Preserving the Heritage of the Battle of Gettysburg
The Gettysburg Foundation is a non-profit educational organization working in partnership with the National Park Service to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg. In addition to operating the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, the Foundation has a broad preservation mission that includes education, land, monument and artifact preservation and battlefield rehabilitation — all in support of the National Park Service’s goals at Gettysburg.
Who We Are
The Gettysburg Foundation has been the non-profit partner of the National Park Service at Gettysburg since 1989. It continues to foster lasting collaborations with academic institutions and private organizations through educational and leadership programs, facilitate extensive monument and land preservation projects, and fund acreage and property acquisitions deemed pivotal to the historical interpretation of Gettysburg.
The Friends of Gettysburg was started in 1989 by a small group of concerned citizens who wanted to help preserve the national parks at Gettysburg. Since its founding, it has become a national leader in battlefield landscape preservation, land protection, monument restoration and education, providing millions of dollars to Gettysburg National Military Park for preservation programs.
Working with the National Park Service, the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation was established in 1998 to raise the funds to build a new Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center; ensure the preservation of an extensive collection of Civil War-era archival materials, objects and artifacts; conserve the Gettysburg Cyclorama painting; and help return portions of the battlefield to their 1863 appearance.
In 2006, the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation and the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg, two groups dedicated to preserving history in Gettysburg, merged to create the Gettysburg Foundation.
Today, the Gettysburg Foundation operates the LEED Gold Certified Gettysburg National Park Museum and Visitor Center, which it opened to the public in April 2008, on behalf of the National Park Service without federal funding. Additionally, it has helped Gettysburg National Military Park acquire and preserve more than 500 acres of battlefield land; funded nearly a dozen major battlefield rehabilitation projects to bring the field closer to its 1863 appearance; secured assistance to preserve numerous monuments and cannons; provided for the development of cutting-edge and award-winning exhibits, educational programs and services; and provided more than 20,000 volunteer hours to preserve the park’s cultural and commemorative resources.