February 10 - 12, 2023
Ken Burns has been making documentary films about America’s history and its people for over forty years. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries about war, racism, and presidential leadership.
Ken Burns comes to Gettysburg for the first ever festival dedicated solely to his work on February 10-12, 2023. More than a career retrospective, festival goers will engage with Burns, his collaborators, historians, and students in consequential conversations about the simple question Burns has explored in all his films: Who Are We?
Produced by Gettysburg College and the Majestic Theater in cooperation with Florentine Films.
All festival events require ticket reservations. All festival events are general admission.
Paid events: $29 each
Tickets are available online, by phone at (717) 337-8200 or at the Box Office, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg.
Free events: All breakout sessions and most screenings
Tickets for free events must be reserved in person or by phone. Print and fill out the form available here to plan your festival reservation, and then call or visit the Box Office to secure your reservation. Advanced reservation strongly recommended.
Festival Package: SOLD OUT
Includes admission to the three paid events, and early seating at all festival events. Tickets for free events and breakout sessions must be reserved separately. Update 8/31/2022: The Festival Package is Sold Out.
The Civil War Pass: SOLD OUT
Includes admission to all episodes of The Civil War shown Saturday and Sunday. Does not include admission to the showing of Episode 5 on Friday, February 10. This pass must be reserved in person or by phone. Update 8/31/2022: The Civil War Pass is Sold Out.
All festival events require ticket reservations. All festival events are general admission. All titles, session topics and speakers subject to change. Please click here for a timeline version of the schedule.
5-6 pm: Brooklyn Bridge – Free. Tickets required.
7-9:15 pm: Ken Burns Presents The Civil War, Episode 5 –$29 SOLD OUT
Post-screening discussion with Ken Burns and Jake Boritt to follow
10-11:30 am: Thematic Clip Reel - A Divided Nation with Ken Burns – $29
11:45 am – 1:15 pm: Breakout Session: Music – Free. Tickets required.
Speakers: Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, Jacqueline Schwab
12:20-2 pm: The Civil War, Episode 1 – The Cause (1861) – Free. SOLD OUT
2 - 3:30 pm: Thematic Clip Reel - Art with Ken Burns – $29
2:20 - 3:29 pm: The Civil War, Episode 2 – A Very Bloody Affair (1862) – Free. Tickets required.
3:45 – 5:01 pm: The Civil War, Episode 3 – Forever Free (1862) – Free SOLD OUT
3:45 – 5 pm: Breakout Session: Writing – Free. Tickets required.
Speaker: Geoffrey Ward, writer
5:15 - 6:16 pm: The Civil War, Episode 4 – Simply Murder (1863) – Free SOLD OUT
5:30 – 6:55 pm: The Vietnam War, Episode 5 – This is What We Do (July-Dec. 1967) – Free. Tickets required.
6:30 – 8:06 pm: The Civil War, Episode 5 – The Universe of Battle (1863) – Free. Tickets required.
7 – 9:30 pm: The Central Park Five – Free. Tickets required.
Live discussion to follow with activist Kevin Richardson, one of the exonerated men featured in the film.
7:30 – 9:30 pm: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, Episode 5 – The Rising Road (1933-1939) – Free. Tickets required.
11 am – 12:09 pm: The Civil War, Episode 6 – Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864) – Free. SOLD OUT
11 am – 12:30 pm: Breakout Session: Cinematography – Free. Tickets required.
Speaker: Allen Moore, Director of Photography
12:25 – 1:37 pm: The Civil War, Episode 7 – Most Hallowed Ground (1864) – Free. Tickets required.
1 – 4 pm: The War, Episode 4 – Pride of Our Nation (June-August 1944) – Free. Tickets required.
A live discussion featuring Susan Eisenhower, Expert-in-Residence at Gettysburg College's Eisenhower Institute and Tracie Potts, Executive Director of Gettysburg College's Eisenhower Institute, will immediately follow the episode showing.
2 – 3:09 pm: The Civil War, Episode 8 – War is All Hell (1865) – Free. Tickets required.
3:30 - 4:38 pm: The Civil War, Episode 9 – The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) – Free. Tickets required.
4 - 6 pm: Country Music, Episode 6 – Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (1968-1972) – Free. Tickets required.
Ken & Elizabeth Lundeen
David & Pauline LeVan
Monica E. Oss & J. Jay Mackie
Dave & Cynthia Salisbury
The Union Hotel
The Vesta Fund
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