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  1. June 23, 2017
    Gettysburg Foundation President, GNMP Chief of Interpretation on the Relevancy of the Gettysburg Address

    CONTACT: Cindy Small, Chief Marketing Officer, Gettysburg Foundation
    717-339-2109; csmall@gettysburgfoundation.org

    Gettysburg Foundation President Dr. Matthew Moen and Gettysburg National Military Park Chief of Interpretation, Christopher Gwinn Speak About the Relevancy of the Gettysburg Address at Carnegie Event

    Gettysburg, PA (June 23, 2017) — The Gettysburg Address may be over 150 years old but its powerful prose continues to hold relevancy with citizens across the globe. Over 100 people came to hear Gettysburg Foundation President Dr. Matthew Moen, and Gettysburg National Military Park Chief of Interpretation and Education, Christopher Gwinn discuss this famous speech at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, PA. The event was generously sponsored by Huntington Private Bank and The Pittsburgh Foundation.

    The evening provided a great opportunity for Moen to meet history enthusiasts and community leaders in the Pittsburgh area. “The Gettysburg Foundation was delighted to partner with our colleagues in the National Park Service, the Pittsburgh Foundation, and the Huntington Private Bank to bring conversation about the intellectual contributions of President Abraham Lincoln to the citizens of Pittsburgh,” said Moen. “Lincoln’s gentle, healing words are especially worth recalling at this time of conflict in our politics."

    Following the speakers, guests were invited to the Lincoln Gallery to view a rare collection of Lincoln photographs. These photos ranged from the former president’s years in Congress in the 1840s until the only known photograph of Lincoln “lying in state” in 1865. Guests were also given tours of the Espy Post room, which is full of Civil War relics left by members of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) who met in this room for many years before it closed down in 1937 (and was later reopened and restored.)

    "The Gettysburg Address is a timeless enunciation of what we believe as Americans,” said Gwinn. “For over 154 years it has served to define and guide as a nation, grounding us in our founding ideals while still recognizing the need for further work, effort, and progress. It was an honor to be able to speak at the Carnegie Library and to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Thomas Espy GAR Post, which is an absolutely fascinating time-capsule, allowing us a glimpse at how the Civil War generation wanted and hoped to be remembered."

    Huntington Bank also invited visitors to view a collection of historic checks from their collection. A highlight was one written by Abraham Lincoln made out to “Self” for $8,000.

    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. 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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  2. June 8, 2017
    Photographer William Bretzger will be the June/July Gettysburg Artist-in-Residence

    For Release: June 8, 2017

    Contact: Katie Lawhon

    Phone: 717-338-4402

    Email: Katie_Lawhon@nps.gov

     

    Photographer William Bretzger will be the June/July Gettysburg Artist-in-Residence

     

     

    GETTYSBURG, PA — Photographer William Bretzger will begin a month-long residency at Gettysburg National Military Park on June 15. He has been selected as a Gettysburg Artist-in-Residence representing the “Arts Revolver” theme, which welcomes artists whose work combines the techniques and disciplines of several arts.

     

    Bretzger has worked as a staff photographer at the News Journal and at Delaware Online for the past 19 years, and has been visiting Gettysburg to photograph the park and its environs for even longer. He began photographing Gettysburg on 35mm color transparencies, many of which he printed for exhibition in a traditional darkroom. He has since expanded his repertoire, shooting with black and white film for medium- and large-format development, as well as taking color images, often in digital form. Most recently, Bretzger put together a series based on images of Civil War era portraits of the battle’s participants projected onto the places on the battlefield where the soldier fell or won renown.

     

    Bretzger will reflect on his work and residency during Gettysburg’s First Friday events at the David Wills House on July 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Gettysburg. The event is free and open to the public. At the First Friday artist showcase, Bretzger will talk about changes in photography and photographic technique and the artistic demands of avoiding clichéd moments. He’ll also discuss the challenge of trying to find the story and soul of a shot when taking photographs at so well known a park as Gettysburg. During this event, the David Wills House, a National Park Service museum about the aftermath of battle and President Lincoln’s visit to give the Gettysburg Address, will offer free admission.

     

    “Gettysburg, more than 150 years after the terrible battle there, continues to bear witness to the scourge of war,” Bretzger has written. “It is easy for a visitor to forget as they walk or drive along its tranquil scenes that it was more than a ‘great battlefield’ but a place of great suffering and great deeds of significant historical impact. I intend my photographs to contribute to a deeper understanding of the events that occurred on the battlefield.”

