Noted Lincoln Expert Harold Holzer To Address Tauck Guests In Gettysburg

Author And Consultant To The Film “Lincoln” Will Speak Just Prior To The 150th Anniversary Of Lincoln’s Historic Gettysburg Address

NORWALK, CT (May 29, 2013)  Harold Holzer, the noted author, Abraham Lincoln expert, and consultant to the critically-acclaimed Steven Spielberg film Lincoln, will speak to Tauck guests about the 16th president’s life and times this fall, during the October 19th departure of the company’s “Most Hallowed Ground” Civil War tour.  Holzer will address the Tauck group in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where on November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address.  Holzer’s presentation will occur on October 22nd, exactly four weeks prior to the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s delivery of the iconic speech. 

“When Steven Spielberg assembled the world’s foremost scholars for his film Lincoln, he enlisted Harold Holzer as a consultant,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar.  “Harold is hands-down one of the preeminent experts on Lincoln, and we’re thrilled that he’ll be speaking to our guests in Gettysburg, on the eve of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.  It’s another ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ moment that we’re proud to offer our guests.”

Holzer has authored, co-authored, and edited 46 books, and written more than 500 articles and reviews for various magazines and scholarly journals.  He also contributes regularly to the Civil War anniversary websites of The New York Times and Washington Post.  “I’m thrilled to be speaking to Tauck’s guests in the days before the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, in the very place Lincoln delivered it,” said Holzer.  “Anniversaries are naturally times of commemoration and contemplation, and what better occasion than this anniversary to revisit the single most famous speech in American history, and reflect on the utterly amazing individual who delivered it?”

Holzer’s presentation will take place on Day 4 of the October 19th departure of Tauck’s “Most Hallowed Ground” tour, which was co-designed by Tauck and the filmmaker Ken Burns.  Burns’s film The Civil War remains the highest rated and the most celebrated documentary in PBS history.  The 11-day itinerary begins with a three-night stay at the Mayflower Renaissance in Washington, DC, where Tauck guests will enjoy exclusive early-admission into the National Archives and visits to other Civil War-related sites in the city. 

Guests will also travel to the site of abolitionist John Brown’s failed raid at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, as well as Antietam National Battlefield and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Maryland.  In Virginia, guests will explore the roots of the Civil War during visits to the homes of founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and they’ll learn about the conflict’s toll at Appomattox Court House, Petersburg and Richmond.  Along the way, guests’ understanding of the Civil War will be enhanced by a series of exclusive filmed vignettes in which Ken Burns shares his personal perspectives on people, events and themes that shaped and were shaped by “the war between the states.”

Included in the tour price (from $4,190 per person, double occupancy, plus air) are all accommodations, ground transportation including airport transfers, all sightseeing and admission to all attractions, most meals and gratuities, luggage handling, and much more.  Those interested in learning more may see their local travel agent, visit, or call 1 800 468 2825.

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