DC & Gettysburg Middle School Program

Make connections to American history by exploring the Battlefield of Gettysburg and discovering the famous monuments and awe-inspiring memorials in DC.

Monument on battlefield of Gettysburg, PA Shadow

Travel back in time!

Students will not only walk in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers but they will also discover our country’s most iconic sites on Close Up’s thrilling 5-day/4-night Washington, DC and Gettysburg Student Travel Tour Program. Guided by our highly-trained instructors, students have the opportunity to:

  • Discuss the historic events that have shaped our nation through visits to DC’s must-see sites;
  • Engage with peers to debate the most pressing issues facing our nation in an exciting, hands-on Mock Congress;
  • Experience the Battle of Gettysburg through a dramatic sound and light program that is as tall as a four-story building;
  • Discover the Gettysburg Museum’s interactive exhibit featuring relics from the Battle of Gettysburg;
  • Reflect on the importance of one of America’s great speeches while visiting Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address site; and
  • Walk your way through the Battle of Gettysburg and learn more about the turning point in the Civil War with a Gettysburg Park Ranger!

Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participants under 18 years of age.




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