     

    “Gettysburg National Military Park has offered inspiration to artists for more than 150 years,” said Christopher Gwinn, Gettysburg National Military Park’s chief of interpretation. “The Artist-in-Residence program continues the tradition begun by artists like Matthew Brady, Alfred Waud, and Gutzon Borglum, while simultaneously engaging our visitors and telling this story in new and compelling ways."

     

    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. Learn more at www.nps.gov/gett.

     

    The National Parks Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the promotion of the National Parks of the U.S. by creating dynamic opportunities for artworks that are based in our natural and historic heritage. This project is supported by the Gettysburg Foundation and other generous benefactors. NPAF National Park projects are supported entirely by donation and generous partnerships. All NPAF programs are made possible through the philanthropic support of donors ranging from corporate sponsors and small businesses, to art patrons and citizens- lovers of the parks. For more information go to www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org.

     

    For more information about Bretzger’s First Friday presentation call 717-334-1124.

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  3. June 5, 2017
    The George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Summer Season Opens June 9, 2017

    The George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Programs Summer Season Opens June 9, 2017

    Gettysburg, Pa. (June 1, 2017) – The Gettysburg Foundation will open the historic George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital site to visitors on weekends, June 9 through August 13. Visitors will be transported back to July and August of 1863 as they walk in the footsteps of those who experienced the carnage left from the aftermath of the battle of Gettysburg. The George Spangler Farm is one of the best examples of a Civil War field hospital site on the battlefield today, where upwards of 1,900 men, including Confederate Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead, were treated for wounds both minor and fatal.

    The Gettysburg Foundation offers experiential programs that build on the stories of the Spangler family and medical care of the wounded. Access to the farm is via shuttle bus from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Regular programming takes place each morning and afternoon:

    • The Spangler Farm in 1863: Walk near the original farmhouse, summer kitchen and barn, and learn what civilian farm life was like for farmers like George Spangler and his family in the 1860s. Hear the story of a family and farm in crisis, and how the events of July and August 1863 served as a powerful point of passage for the Spanglers and many others whose lives were forever changed. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    • An Army Field Hospital: Stand inside the barn in one of the best surviving examples of a farm used as a triage and treatment site during and after the battle of Gettysburg. Through the use of letters, diaries, and personal accounts, “meet” some of the 1863 soldiers treated here and “hear from” the surgeons and nurse caregivers who worked tirelessly among primitive conditions. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

    In addition, Living Historians from all over the United States present interactive programming the whole family can enjoy. The 2017 schedule is available on www.gettysburgfoundation.org. Among the highlights are:

    June 9-11: The 2nd Corps Field Hospital Confederate States of America (CSA) will present an encampment depicting a Confederate field hospital.

    June 16-18: Rex Hovey will represent stories of his great, great uncle, Dr. Bleecker Hovey, a surgeon from New York working at the Spangler Farm in July 1863. A special feature of this presentation is Dr. Hovey’s actual surgeon’s kit, still intact after 154 years.

    July 28-30: The 9th PA Reserves Medical Unit will visit the Spangler Farm from the Pittsburgh area along with Living Historians presenting stories of the U.S. Sanitary Commission.

    August 4-6: Get a glimpse of nursing in the Civil War, with a Living Historian presenting stories of the day in the life of a battlefield nurse. She will demonstrate a nurse’s role and duties at a field hospital.

    New for 2017: Special Programming throughout the summer season: Each program begins at 12:30 p.m.  and features physicians, Licensed Battlefield Guides and other experts.

    • June 24: Stories from Technical Advisor of PBS’ “Mercy Street”
    • July 3: “The Sick and Injured Troops: Medical Care, Then and Now”
    • July 8: “It Was Beyond Human Endurance: Hospitals in Gettysburg During and after the Battle”
    • August 12: “The Care of the Southern Wounded”

    New and seasoned visitors of all ages will learn about 1860s farm life, artillery, Civil War medicine and field hospital systems by connecting with Living Historians who share the stories of the soldiers, military leaders, surgeons, chaplains and civilians who suffered the realities of war at the George Spangler Farm.

    Though the Spangler Farm has undergone many changes over the last 152 years, its authenticity remains intact and its future is secure because of the generous donations of those who helped the Gettysburg Foundation purchase the 80-acre property residing within the boundaries of Gettysburg National Military Park. Preservation, rehabilitation and restoration work on this national treasure continues, offering a new vantage point with which to help visitors understand the significance of the battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War on the development of our nation.

    The George Spangler Farm is accessible Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, June 9 - August 13, via shuttle bus only from Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Shuttle tickets are available at the ticket counter in the lobby of the Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA. Adult ticket price is $5.50 and youth tickets (ages 6 to 12) are $2.25. Children under age 6 are free.

