What to do in Gettysburg?

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Thousands of people will head to Gettysburg this week for the famous battle's 150th anniversary. The National Park Service has lots of activities planned for visitors of all ages.

Muster the family!

The front lawn of the visitor center will become a training ground through Thursday, with a tent for hands-on family activities.

You can "enlist" in the Army to see what it was like to be a soldier in the Civil War. Try on a uniform and lug some equipment around.

There will be infantry, cavalry and artillery demonstrations, living history events, stories about children during the battle and much more.

Cards to keep or trade

Walk in the footsteps of Southern private Wesley Culp and Northern nurse Cornelia Hancock and earn passport-like ID cards of them and four others who had roles at Gettysburg.

These cards are part of a special anniversary program. Visit six places on the battlefield by July 7 and get an ID card at each stop.

Civil War parks also have their own trading cards. Attend a ranger program at Gettysburg this week or visit the family tent at the visitor center through July 4 and collect all eight Gettysburg cards, including one with the photo of Union soldier Amos Humiston's children. Then you can swap with your friends: I'll trade you Robert E. Lee for Bryce Harper.

See for yourself

Want to attend a generals' council of war? Or go on Pickett's Charge, the doomed attack on the battle's last day?

Park rangers are offering on-the-spot programs through July 4 at the same place and time where and when the events occurred 150 years ago. This activity is mostly for adults, but if you have grown-up manners and can be up as early as 6 a.m. -- or as late as 11 p.m. -- you are welcome to attend. Have Mom or Dad check out the "Battlefield Experience" programs at www.nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/150th-anniversary-ranger-programs.htm or npsgnmp.wordpress.com.

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