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  1. May 24, 2016
    Civil War Weaponry Exhibit and Victorian Dance Demonstration

    Gettysburg, PA - Visitors to Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center will have a rare opportunity to touch a piece of American history on Saturday, May 28. Presented by the Civil War Dance Foundation, original weapons used in the Civil War will be on display in the Group Lobby from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The exhibit will display the most common weapons used in the Battle of Gettysburg, including muskets, rifles, rifle-muskets, carbines, revolvers, swords and sabres. Unlike most museum exhibits, however, this display will allow close examination of the artifacts and even light handling by visitors. Knowledgeable living historians in period attire will explain the weapons and some of the new technology of the war, including breechloaders, the Maynard tape and pellet priming systems, and pinfire and rimfire cartridges.

    On Monday, May 30, the Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation, will offer dance demonstrations in the Group Lobby at the Visitor Center at 1:00 p.m. and again at 3:00 p.m. Visitors will see the Ensemble perform some of the most common dances of the era and have a chance to join in and learn a dance from the Civil War. Civilian artifacts (jewelry, photography, etc.) will also be on display.

    These special events are part of the educational outreach programming of the Civil War Dance Foundation. In addition to conducting Civil War balls, dance demonstrations and classes, the CWDF also presents military and civilian artifact displays and lectures on a variety of Civil War topics.

    For more information, please call 717-338-1243 or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org
     

  2. May 23, 2016
    Summer Programs Begin June 11 at Gettysburg National Military Park

    For Release: 5/23/16
    Contact: Katie Lawhon
    Office: 717/ 338-4402
    Katie_Lawhon@nps.gov

    Summer programs begin June 11 at Gettysburg National Military Park

    Gettysburg, Pa. – Gettysburg National Military Park’s free summer interpretive program series begins on June 11 and offers visitors a chance to learn about the people and places that made history during the Battle of Gettysburg. Hike the fields of Pickett’s Charge, explore the rocky summit of Little Round Top, reflect on the words of the Gettysburg Address, and much more on these Nation Park Ranger-guided experiences. Gettysburg is offering new and exciting summer programs that will appeal to first time and repeat visitors alike. Highlights include:

    Open House at Meade’s Headquarters and the Abraham Brian Farm: Step into history at the Lydia Leister and Abraham Brian Farms. Both buildings played an important role in the fighting that took place on Cemetery Ridge and witnessed key moments during the battle. Explore the interior of these two historic homes on Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Battlefield in a Box (30 minutes) - Become a part of the battlefield in this interactive overview program! Join a National Park Ranger and build a map of the battlefield using props. This is a perfect opportunity for the first time visitors wanting a better understanding of the battle. Meet at Ranger Site 1, behind the Museum and Visitor Center, daily at 4:00 p.m.

    Pickett’s Charge Hike (90 minutes) – Follow in the footsteps of the men who took part in the most famous infantry assault in American military history. Explore why the attack was made, why it failed, and what was the cost. Water, insect repellent, a hat, and proper footgear are highly recommended. Meet at the Virginia Memorial, Auto Tour Stop 5, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3:00 p.m.

    For visitors interested in living history, the Visit to the Past programs helps to connect people with the life and work of soldiers and citizens over 150 years ago:

    Cannoneers to your Post (30 minutes) – On July 3, 1863 over 200 Union and Confederate cannon opened fire in one of the largest artillery duels of the war. Join a National Park Service living historian and become a part of a gun crew as you discover the role artillery played during the Battle of Gettysburg. Meet at the Abraham Brian Farm, Hancock Avenue, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2:00 p.m.

    Courage on Trial (1 hour) – Only one Union officer was tried for cowardice during the Battle of Gettysburg. Become part of the Court Martial, hear the evidence, and decide for yourself whether this soldier is innocent or guilty in this recreation of an actual case. Meet at Ranger Program Site 2 behind the Museum and Visitor Center, Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

    At the George Spangler Farm, the National Park Service is offering a new, experiential program that places visitors in the roles of doctors and nurses who worked at the field hospital, struggling to save the lives of the over 1,900 wounded men who were treated there. Tickets are required to visit the farm, which is owned by the non-profit Gettysburg Foundation, and is accessible by shuttle bus only. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum and Visitor Center. Open Friday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    For a complete listing of all of the free summer ranger programs, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/gett, or pick up the Today in the Park planning guide available at the Park Service information desk inside the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg.

    Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that 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.
     

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  3. May 13, 2016
    First Friday Event - "Inspired by Gettysburg"

    Meet this month's Gettysburg National Military Park Arist-in-Residence on Friday, June 3 and experience the artwork they have created, inspired by the Gettysburg battlefield. At the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Light refreshments. For more information, call 717-338-4469, or go to nps.gov/gett. National Park Serivce Centennial Event - FindYourPark.com

  4. May 13, 2016
    2016 Sacred Trust Announcement

    NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Authors, Historians, NPS Rangers to appear at Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park’s Annual Sacred Trust Event

    One Hundred Fifty three Years of History: Talks and Book Signings
    July 1, 2, & 3, 2016

    Gettysburg, Pa. (May 13, 2016) — Renowned authors, historians, and National Park Service Rangers will share perspectives on the Turning Points of the events of the American Civil War on the 153nd Anniversary of the battle during the annual Sacred Trust Talks and Book Signings Event July 1, 2, and 3, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park, these talks are free and open to the public.

    The Sacred Trust event will open July 1 at 7:00 p.m. with a panel discussion on “A Conversation about Combat: From Gettysburg to Afghanistan” with National Park Service Supervisory of Interpretation and Education Ranger Christopher Gwinn as moderator, and featured panel participants Dr. Carol Reardon, Professor at Penn State University; Gettysburg National Military Park Ranger William Hewitt, (US Army Lt. Colonel Ret.); Dr. James Campbell (US Army Bridger General, Ret.); and Alexander Rose, author, producer, and historian.

    July 2 and 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. authors, historians and National Park Service rangers will present talks in the tent on the front lawn and sign books in the Visitor Center Lobby. Scheduled speakers include Dr. Michael C.C. Adams, Dr. Allen Guelzo, S.C. Gwynne, David Dixon, Wayne Motts, Jim Hessler, Patrick Breen, Dennis Frye, and Frank O’Reilly, to name just a few. Books will be available for purchase at the event. A complete schedule of talks and book signings can be viewed at www.gettysburgfoundation.org.

    The Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park presents the “Sacred Trust Talks and Book Signings” series each year to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and it complements other activities at the Museum and Visitor Center, including the National Park Service’s special battle anniversary programs.

    See the speaker schedule here.

    For more information, please call 717-338-1243 or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org.
     

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  5. May 4, 2016
    Civil War Museum of Philadelphia Announces Historic Agreement to Showcase World Class Collection at Gettysburg and NCC

    For Additional Information:
    Suzanne M. Tavani
    For the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia
    Suzanne.tavani@verizon.net
    215-901-8132

    Cindy Small
    Gettysburg Foundation
    csmall@gettysburgfoundation.com
    717-339-2109

    CIVIL WAR MUSEUM OF PHILADELPHIA ANNOUNCES HISTORIC AGREEMENT TO SHOWCASE WORLD CLASS COLLECTION

    Agreement with the Gettysburg Foundation and the National Constitution Center Will Provide Future Generations With Access To World Class Collection

    PHILADELPHIA – May 4, 2016 – The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia Board of Governors and the Gettysburg Foundation today announced an historic partnership to ensure that the largest collection of Civil War artifacts, not under government stewardship, will be cared for at the highest possible standards, will be maintained in perpetuity, and will be exhibited in venues where millions of visitors will have expanded access to it.

    The Gettysburg Foundation, the Gettysburg National Military Park, and the Civil War Museum have worked together to care for the artifacts since 2010. In seeking a strategy to protect the collection for the long-term, the Museum Board recognized that Gettysburg was the ideal partner for CWMP in its efforts to preserve this historic collection.

    “There is no more iconic and authentic place for learning about the Civil War,” said Oliver St. Clair Franklin, chair of the Museum Board. “Millions of people visit each year from across the country and across the world. The staff at Gettysburg knows better than anyone else how to care for and preserve these artifacts.&rdquo

    Since 2010, the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park have not only cared for the collection, but has also exhibited artifacts in the galleries of the Museum and Visitors Center and in special exhibits, such as the one commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, “Treasures of the Civil War”.

