April 30, 2015
Gettysburg Receives NPS Centennial Funding for Cemetery Ridge
GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK
Katie Lawhon, Management Assistant
Gettysburg National Military Park/ Eisenhower National Historic Site
Cindy Small, Marketing, Communications & Visitor Services Director
Gettysburg Receives NPS Centennial Funding for Cemetery Ridge
Gettysburg, PA (April 23, 2015) – National Park Service funding for Centennial projects will provide matching funds for a $1.3 million dollar project to rehabilitate Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg National Military Park. The project will bring back missing features on the historic landscape at the center of the Union Army’s battle line and reduce the size of a parking area at Ziegler’s Grove. The nonprofit Gettysburg Foundation will provide a grant of $700,000 to match National Park Service funding of $600,000 for this stewardship project
Historic features on Cemetery Ridge will be returned including: Ziegler’s ravine; commemorative walkways; and a portion of historic Hancock Avenue, as well as its ornamental entrance gates at Taneytown Road. The project will also return monuments to their original location before Cyclorama building development, and retain a portion of the parking lot for visitors to the nearby Soldiers' National Cemetery.
“For the first time in more than fifty years, this portion of Cemetery Ridge will have its historic appearance, offering fresh experiences for a new generation of Gettysburg visitors,” said Ed Clark, Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent. “We're excited that this important project has been embraced as a National Park Service Centennial initiative – raising it to a higher level of awareness and visibility.”
For six years, the Gettysburg Foundation has funded and implemented important earlier phases of the rehabilitation of Cemetery Ridge including demolition of the Visitor Center in 2009; demolition of the Cyclorama building in 2013; and removal and rehabilitation of the former Visitor Center parking lot site in 2014.
Gettysburg Foundation President Joanne M. Hanley said, “The Gettysburg Foundation has contributed to the rehabilitation of Cemetery Ridge since the inception of the idea to bring back missing features of the battlefield landscapes. It is our intent to concentrate on the work that needs to be done to see this through to the end. We are pleased, grateful and excited for this important project to be a National Park Service Centennial initiative.”
NPS CENTENNIAL - To prepare for its Centennial in 2016, the National Park Service is funding legacy projects that will preserve resources for the future. Last month, the National Park Service launched “Find Your Park,” a national public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service. Learn more at findyourpark.com
Gettysburg National Military Park preserves and protects the resources associated with the Battle of Gettysburg and the Soldiers' National Cemetery and provides an understanding of the events that occurred there within the context of American history. More information is available at www.nps.gov/gett.
Eisenhower National Historic Site preserves and protects the resources associated with the presidential home and farm in order to promote understanding and appreciation of the life, work and times of Dwight David Eisenhower. For more information go to www.nps.gov/eise.
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. The Foundation raised funds for and now operates the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park, which opened in April 2008. In addition to operating the Museum and Visitor Center, the Foundation has a broad preservation mission that includes land, monument and artifact preservation and battlefield rehabilitation—all in support of the National Park Service’s goals at Gettysburg.
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April 1, 2015
New Exhibit Spotlight Debuts Never Before Seen Artifacts
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Cindy Small, Marketing and Communications Director
New Exhibit Spotlight at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center Debuts Never Before Seen Artifacts
Gettysburg, PA – The Gettysburg Foundation is excited to announce a new museum gallery, entitled, Exhibit Spotlight. This temporary exhibit space will connect soldiers, civilians and generals from the Battle of Gettysburg with artifacts and the Gettysburg battlefield. Visitors will have the opportunity to follow the journey of the person featured in the exhibit through their Gettysburg experience—watching the story enfold as they explore the connections found in both the Museum galleries and on the battlefield.
The first exhibit feature, which runs from March 27 - September 2015, is entitled, A Faithful and Efficient General: The Military Service of General Albion Howe.
The exhibit, which is made possible through the generosity of private collectors, will feature several never before seen artifacts from General Howe’s career including his presentation sword, two of his ivory silk handkerchiefs, a framed photograph of the military tribunal who tried the Lincoln Conspirators, a letter to General Howe from the Assistant Adjutant General’s Office, and several other unique items.
Gettysburg Foundation President Joanne M. Hanley stated, “We are grateful to the owners of the private collections who made possible the A Faithful and Efficient General: The military service of General Albion Howe exhibit. It is the first time that these historic items are available to the public and the only instance where the items are unified from private collections. It is an honor to feature them in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, especially during the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s Assassination.”
General Albion Howe and his VI Corps division served a supporting role in the Battle of Gettysburg. He is also known for his role as a member of the military commission that tried the Lincoln conspirators and for serving in the honor guard that watched over President Lincoln’s body after he was assassinated.
"It's inspiring for Gettysburg's visitors to see new and creative exhibits like this one on the faithfulness and military efficiency of General Albion Howe," said Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Ed W. Clark. “These stories from America’s past can help guide each of us in today’s world.”
The exhibit is free and open to the public. It is located in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center’s Exhibit Spotlight gallery, located outside the Museum book store, facing the theater lobby area. The Gettysburg Foundation plans to announce the fall Exhibit Spotlight theme in the coming weeks.
The Gettysburg Foundation is a private, 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. The Foundation raised funds for and now operates the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park, which opened in April 2008. In addition to operating the Museum and Visitor Center, the Foundation has a broad preservation mission that includes land, monument and artifact preservation and battlefield rehabilitation—all in support of the National Park Service’s goals at Gettysburg.
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November 18, 2014
"An Evening with the Painting" 2015 Schedule
“An Evening with the Painting” Special After-hours Exclusive Program
Join the Gettysburg Foundation’s Sue Boardman, Licensed Battlefield Guide and author/historian, on the platform for an exclusive "after-hours" program of the Gettysburg Cyclorama painting at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA. Visitors will explore the history of the genre of cycloramas and in particular the history of the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama. Presentation will include a discussion of the massive multi-year conservation effort of our country's largest painting. The painting concludes with extended time on the platform to view the painting in full light and a journey under the diorama to see how the illusion comes to life. There will be time for a question and answer session.
This special program lasts about two hours and is limited to 50 attendees. Single adult ticket price is $20 and youth ticket (ages 6 to 12) is $10. This program begins in the Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center. Flash photography welcomed.
Dates for this program are: February 28, at 5:00 pm; March 21 at 5:00 pm; April 25 at 6:00 pm; May 22 at 6:00 pm; June 6 at 6:00 pm; July 3 at 6:00 pm; July 25 at 6:00 pm; August 15 at 6:00 pm; September 19 at 6:00 pm; October 10 at 6:00 pm; November 20 at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm; December 12 at 5:00 pm.
To order tickets, please visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org/18 or call the Reservations Department at 877-874-2478. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at the ticket counter in the lobby of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA.