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BGES Weekend Warrior Program: The BGES at 25 Itinerary

Friday, April 6, 2018

1 PM: Arrive at your leisure at Pamplin Historical Park to pick up your registration materials and walk the grounds as you please. The program starts at 1 PM with a welcome and introduction from BGES Executive Director, Len Riedel. You will then enjoy two full lectures from speakers, to be announced, before participating in a salute to BGES. A final lecture will precede our opening dinner at Pamplin Park. Riedel will then offer an analysis of the BGES at 25—where it has been, where it is, and where it is going.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Arrive at the headquarters hotel to join an escorted tour of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. George Fickett and Scott Williams (the parents and preservationists responsible for the preservation of the campaign) will lead us on a great overview of this 1864 campaign. We will have lunch and dinner. The dinner will be highlighted by an address from Lisa Thomas, Publisher and Editorial Director for National Geographic Books. Thomas will discuss the four books BGES and Nat Geo have published together. The evening will conclude with an open Q&A period with Riedel about BGES and our operations. 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Arrive at the headquarter hotel to join an escorted tour to North Anna. Here we will be met by Hanover Historical Society member, Art Taylor, who will lead us on a tour of the lines interpreted by BGES signage. You will also receive copies of publications funded by BGES members—some of which are being distributed locally and by the NPS. Following lunch, we will head to Fredericksburg, where we will be met by BGES member and NPS senior historian Greg Mertz, who will lead an abbreviated tour of the fighting along the Fredericksburg Slaughter Pen—a great preservation success—and a visit to Pelham’s Corner to note the importance of the spot and the role of “The Gallant Pelham.” Lunch will be provided, and the program will end with our return to Chester.   


More information to come. We will also provide snacks, bottled water and a limited selection of sodas.

Ten percent of your registration fee is a tax-deductible contribution to the BGES 25th Anniversary Capital Reserve Campaign.