    “The Civil War Museum collection complements our own holdings in important ways,” said Robert A. Kinsley, chairman of the board, the Gettysburg Foundation. “These artifacts are intimately connected to specific individuals and their roles in the war. These objects, used by those whose service shaped this conflict, will enhance our ability to connect visitors to the story of the Civil War on a personal and emotional, as well as an intellectual level. All the artifacts in the collection are significant to the history of our nation. In particular, the General George Meade Collection evokes stories and imagery of his leadership at Gettysburg during the battle that changed the course of history. When you see the American flag that was flown over Meade’s headquarters at Gettysburg, or see the bullet hole in his campaign hat, you can feel the passion, the courage and the conviction of the men who bravely fought to preserve our nation.”

    Ed Clark, Superintendent of the Gettysburg National Military Park, added, “These amazing objects will enable us to better tell the story of the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War. They will inspire our visitors now and for generations to come.”

    The Board of the Civil War Museum approached Gettysburg after it evaluated its prospects for building a new museum for the collection in Philadelphia and it became clear that it would be both a challenge to build it and an even bigger challenge to sustain it over time. “As stewards of this world class collection, the Board of the Civil War Museum felt a strong ethical and historical responsibility to developing a partnerships that would both protect this collection and ensure that it is accessible to the public and researchers in both Gettysburg and Philadelphia into the future, said Franklin”

    The National Constitution Center will play an important role in this partnership, as well. While the Civil War Museum will transfer ownership of the artifact collection to the Gettysburg Foundation, Gettysburg has agreed to loan the National Constitution Center artifacts from the collection. If funding is secured, the Center will create the first permanent exhibit in America dedicated to the constitutional legacy of the Civil War and the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. This will keep a significant part of the collection in Philadelphia, expand the number of people who can will see it, and enhance the National Constitution Center’s role as America’s only museum of the U.S. Constitution.

    “We are thrilled about the possibility that the National Constitution Center will create America’s first and only exhibit about the constitutional legacy of the Civil War,” said Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO of the National Constitution Center. “The creation of a Civil War exhibit would help us tell the story of how Thomas Jefferson’s promise in the Declaration of Independence, that all men are created equal, wasn’t vindicated until Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the passage of the Reconstruction Amendments.”

    The agreement does not include the archives and books of the Civil War Museum. This important two-dimensional material, which will remain the property of the Museum is subject to a separate long-term stewardship agreement, is housed at the Heritage Center of the Union League of Philadelphia where researchers and others can access it.

    About the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia

    The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, the oldest Civil War museum in the country, was chartered in 1888 by the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States as the War Library and Museum. The museum’s artifact collection is one of the most historically significant and largest in the country outside of government hands with more than 3,000 items.

    About the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park

    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.

    Gettysburg National Military Park preserves, protects, and interprets for this and future generations the resources associated with the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War, the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and their commemorations. The Eisenhower National Historic Site preserves and interprets the home and farms of the Eisenhower family as a fitting and enduring memorial to the life, work, and times of General Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States, and to the events of far-reaching importance that occurred on the property. www.nps.gov/eise

    About the National Constitution Center

    The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia inspires active citizenship as the only place where people across America and around the world can come together to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. A private, nonprofit organization, the Center serves as America’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling its Congressional charter “to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a non-partisan basis.”

    As the Museum of We the People, the Center brings the Constitution to life for visitors of all ages through interactive programs and exhibits. As America’s Town Hall, the Center brings the leading conservative and liberal thought leaders together to debate the Constitution on all media platforms. As a center for Civic Education, the Center delivers the best educational programs and online resources that inspire, excite, and engage citizens about the U.S. Constitution. For more information, call 215-409-6700 or visit www.constitutioncenter.org

    History of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia

    The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, the oldest Civil War museum in the country, was chartered in 1888, but its collection was begun in 1865 by the members of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (M.O.L.L.U.S./Loyal Legion). When the body of President Lincoln lay in state in Independence Hall in April 1865, it was a group of Philadelphia’s veteran Federal Army and Navy officers who served as the honor guard. Afterward, these men decided to establish an organization, M.O.L.L.U.S., to commemorate the sacrifices and the meaning the war.

