Gettysburg Foundation History
The Gettysburg Foundation is a non-profit educational organization working to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg. At the Gettysburg Foundation, preserving Gettysburg history is an important part of our mission. By working in partnership with the National Park Service, the Gettysburg Foundation has raised funds for and built the new Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park. The Gettysburg Foundation has also contributed to the preservation of land, monuments, artifacts and battlefield rehabilitation efforts of the National Park Service. You can support us by becoming a member of the Friends of Gettysburg, the membership component of the Gettysburg Foundation.
Gettysburg Foundation and the Friends of National Parks at Gettysburg: A Public-Private Partnership
The Gettysburg Foundation is a result of the merging of two active groups dedicated to preserving Gettysburg’s history: The Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation and the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg. These groups have been instrumental in their focus on preserving history at Gettysburg.
The Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation was established in 1998. Working with the National Park Service, this organization was established to raise the funds needed to build a new Museum and Visitor Center; ensure the preservation of an extensive collection of Civil War-era archival materials, objects and artifacts; conserve the massive Gettysburg Cyclorama painting and return portions of the battlefield to their 1863 appearance.
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, the Friends 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.
The two organizations merged – becoming the Gettysburg Foundation – in mid-2006. At Gettysburg, history was made in April 2008, when the Gettysburg Foundation and the National Park Service opened the new Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park. This public-private partnership has become a national model in the National Park Service system.
The Gettysburg Foundation Today
The work of preserving Gettysburg history continues today at the Gettysburg Foundation. Check out our current preservation projects at Gettysburg National Military Park.
Support the Gettysburg Foundation: Join the Friends of Gettysburg
Thanks to support from the Friends of Gettysburg, the Gettysburg Foundation and the National Park Service can work together in partnership to ensure the resources of Gettysburg National Military Park are preserved for future generations. Join the Friends of Gettysburg and help us preserve Gettysburg’s history.