Women Behind These Walls

Much of Civil War-era history is recorded through the eyes of men: soldiers, laborers, government officials, and others. Women tofFamilyBehind These Walls is free, self-guided walking tour of downtown Gettysburg designed to share the stories and perspectives of civilian women who lived during the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath. The posters along the tour are placed at locations that were significant to each woman’s life before, during, or after the battle. The tour  is a collaborative effort between the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and Survivors, Inc., the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, Gettysburg Licensed Town Guides, and For the Cause Productions, Inc.

A special thank-you to all the businesses, organizations, and homeowners who agreed to be a part of this project.

Click here for a printable tour brochure (updated Aug. 2015). You can also find brochures at the YWCA, the Destination Gettysburg office, the Gettysburg Heritage Center, and A&A Village Treasures.

#25 Catherine “Kitty” Payne Brian’s story (no placard is currently displayed at Kitty’s site; an illustration of Kitty is shown above):
I lived here (219 S. Washington St.) with my second husband, Abraham Brian. My first husband had died of a fever, leaving me with three small children. I had been a slave in Virginia but had been set free upon my master’s death. His nephew, who had inherited the farm, took exception to our freedom and sent bounty hunters after my family. They captured us and took us back to Virginia, where we spent a year in jail. My life here was not any happier as my new husband did not want the burden of my children and sent them off to live with other families. My heart was broken and I died at age 34.

Day of Transformation

A one-day event created to honor the memory of Jennifer Weaver by making a difference in the lives of women in our community. Local women who are aspiring to make a change, and could use a helping hand, are invited to choose professional clothing and accessories, receive makeovers and massages, and learn skills for interviewing and resume writing. This free event helps women in need to gain confidence and guidance.

The sixth annual Day of Transformation will be held Tuesday, April 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. 

How you can help:
Donate women’s clothing, handbags, jewelry, and accessories.
Clothing should be professional or business casual, gently used or new, clean, and on hangers.
For convenient drop off, use rear entrance to Thrift Store from E. Zerfing Alley.
Please mark your donations for “Day of Transformation”.
Hangers may be picked up at Thrift Store.
Any remaining items from the event benefit the Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop.
Donation slips will be provided for your generosity. Thank you for your support!
Donations accepted: April 2-6, Monday–Friday: 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

            Note: this year, there is early drop off at the United Way of Adams County on 123 Buford Avenue.

For Questions Call: Nancy Lilley (717) 334-9171, ext. 115, or: nlilley@ywcagettysburg.org.

Sponsored by HACC-Gettysburg, Margaret Trew Cline Foundation, South Central Community Action Programs, Survivors, Inc., the United Way of Adams County, WellSpan, and the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County.

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Everyone is welcome to the YWCA’s Brown Bag Lunch Series! This series is held at noon in the YWCA Community Room at 909 Fairfield Road. Registration is recommended; call 717-334-9171, ext. 115 or email nlilley@ywcagettysburg.org.

Our 2018 series will again feature leaders throughout Adams County. The series is free to attend and open to the public. This year’s theme is “Around the YWCA Community” featuring stories of YWCA members and those living in Gettysburg & Adams County.

Details will be updated as information becomes available. 

January 16: Pamela Haze, a retired Senior Policy official, will be speaking on her journey and experiences of 39 years in the Department of the Interior. Pam was responsible for oversight and management of the Department of the Interior’s budget finance, performance and acquisition programs and policies including annual development and issuance of the budget and annual financial report. In an article about her retirement, Pam was described as a “rock star” by two Interior colleagues and credited with helping to keep the department afloat during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the federal sequester and the government shutdown of October 2013.

February 20: Adrienne Marvin, YWCA member, will be speaking about her experiences in Mozambique as a Peace Corps worker.

April 3 (rescheduled date due to snow): Wendy Allen, local artist and owner of Lincoln Into Art Studio and Gallery, will speak about her journey on becoming a businesswoman here in Gettysburg and her Lincoln passion.

April 17: Nancie Gudmestad, another local businesswoman, will speak about her work with the restoration of the Shriver House, an award winning Gettysburg museum that presents the story of the Battle of Gettysburg as seen through the eyes of the residents of Gettysburg.

May 1 (Please note the change from the third Tuesday of the month to the first for this presentation): Tom Deloe, a YWCA member and a member of Fair Districts PA Adams County, will be speaking to the group on the timely topic of gerrymandering.

September 18: Yeimi K Gagliardi will share her experience with the immersion program hosted by the Boarder Servant Corps in El Paso, TX in early June.  The presentation will feature highlights from the interviews and meetings with border patrol, immigrants living in El Paso, people living in colonias on both sides of the boarder, human rights workers and other community leaders.  This trip was possible thanks to the Gettysburg College- Center for Public Service.