    The collection was begun soon after the end of the War when MOLLUS members began to donate important personal belongings and other items to preserve them and to create a place where the story of the war could be told. In the 1880’s, the era of commemorations began in earnest with the building of memorials and the work to preserve battlefield’s like Gettysburg. M.O.L.L.U.S. provided leadership for these efforts, as well, with Col. John Nicholson, a M.O.L.L.U.S. founder, the chair of the Gettysburg commission. In 1888, in recognition of the scale and significance of the collection, M.O.L.L.U.S. chartered the museum and library as a separate organization, the War Library and Museum.

    The Museum had a series of temporary homes and, from 1922 until its closing in 2008, was housed in a townhouse at 18th and Pine Streets. It closed in anticipation of moving to a new museum facility. With the assistance of the experts at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia, a plan was created for the preparation, preservation and move of the collection to Gettysburg. The William Penn Foundation and the Exelon Foundation provided major funding to support the implementation of the plan. The Museum also received a prestigious “Save America’s Treasures” grant, a collaborative program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, designed to support conservation of the most important collections in the country. This allowed conservation work to be done to major components of the collection.

    The artifact collection of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia’s (CWMP) is one of the most historically significant and largest in the country outside of government hands with more than 3000 items. The museum was chartered as the War Library and Museum in 1888 by its founders, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (M.O.L.L.U.S. or the Loyal Legion)

    Harold Holzer, a noted Civil War historian and Co-Chair of the United States Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, pointed out the collection’s singular importance:

     “The Civil War Museum's collection is unique in that it is the product of the personal records, possessions and memories of the Union officers who founded the institution in the 19th century.  It is rare to have such important documents, artifacts, and cultural materials from so many individuals together in a single collection that tells the complex story of an era, especially one as important to our history as the Civil War.  This is truly an American treasure that needs and deserves the investment of funds and expertise to preserve it.”

    Notable items in the collection

    Civil War leaders such as Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock, Gen. William Sherman, and Gen. George Gordon Meade are represented in the collection.

    • Tiffany sword presented to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant by his officers to commemorate the victory at Vicksburg and the gold and ivory pen used by Abraham Lincoln to sign the Lieutenant General's commission of Ulysses S. Grant.
    • Fragments of the flag raised by Abraham Lincoln at Independence Hall, Feb. 22, 1861.
    • Smoking jacket captured from Confederate President Jefferson Davis’s luggage as he fled Richmond
    • Pike from the supply that John Brown brought to Harpers Ferry
    • Sash and sword belt of Gen. John Reynolds killed on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg after stopping the Confederate advance
    • Uniform frock coat and officer's slouch hat with bullet hole worn by Major General George G. Meade at the Battle of Gettysburg.
    • Brass and wood baton presented to Gen. William T. Sherman by President Andrew Johnson and carried during the Grand Review in Washington, D.C., in 1865.
    • Original wanted poster for Booth and his accomplices. Images of Surrat, Booth, and Harold at top.

    Other Items

    • Firearms, edged weapons, and ammunition
    • Uniforms, field equipment and utensils
    • Recruiting posters and broadsides
    • Badges and insignia
    • Escutcheons (military coats of arms)
    • Surgical tools and medicines
    • Band instruments
    • “Souvenirs” from battlefields, hospitals and prisoner of war camps which provide a powerful connection to the fighting men who owned them and to their service.

    Flags

    Frederick P. Todd, in his foundational work entitled American Military Equipage, rated the Museum’s collection of flags as one of the top three repositories of flags of importance in the United States, second only to the collections at the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Chicago Historical Society.

    • Gen. George Custer’s personal battle flag, from the battle at Gettysburg
    • Fragments of the U.S. flag raised at Independence Hall by the newly elected  President Abraham Lincoln, whose speech on that day declared that he’d rather be assassinated than surrender the Union to the forces trying to pull it apart
    • A remnant of the Confederate flag captured at Darien, Georgia in one of the war's first engagements by an armed Federal African-American unit
    • The flags of the famed Confederate gunboat and blockade runner, the CSS Florida, captured by the future Adm. George Melville in Bahia Brazil
    • Various battle and regimental flags

    Paintings

    • David Bustill Bowser’s moving portrait of Lincoln, part of a series of four portraits of the President painted by this distinguished African American artist trained in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
    • Thomas Hicks full-length portrait of Gen. George Gordon Meade, with its background the battlefield at Gettysburg and Meade wearing the frock coat that is in the collection
    • William Spang’s evocative painting, “The Armed Slave”, whose iconography demonstrates the message of change for enslaved Africans through the musket propped behind the subject’s chair and the book he holds providing evidence that he has the right and the leisure time to develop literacy.

