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 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! You may get the “convention rate” of $117 + 11% tax by booking with the Wyndham through October 15. The rate is good for stays from Wednesday October 27 to Sunday, October 30. There is no charge for a second guest in the room.
CONFERENCE EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
After a delay in 2020 due to the pandemic, there is even more excitement about the event at such a sacred American venue. With that being the case, National Commander Pete Hinz is extending an open invitation for all to attend who are interested to register to attend, regardless if you are a member of the Association or not.
Gettysburg National Military Park is without a doubt the most visited battlefield in the United States. It is not unusual to see license plates from all corners of the country at the visitor center. People come from far and wide, including internationally, to visit this magnificent park that has been commemorated with a multitude of statues, monuments, markers and cannons.
One of the highlights of the Convention will be a tour of Culp’s Hill conducted by Jim Hessler, Licensed Battlefield Guide and award-winning author, in the afternoon on Saturday, October 30. It was here that troops from Maryland and Virginia opposed each other and established the basis for the “Blue Gray” 29th Division organized in 1917.
1. On Thursday, October 28, we hope to arrange a 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 Eisenhower National Historic Site affords a look at the home life of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower. The tour season ends before the Convention. We are hoping to work out a special tour for interested Convention members.
2. Also on Thursday, we hope to arrange a visit to the new WWII Museum, which is still under construction. American Experience Museum will feature a wide variety of vehicles, uniforms, and artifacts from the battlefront as well as the home front.
3. Thursday evening there will be a trip to the Gettysburg Cyclorama ($25/pp). An exclusive evening experience at the Visitors Center that will feature a private viewing of the massive, circular painting of Pickett’s Charge, as well as a tour of the museum.
4. Friday morning will have a Full Battlefield Tour ($25/pp), a bus tour of the entire battlefield with a Licensed Battlefield Guide (LBG) visiting such iconic sites as Little Round Top, the Wheatfield, Devil’s Den, Pickett’s Charge, the Eternal Peace Light and McPherson’s Farm.
5. Friday afternoon will offer a Pour Tour ($21/pp for transportation only). The tour will take you to tasting rooms in down-town Gettysburg and the Adams County countryside to treat your palate to local wines, ciders, spirits, meads and craft brews.
6. Saturday morning will have the Longstreet’s Assault Tour ($25/pp). Led by award winning author and LBG, Jim Hessler, you will receive an in-depth interpretation of the massive Confederate attack on Day 2 featuring General Dan Sickles’ controversial move to the Peach Orchard.
7. Saturday afternoon will offer Culp’s Hill Tour ($10/pp). Also, led by Jim Hessler, the tour will feature an overview presentation followed by a visit to the recently rehabilitated to an 1863 appearance venue where Confederate troops from Maryland and Virginia fought against US troops from Maryland on Day 2 and 3 of the battle.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS AT OR 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