Academic Affairs Office

Experience the Battlefields of Gettysburg

MCC Living History Trip: Oct. 17-Oct. 20, 2014
Lecture Series:  Sept. 15 - Oct. 6, Monday from 6:00 - 8:00

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 War
  • 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, October 17, 2014

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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

9:15 a.m. - Depart hotel (breakfast at hotel)
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
4:30 p.m.  - Dinner and shopping in Gettysburg
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.     Cyclorama evening presentation (optional)
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.   Gettysburg Ghost tour (optional)

Sunday: October 19, 2014

8:15 -10:00 a.m. - Horseback riding through the Battlefield (optional)
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Eisenhower National Historic Site (optional)
9:15 a.m. - Depart hotel (breakfast at hotel)
9:30 a.m. - Arrive at Gettysburg Battlefield Visitor Center
11:00 - 12:30 p.m.  Meet with Sculptor Gary Casteel (optional)
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Battlefield tour with Guides
2:00 p.m. - Lunch at Visitor Center
3:00 p.m. - East Cavalry Field
4 p.m. - Afternoon/evening in Gettysburg

Monday: October 20, 2014

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


The cost of the excursion is $450 per person or $900 per couple* and includes luxury motorcoach transportation, hotel accommodations at the Eisenhower Hotel, and park fees. Participation fee also includes access to all online and printed class materials, lectures, and interactive presentations.

* Register before June 30 and save $25 per person or $75 per couple



For more information, contact MCC instructors and trip organizers Kurt Troutman or George Maniates at (231) 777-0693 or the USS Silversides Submarine Museum at 231-755-1230.


"For the History 212A student, it’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