    Items from the Confederacy

    The Confederacy is represented in the collection by “spoils of war”:

    • Scarf of Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby of the famous 'Mosby's Rangers.' He harassed both Grant's and Sherman's forces, as well as the Union Army at Gettysburg. Late in 1864, in desperate flight from the 2nd Massachusetts cavalry, in northern Virginia, the scarf blew off and landed on a roadside bush. Captain John M. Locke, in hot pursuit and at full speed, drew his saber and 'hooked it' with the blade as he passed by."
    • A remnant of the Confederate flag captured at Darien, Georgia
    • Flags of the captured CSS Florida
    • Smoking jacket captured in the luggage of Confederate president, Jefferson Davis, during his attempt to escape Union troops as they entered Richmond and described in mocking editorial cartoons of the day as his wife’s bathrobe, allegedly worn in an effort to evade capture.

    Two-Dimensional Collection

    The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia will retain a significant two-dimensional collection that it has placed at the Heritage Center at the Union League under a long-term stewardship agreement.

    The collection includes rare books and nearly 100 linear feet of photographs, maps, letters, diaries, muster rolls, scrapbooks, and other archival materials. These include:

    • The Muster Roll of Company G, 2nd  Regiment of Berdan's United States Sharp Shooters, a regiment renowned among military historians for the skill of its marksmen
    • A hand-drawn map of the Battle of Oysters Point, which is the only known representation of the disposition of troops at one of the pivotal engagements of the Gettysburg campaign
    • Illustrated letters by Union soldier Carlton Birch, with his hand-drawn images of his war experiences
    • Four hand-written orders to and from Gen. Joseph Hooker during the Battle of Chancellorsville
    • Scrapbooks of Captain Francis A. Donaldson, a Philadelphia native who became a Captain in the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry.  A prolific writer with a keen eye and acid pen, Donaldson wrote some of the most honest and perceptive letters about the war experience.  Writing to his family in Philadelphia, and to his brother who fought for the Confederacy, Donaldson is a rare open window to the personalities and politics of a regiment in the field.  These letters, as well as newspaper clippings, photographs, and post-war ephemera were preserved by Donaldson in his scrapbooks. 
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  6. April 13, 2016
    New “Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients” Exhibit Now Open

    NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT:
    Cindy Small, Marketing and Communications Director
    717-339-2109; csmall@gettysburgfoundation.org


    New “Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients” Exhibit Opens April 15
    at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center


    Gettysburg, PA (April 14, 2016) – The Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park are excited to announce a new museum gallery exhibit that opens to the public on April 15 entitled, “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty: Civil War Medals of Honor in the Gettysburg Collection.” The new exhibit runs through October 1, 2016 and is the newest display of artifacts within the Exhibit Spotlight area of the Museum and Visitor Center.

    The exhibit will feature Medals of Honor and artifacts associated with Alonzo Cushing, Edward Gilligan, Daniel Riegle, James Purman and Wallace Johnson. Lt. Alonzo Cushing, was the Union Army artillery officer who valiantly died defending his position July 3, 1863, at Cemetery Ridge during Pickett’s Charge. Artifacts on display include Cushing’s Medal of Honor recently presented by President Obama, the Medal of Honor flag, the sword belt he was wearing at the time of his death and two original Cushing letters. The exhibit displays the Medals of Honor and artifacts from Edward Gilligan, Wallace Johnson, James Purman and Daniel Riegle and describes the acts of valor for which they received the medals.

    The Exhibit Spotlight gallery features a new theme and rotation of artifacts that connect soldiers, civilians and generals from the Battle of Gettysburg with artifacts and the Gettysburg battlefield. Visitors 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 exhibit is free and open to the public. It is located outside the Museum Book Store, facing the Theater Lobby area.

