The Association’s 102nd Anniversary Reunion & Convention

The 2021 29th Division Association Convention will be held at the Wyndham Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, October 28-31, 2021.

Conference Proposed/Planned Events and Activities

1. Visit to the Eisenhower National Historic Site – the home and farm of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. In addition to serving as the home and farm of the 34th President, it provided President Eisen- hower time away from Washington and an environment for efforts to reduce Cold War tensions. The Eisenhower National Historic Site affords a look at the home life of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower. It was renovated in the early 1950s; after retiring to the farm in 1961, the Eisenhowers gifted the property to the federal government in 1967. The farm was designated as a National Historic Site in 1969.

2. Visit to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. The new center opened in 2008 and consolidated key facilities and resources for visitors to Gettysburg. We plan to:

  • View the film “A New Birth of Freedom,” which follows events from the Civil War’s beginning to the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln’s immortal Gettysburg Address;
  • Visit the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama, originally displayed in 1884 and relocated and fully restored by 2008, is a massive, 360-degree painting that places the viewer in the middle of Pickett’s Charge on the decisive third day of the Battle;
  • Visit the Gettysburg Museum of the Civil War. View the war and its aftermath through authentic artifacts and interactive exhibits in museum;
  • Visit and shop at the Museum Bookstore, an excellent collection of related books, gifts and memorabilia.
3. Tour (guided) of the battlefield in the Gettysburg National Military Park. The Battle of Gettysburg was the Civil War’s bloodiest battle and is considered by many as a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North, and the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion.” We will arrange for a guided tour, with one possible approach being somewhat chronological:

  • Day 1 – McPherson Ridge, town of Gettysburg, Cemetery Hill
  • Day 2 – Culp’s Hill, Seminary Ridge, Peach Orchard, Devil’s Den, the Wheatfield and Little Round Top
  • Day 3 – Cemetery Ridge and Pickett’s Charge
4. Brewery/Brew Pub Crawl. Craft and microbreweries are a recent and popular addition to the American landscape and cultural experience. Some in the Gettysburg area that we are considering for the event include Appalachian Brewing Company, Fourscore Beer Company, Tattered Flag Tap Room (veteran owned), Thirsty Farmer Brew Works, and Battlefield Brew Works.

5. A second wreath laying at the Gettysburg National Cemetery during the Conference – we will incorporate this into the exciting schedule of events we are planning; and

6. Seminars and presentations from which attendees can pick and choose from:

  • Roundtable Discussion led by family descendants of WWII 29ers.
  • “The 29th Division for Dummies”
  • Militia units comprising the 29th Division had performed valorous service in all of America’s wars, from the renowned “Maryland 400” at the Battle of Long Island in 1776 to the “Stonewall Brigade” in the Civil War.
  • Sessions addressing topics from selected major periods of activity of the 29th and militia units comprising the 29th (e.g., Revolutionary War, Civil War, War of 1812, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Bosnia & Kosovo, Global War on Terror).

Conference Lodging

We have confirmed our arrangements with the Wyndham Gettysburg for hosting our Conference and providing lodging and other services. The Wyndham is a beautiful facility inside and out, a hotel, dining and entertainment (restaurant and multi-screen theater complex) campus, located just outside the city limits of Gettysburg. Nearby activities include shopping at nearby Outlet Shoppes, wine tasting at local vineyards, or golf at The Links at Gettysburg, to name a few.

There is regular shuttle service from the hotel to downtown Gettysburg, making it easy to take advantage of the shopping, dining, and attractions without driving and parking hassles! *Of great importance is the offer from Wyndham to honor the negotiated base daily room rate of $114 for up to 3 days before and 3 days after the Conference proper. This means you can (and should) enjoy an affordable vacation at a top-notch hotel in an area that is phenomenally rich and diverse in opportunities.

Other Attractions Near Gettysburg

We hope you come to the Conference as part of an extended stay (4 or more days) to take advantage of other opportunities in the area.

Locations in an hour’s drive or less from Gettysburg include Frederick, MD (Monocacy National Battlefield, National Museum of Civil War Medicine and much more), Carlisle, PA (Carlisle Barracks, Military Heritage Foundation), Sharpsburg (Antietam National Battlefield), Harper’s Ferry, SV (Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park), Harrisburg, PA (state capital of PA, with tremendous tourism opportunities), and Hershey, PA (Hershey Amusement Park, Hershey Chocolate World).

As you can see, a lot of thought and effort has already occurred towards our Convention this year. To that end, we want as many people as possible to enjoy and take advantage of the opportunities we will present.

In addition to Association members, we want to welcome current 29ers, serving members of the military, and historians and history buffs who will see a great opportunity to visit, see, share, and learn from all that Gettysburg offers, from the great opportunities beyond the immediate area of Gettysburg, and, most importantly, from the time we share with each other “To keep alive the spirit that never knew defeat; to glorify our dead, and to further keep before our country, the record of the 29th Division in all wars.”

“29 Let’s Go!”

Peter C. Hinz
National Commander 29th Division Association
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