Yeimi (Jamie) Gagliardi, is a Latino health educator in Adams County for WellSpan Health. She also serves as chairperson for the Latino Services Task Force and the Tobacco Prevention Task Force of Healthy Adams County where she leads and collaborates, with other community based organizations, in the development, implementation and evaluation of initiatives to reach underserved communities in Adams County.

October 16: Andrea Niedererr of Respective Solutions will speak about her work in helping our community become a Trauma Informed Community.

November 20: Linda Raymond, YWCA member, yoga instructor, and Board member, will wrap up the 2018 series by talking about her experiences as one of the first females to play with the US Army Band.


A group currently meets at the YWCA to review and improve through playing. This is a relaxed atmosphere of casual play. Anyone with a working knowledge of the basic skills of bridge may join us.

Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Rec Free     Basic $2     Non $4


Mah Jongg

submitted by Ruth Sullivan

Join the fun!

Mah Jongg is a game that originated in China. Commonly played by four players, it is a game of skill, strategy and calculation and involves a certain degree of chance.

We play the American 4-player version that includes, along with the three suites, winds (honors), flowers and joker tiles.

We welcome new players. You do not need your own set to play.

Fridays, 12:15 p.m.

Rec Free     Basic $2     Non $4

Women in History Essay Contest

The annual Women in History essay and art contest is open to students in grades 6 through 8 in all Adams County public and private schools, as well as home-schooled students. The contest includes categories for essays and artwork.

PRIZES: The first, second and third place winners in each grade will be awarded cash for writing entries. Artwork will be judged separately, and there will be only one first, second, and third place winner awarded a cash prize. Each winner will receive a coupon for a 10% discount on either a junior or family membership when they join the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County.

Click on the documents below to submit your own entry!

Cover Sheet WIH

Guidelines WIH

Congratulations to our 2018 winners! Click on each student’s name to view his or her essay.

8th grade:
1: Ally Shultz (Elizabeth Blackwell), Gettysburg Area Middle School, Teacher: Mrs. Kessel

2: Tiger Frenette (Benazir Bhutto), Gettysburg Area Middle School, Teacher: Mrs. Kessel

3: Tyler Hillson (Dorothea Lenge), St. Francis Xavier, Teacher: Mrs. Hughes

7th grade:
1: Taylor Lady (Helen Keller), Upper Adams Middle School, Teacher: Mrs. Granger

2: Elias Wertzberger (Eleanor Roosevelt), Gettysburg Area Middle School, Teacher: Mrs. Veres

3: Lily Shriner (Ruth Bader Ginsburg), St. Francis Xavier, Teacher: Mrs. Hughes

6th grade:
1: Francis LaBarbera (Elizabeth Blackwell), Gettysburg Area Middle School, Teacher: Mrs. Hassinger

2: Winter Oaster (Mia Hamm), Gettysburg Area Middle School, Teacher: Mrs. Hassinger

3: John Kloster (Susan B. Anthony), Gettysburg Area Middle School, Teacher: Mr. Snyder

1: Alaynah Collins (Eliza Schuyler Hamilton), Gettysburg Area Middle School, Teacher: Mrs. Thomas

2: Gabriella Shelleman-Wetzel (collage of many women), Gettysburg Area Middle School, Teacher: Mrs. Kessel

3: Arwen Aguilera (Frida Kahlo), Gettysburg Area Middle School, Teacher: Mrs. Kessel

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and DAY ON

The YWCA is a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, which plans Gettysburg’s annual event to honor Dr. King’s legacy. The 38th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be held Monday, January 22 at the Gettysburg College Christ Chapel from 7-8:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend!

This year’s event will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Mary Frances Berry, an author, educator and historian. For over four decades, Berry has been one of the most recognized and respected voices in our nation’s civil rights, gender equality and social justice movements. Serving as Chairperson of the US Civil Rights Commission, Berry led the charge for equal rights and liberties for all Americans over the course of four Presidential administrations. A trailblazer for women and African Americans alike, she also became the first woman of any race to head a major research university, serving at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her vision of social freedom and equality alongside her wisdom and candor, assure her place in the future agenda of America. With fierce determination, Berry never backs down. She continues to speak boldly for those who can’t speak for themselves.

The evening will also include performances by the Morgan State University Choir, the Gettysburg High School Chorus, the Chamber Chorale of the Gettysburg Children’s Choir, and a prelude by the Biglerville High School Jazz Band at 6:30. The celebration also features a presentation of the Living the Dream Award, sponsored by the YWCA and United Way of Adams County. The 2017 Living the Dream Award was presented to Adrienne Camel.

The YWCA is also the host site for the United Way of Adams County’s annual DAY ON of service, held each January on King’s birthday. Call Vickie Corbett at 717-334-5809 for more information on how you can get involved.

