Academic Affairs Office

Experience the Battlefields of Gettysburg

MCC Living History Trip: Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2012 - Cancelled

Join MCC students, faculty and staff and community members for an unforgettable educational excursion to the Civil War battlefields of Gettysburg. Held in conjunction with MCC's history course, the trip involves two complete days at the National Historical Park. This event is designed to complement American history enthusiasts of all interest levels.

  • Walk the hallowed ground and explore the actual sites, such as Pickett's Charge, involved in the seminal event of the American Civil WareWWWWWW
  • Learn from licensed battlefield guides
  • Get a firsthand appreciation and knowledge of the pivotal battle's history, politics, military generalship, and geography 


Schedule of Events

Friday, September 28, 2012

7 a.m. - Depart Muskegon Community College
7 p.m. - Arrive in Getttysburg, Pennsylvania

Saturday, September 28, 2012

8:45 a.m. - Depart hotel (breakfast)
9:30 a.m. -  Arrive at Gettysburg Battlefield Visitor Center, tour museum, view introductory film
12:30 p.m. - Guided battlefield tour, including Pickett’s Charge
4:45 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Dinner and shopping in Gettysburg

Sunday: September 30, 2012

9:30 a.m. - Depart hotel (breakfast)
10:15 a.m. - Arrive at Gettysburg Battlefield Visitor Center
Noon - 2 p.m. - Battlefield tour via horseback (Optional. Additional fees)
2 p.m. - Lunch at Visitor Center
3:45 p.m. - East Calvary Field
4 p.m. - Afternoon/evening in Gettysburg

Monday: October 1, 2012

8 a.m. - Depart hotel
8 p.m. - Arrive at Muskegon Community College


The cost of the excursion is $375 per person or $725 per couple and includes luxury motorcoach transportation, hotel accomodations, and park fees. Participation fee also includes access to all online and printed class materials, lectures, and interactive presentations.



For more information, contact MCC instructors and trip organizers Kurt Troutman or George Maniates at (231) 777-0693.


"For the History 212 student, its’s the chance to do hands-on primary historical research. They’ll come away with a better appreciation of being able to put site and history together. Most times, a student will just read it in a textbook and that’s all. This gives him or her perspective. For the traditional student, they learn how to write a better research paper and use better techniques. They’re going to learn about the battle, but they’re also going to learn about historiography. The community members do not have to take the class but many do sit in on the classes. On the trip, the interaction between students and the community members is very strong. The students learn from the community members as much as the community members learn from the students."

- George Maniates, MCC History Instructor