    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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  7. March 31, 2016
    Gettysburg Foundation Announces Summer Visitor Hours

    Beginning April 1, 2016, the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center’s operating hours will be from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. daily.
    Gettysburg National Military Park will also change to its summer visiting hours. The grounds of the battlefield will be open to the public from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily. These summer visiting hours will continue through October 31.

    For more information about visiting Gettysburg National Military Park, please go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org or www.nps.gov/gett or call 717-338-1243 or 717-334-1124.
     

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  8. January 29, 2016
    Gettysburg Foundation Accepts Monumental Artifact Donation From Civil War Collector Craig Bashein Read More

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  9. December 2, 2015
    Gettysburg Foundation Surpasses #GivingTuesday Goal

    We are grateful and humbled by the response we received for our ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬ movement which featured our Share the Story, Save the Story campaign. Thanks to generous Friends of Gettysburg members, Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center visitors, supporters and staff we raised $5,271, which surpassed our original #GivingTuesday goal of $5,000! In addition, we generated a new awareness and appreciation for this inspiring place. THANK YOU for supporting our mission and for all you do to support Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site!

  10. December 2, 2015
    Gettysburg Foundation Donates Plum Run Property to National Park Service

    Joanne M. Hanley, President of the Gettysburg Foundation, presents Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Ed W. Clark with the deed to 45 acres of property just south of Big Round Top. The property was generously donated to the Gettysburg Foundation by Wayne and Susan Hill in 2008 and was added to the Gettysburg National Military Park boundary in December of 2014.

    Joanne M. Hanley, Gettysburg Foundation President, states, “Literally an act of Congress was required to include this property in the Gettysburg National Military Park boundary. This property was long fought for in 1863 and hard won again in 2015 when the legislation was passed to include the property in the boundary. We commemorate and celebrate this deed with thanks to the efforts of Congressman Scott Perry and Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, Wayne and Sue Hill, our tireless National Park Service Partner and our Foundation Board of Directors. We present it to our NPS Partner so that they can forever steward it and keep it safe.”

    Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Ed Clark said, “This land’s historic significance is that cavalry skirmishes occurred near this site. Also, it is home to critical wetlands and wildlife habitat related to Plum Run. The acquisition of this property leaves a legacy for future generations by ensuring the resources of the park are protected and preserved. ”

    The Gettysburg 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. Information is available at www.gettysburgfoundation.org.

    Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that 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. Information is available at www.nps.gov/gett.

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  11. May 28, 2015
    Gettysburg Ranked as Top Historic Family Destination

    TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel website, named Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the top "Historical Family Vacation Spots You Can Afford," in a recent ranking of U.S. destinations as part of TripAdvisor's Vacation Rentals blog.

    TripAdvisor identified nine of America's most historically prominent vacation spots and pulled their vacation rental review scores, plus, for some destinations, the average prices and how that compares to hotels, according to the website.
    "Embrace the charm and historical impact of this Pennsylvania town," the blog wrote. "Beyond the battlefield lies Adams County, a countryside filled with wineries, farms, outdoor recreational activities and beautiful terrain."

    Gettysburg topped other U.S. destinations, such as Charlestown, S.C.; Philadelphia, San Antonio, Texas; Washington, DC; Boston; Williamsburg, Va.; Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Richmond, Va.

    "Historical family vacations are a great way to blend education and pastime with the thrill of experiencing a new place," the blog continued. "With more alternative accommodations available today than ever before, you don't need to break the bank on a 5-star hotel in America's most charming colonial cities.

    Gettysburg was also recently ranked the second most popular destination in the Northeast United States by Family Fun Magazine, and a top destination for group travel by Byways Magazine earlier this year.

  12. April 30, 2015
    Gettysburg Receives NPS Centennial Funding for Cemetery Ridge

    GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK
    GETTYSBURG FOUNDATION

    CONTACT:
    Katie Lawhon, Management Assistant
    Gettysburg National Military Park/ Eisenhower National Historic Site
    717-338-4402; Katie_Lawhon@nps.gov


    Cindy Small, Marketing, Communications & Visitor Services Director
    Gettysburg Foundation
    717-339-2109; csmall@gettysburgfoundation.org


    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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