Nearly New Sale

Our semiannual (spring and fall) Children’s Nearly New sale provides area families the opportunity to buy and sell good-quality, gently used, seasonal children’s clothing (infant – size 14), shoes (bagged in pairs), baby equipment, furnishings, toys and MORE!

Like many YWCA fundraisers, the Nearly New Sale relies on volunteers. Those who volunteer for at least five hours prior to the sale are invited to shop a special volunteer-only pre-sale. To volunteer for our spring or fall sales, call Nancy Lilley at 717-334-9171, ext. 115 or email nlilley@ywcagettysburg.org.

Click here for important information about volunteer hours and unaccompanied children at the Nearly New Sale (adopted by the YWCA Board of Directors March 2014).

Nearly New Schedule

Consignments accepted: Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 15, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Donations accepted: Oct. 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Volunteer pre-sale: Oct. 18, 6 to 8 p.m.
Sale: Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Nearly New Rules

Click here for our Consignment Agreement

Violation of these rules will result in a $10 penalty accessed against your consignment proceeds.

1. Only seasonal clothing may be consigned – off season items will be considered a donation to the YW. Seasonal clothing includes: Fall & Winter clothing in the fall sale; Spring & Summer clothing in the spring sale.

2. Only clothing for infants and children up to the age of 18 years old, will be accepted.

3. All clothing must be washed, folded and sorted by size.

4. Stained/torn clothing will not be accepted.

5. Items may not reference weapons, violence, alcohol or drugs.

6. Movies and related apparel must be Rated “G” or “PG”. Video games must be rated “E”.

7. No computer games can be accepted due to copyright issues.

8. Shoes must be tied together, bagged or boxed together or otherwise attached to one another.

9. No bras, nursing or otherwise, underwear or boxers will be accepted for consignment or donation, new or used.

10. Outfit sets must be safety-pinned together.

11. No car seats can be accepted.

12. Baby equipment cannot be more than 3 years old, and must meet current safety regulations. All belts, straps, etc must be attached in the proper place.

13. Toys must be in working condition and include all pieces. Pieces must be bagged and attached to the main item.

14. No stuffed animals will be accepted.

Nearly New Processes and Fees

1. Consignment fees are as follows – $5.00 for first 100 items, $10.00 for 101-250 items, $15.00 for 251-400 items, and $20.00 for 401-500 items. Cost for consignments over 500 items will be at the discretion of the committee.

2. The consignment income is split: 55% for consignor, 45% for the YWCA.

a. The YWCA portion of all sold items is considered a donation to the YWCA. You will receive a receipt with the amount of the donation along with your consignment check.

b. Items not sold will not be referenced as a donation.

c. Instead of consigning, you may make an outright donation of all of your goods to the YWCA. In this case, all items will be considered a donation. Please ask for a donation receipt when you drop off your donation.

3. Consignors may not tag their own items

4. Items, consigned or donated, may only be dropped off at posted drop-off times.

5. Consignors must accept the pricing established by the committee. These prices are based on our experiences at prior sales. If a consignor wants to set a price on a specific item, that must be discussed with a committee member at drop-off. Self-price items must be clearly more valuable than standard items of the same type (e.g. sleigh-bed style crib).

6. Items determined to be not sellable by committee members will be put in the rummage pile outside of the gymnasium. These items are given away for free. We will do our best to notify consignors if a large or expensive item is deemed not sellable, but there are no guarantees you will be notified. Once consigned/donated items have entered the gym, including plastic containers, they cannot leave the gym until everything has been tagged and placed on the tables for sale, or approved for the rummage pile as stained/torn.

7. Items not sold by the end of the day on Friday will be sold for ½ price on Saturday morning. Items not sold at the ½ price sale will be sold at a “bag sale” or given to other charities. Consignors receive no compensation or donation information for items sold at the bag sale or given to other charities. Consignors may claim unsold items between 5 and 6 p.m. on Friday to avoid losing half or all of the consignment income.

8. Consignors may not shop the pre-sale unless they volunteer for a minimum of 5 hours organizing for the sale. The pre-sale is for volunteers only.

LEGO Robotics Club

The LEGO Robotics Club is offered a part of the ASAP after-school program for Gettysburg elementary schools. The 6-week program provides 4th and 5th grade girls the opportunity to explore computers and robotics technology in a nurturing, girls-only environment under the guidance of Gettysburg College students.

Research suggests that programs like this are effective tools to challenge the gender divide of men and women in high paying, technology-oriented careers. Check with your child’s teacher to register your child for the Fall or Spring sessions of LEGOs.

In 2011, Gettysburg High School student Kasey Rathgeber started a LEGOs program at Gettysburg Middle School to bridge the gap between our elementary school program and STEM Savvy at Gettysburg High School.

Find out how you can support LEGOs and our other women’s empowerment programs.

Fourth and 5th grade girls at Lincoln Elementary School work with Gettysburg College students to build and program robots during the Spring 2010 LEGO program.