There’s a lot going on at Civil War Tails and here in Gettysburg! On this page, we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news exciting us here at Civil War Tails. Under “Happenings,” we’ll also list a few of the events going on at Civil War Tails and in the area.

Civil War Tails News

Civil War Tails featured on the Civil War Talk Radio podcast

Thank you to Gerald Prokopowicz for featuring Civil War Tails on the June 19 episode of Civil War Talk Radio! The episode can be found here or in the archived episodes after June 26th.

Civil War Tails included in the American Battlefield Trust’s “Make Some History” itinerary

Thanks to the American Battlefield Trust for including Civil War Tails on their list of things to do in Gettysburg! Formerly the Civil War Trust, the American Battlefield Trust is the foremost organization for preserving battlefields, not only of the Civil War, but of the American Revolution and the War of 1812. We’re honored that they chose to include Civil War Tails on their suggested itinerary!

Civil War Tails on “One Tank Trip” of WFMZ

Thank you to Karin Mallett from WFMZ for featuring Civil War Tails on One Tank Trip! If you’re looking for things to do within driving distance, check out some of the other sites featured here.

York Daily Record tells the story of Civil War Tails

Many thanks to Mike Argento and Paul Kuehnel from the York Daily Record for spending time at Civil War Tails and for writing this article, accompanied by this video and photo slideshow!

Civil War Tails featured by FOX 29

We want to thank photojournalist Bill Rohrer with FOX 29 News for joining us at Civil War Tails! You can find his article here.

Civil War Tails is Roadside America’s featured “Sight of the Week”

We want to thank the team at Roadside America for featuring Civil War Tails for the week of January 16-22! Check out their article here.

Hampton Roads Naval Museum ponders how Civil War Tails adds to the “legacy of how we ‘remember’ the Battle of Hampton Roads”

Many thanks to Joseph Miechle from the Hampton Roads Naval Museum for his blog post on Civil War Tails, particularly our diorama of the battle between the ironclads. It was a pleasure and a privilege sharing our recreation of the battle with him. You can read his thoughtful reflections here.

Civil War Tails featured on UncoveringPA

We’d like to thank Jim Cheney and UncoveringPA for a very fine article describing Civil War Tails, based on his visit to the museum. You can read the article and enjoy some nice pictures of our dioramas here.

Civil War Tails As Seen On CNN’s “Great Big Story”!

Many thanks to Jon and Liz from “Great Big Story” for crafting this great little video to share the story of Civil War Tails! Great Big Story has some other really fascinating videos, so check them out. You never know what you’ll learn. Say, about making globes…

Civil War Tails featured on the blogs of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and Destination Gettysburg

I have to admit that we never expected to be featured by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! But they hit the nail on the head as to what we strive for here at Civil War Tails in their recent blog post about Civil War Tails.

If you’re looking for unique things to do while you’re in Adams County, Destination Gettysburg’s website is a great place to start. Check out their recent blog post of four highlights that you can only find here in Adams County, PA! Yes, Civil War Tails made the list, but you also don’t want to miss the Land of Little Horses Farm Park, Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium, and Gettysburg Dime Museum.

Civil War Tails featured in NPR’s tour of “unsung museums”

NPR’s Morning Edition recently delved into our roots and purpose in their series on little-known gems of museums. On behalf of our purring soldiers, we thank the staff at NPR for including Civil War Tails in their tour!

Interview with Civil War Tails

Many thanks to Jim Eltringham for featuring Civil War Tails in his Crummy Little Podcast. You can listen to his interview with Rebecca here (click on “Listen/download it here” to listen to the audio). This interview gives a great overview of what we’re doing here at Civil War Tails and why.

Civil War Tails the featured museum in Washington Post article

We want to thank Karen Heller for visiting Civil War Tails and writing an article about our museum! Amid all the fascinating museums in the U.S. (read the article to see just how many there are), it is an honor to be one of those featured in the Post’s series. Check out the article for some ideas on other unique museums to visit, too!

Dioramas Lookin’ Good in Photos and Video!

A big “Thank you” to Matt Roth (for the Washington Post), who put together an amazing gallery of his photos of our dioramas, our museum cat Kitty, oh–and Ruth and Rebecca, too!

And a big “Thank you” to Jon Flashnick and Programming Corporation of America for the great job they did capturing who we are here at Civil War Tails in their video series about us! You’ll even get to learn a little more about Kitty if you check out their videos here.

We really appreciate Matt and Jon and company for coming to Civil War Tails and taking the time to capture our “guys” so beautifully.

Civil War Tails on AtlasObscura

If you’re looking for off-the-beaten-track attractions, Atlas Obscura has just what you’re looking for!  …And they even featured Civil War Tails!  You can read the article here.



Join us on Memorial Day to watch the annual Memorial Day Parade, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Lefever Street and ending at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.  The parade marches past our building, and you are welcome to escape the sun and join us on our front porch!  This is a special parade–the soldiers’ orphans who used to live in our house and the original orphanage next door would march in the parade to the cemetery where many of their fathers–Union soldiers who died in the war–were buried.  The children of the Gettysburg school district carry on the tradition.  Another highlight is seeing a restored Huey helicopter from the Vietnam War–and the veterans riding in it–thanks to Helicopter Applicators, Inc. of Gettysburg and the local American Legion Post 202.


Civil War Tails is at the Gettysburg Reenactment in July! Join us, Ruth and Rebecca Brown, the creators of the dioramas and authors of the book “Civil War Tails: 8,000 Cat Soldiers Tell the Panoramic Story” at the Authors-Artists Tent on Friday and Saturday during the reenactment. You can find information and tickets for the reenactment at


Join us on Labor Day weekend for our Civil War Tails Anniversary Scavenger Hunt! We’ll be celebrating on Friday, Saturday, and Labor Day Monday with scavenger hunts for adults and kids (with prizes!), plus a discount on admission. Come join us for some fun and don’t forget to start your Christmas shopping (or list!) while you’re here!


Come enjoy a bit of the Christmas season in Gettysburg!

  • Kick the season off with “A Gettysburg Christmas Festival,” a time of music, fun games, shopping, decorations, carriage rides, hot cocoa, and much more. Check out the website for this year’s dates and more information. And don’t forget to stop by Civil War Tails! We’ll be open, with four Christmas trees and 8,000 cats worth of Christmas cheer! 
  • You can also check out Destination Gettysburg’s Events Calendar for various special activities throughout the month of December. Some of our personal favorites are:
    • The Shriver House – tour the house and see what several Christmases were like for the Shriver family during the Civil War
    • “A Christmas Carol,” presented by Totem Pole Playhouse and shown in the Majestic Theater in the center of Gettysburg
    • Eisenhower Farm – see the house decorated as Ike and Mamie would have celebrated Christmas. Tickets and shuttle are available at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor’s Center




Civil War Tails at the Homestead Diorama Museum, LLC              785 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325                                                                                       (717) 420-5273     

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