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Gettysburg Foundation Takes Gettysburg Across America

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The Gettysburg Foundation has embarked on a public education effort to enhance civility and mutual respect in our democracy, drawing upoin inspiring stories of conflict and conciliation that bring more than one million visitors annually to Gettysburg.

Gettysburg is internationally recognized as the site of the signature battle of the Civil War, with more than 51,000 casualties; it is the site of the most famous speech by an American president, when in the Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln connected the sacrifice of the soldiers to the birth and continuation of a democratic form of government.

Ever since the battle ended 155 years ago, Gettysburg has been a remarkable place of healing and kindness, of remembrance and reconciliation. This began immediately after the battle as local residents cared for the injured soldiers of both armies. It has continued through veteran reunions, appearances by fourteen presidents, efforts by President Eisenhower on his adjacent farm to foster world peace, and annual ceremonies in Soldiers' National Cemetery. In a message to Congress around the time he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln observed we Americans could "nobly save or meanly lose" our democracy. In this divisive time in our nation's history, the Gettysburg Foundation is committed to advancing a non-partisan, historically informed message that serves our nation. 

Gettysburg Revisited is just getting started—we have already traveled to more than 10 states presenting almost 30 civility lectures and created Great Conversations at Gettysburg, a signature series of lectures and panels free and open to the public at the Museum and Visitor Center.