    About Gettysburg Foundation
    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 operates the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park. 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. www.gettysburgfoundation.org.
     

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  4. May 30, 2017
    “An Evening with the Painting” Special After-hours Exclusive Program June 30

    Gettysburg, PA (March 29, 2017) — Join the Gettysburg Foundation’s Sue Boardman, Licensed Battlefield Guide and author/historian, on the platform June 30 at 6:00 p.m. 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 40 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.

    Future dates for this program are: July 29 at 6:00 p.m.; August 19 at 6:00 p.m.; September 23 at 6:00 p.m.; October 7 at 6:00 p.m.; November 17 at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; December 9 at 5:00 p.m.

    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.

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  5. May 30, 2017
    Ford Family Day at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center Saturday, August 5, 2017

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    CONTACT: Cindy Small, Chief Marketing Officer, Gettysburg Foundation
    717-339-2109; csmall@gettysburgfoundation.org

    Ford Family Day at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center Saturday, August 5, 2017

    Gettysburg, PA (June 7, 2017) –The Gettysburg Foundation is pleased to announce that the Ford Motor Company Fund is sponsoring a day of free educational programs at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center Saturday, August 5. The event is a collaboration of Ford, Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park. The public is welcome to come and enjoy an activity-filled day for adults and children alike, with free admission to the Cyclorama, Film and Museum, along with other special events held only on this day.

    FREE programs include:

    Cyclorama, Film and Museum
    8:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
    Timed Tickets are required and available at the Ticketing Counter at the Visitor Center
    Start with our feature film “A New Birth of Freedom” narrated by Morgan Freeman, then spend time with the world-famous “Battle of Gettysburg” Cyclorama painting in the round, followed by a browse through the 12-gallery museum.

    Explore and More with a Licensed Battlefield Guide
    1:00 a.m. -1:45 p.m.
    45-minute interactive Monumental Treasure Hunt with a Licensed Battlefield Guide.
    Located in Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center at the Visitor Center

    National Park Service Family Activities
    10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    A Family Activities Area full of special programs and hands-on history activities just for kids will be presented with a variety of history stations. Stations will include a Junior Ranger Station, Summer Reading Adventures at 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon, Selfies in Civil War clothing from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Hands on History Cart from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Join the Army interactive sessions at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

    Live Music
    Enjoy Civil War period music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. outdoors. Come sing, dance and tap your toes to the lively music. A variety of musical acts will perform throughout the day highlighting musical traditions from historic to Americana selections.

    Ice Cream Break
    11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (while supplies last). Enjoy a free scoop of locally made Mr. G’s ice cream.

    Picnic Lunch
    A specially priced picnic lunch will be available for purchase between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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

    Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325, and is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Ford Motor Company Fund

    The Ford Motor Company Fund serves to strengthen communities across the country and around the world and understands the value of preserving our heritage. The Ford Motor Company Fund Educational Center at Gettysburg provides classroom space and learning resources to share the historical impact of Gettysburg with generations to come.

    Gettysburg Foundation

    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

    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. Learn more at www.nps.gov/gett.
     

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  6. May 19, 2017
    Just Plain Train Talks - Dr. Bill Aldrich June 24 Read More

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  7. May 8, 2017
    Gettysburg Foundation Recruits’ Centennial Cider Raises More Than Glasses

    Gettysburg, PA (May 8, 2017) — Gettysburg Foundation’s Recruits (Friends members aged 18-38) reaped the benefits from their special reserve batch of Centennial Cider, raising $640 for preservation of the orchards on the Gettysburg battlefield. This is the second philanthropic donation from this burgeoning group, who donated over $800 towards orchard preservation in December.

    Thanks to a strong partnership with Good Intent Cider and its owner and cider master, Adam Redding, the Recruits have been crafting and selling cider for the past two years. Apples for the cider are harvested by Recruits from the Rose Farm orchard on the Gettysburg Battlefield and then go with Adam to work his cider magic.

    Recently, the Recruits re-planted the historic fruit orchard at the George Spangler Farm thanks to the funds raised on #GivingTuesday. The Recruits, along with Adam, will be the primary caretakers of this orchard, which is now part of their Seedling to Cider project. "The collaboration with Gettysburg Foundation has been a success for Good Intent Cider, both in our ability to contribute to the Foundation's work and to produce a one-of-a-kind cider,” says Adam. “We look forward to growing our contribution as the trees themselves grow."

    The newest batch of Rose Farm Orchard cider is now available for purchase by contacting Ben Hansford at bhansford@gettysburgfoundation.org. It is also available at Good Intent’s Cidery in Bellefonte, PA.

    “We anticipate this tasty batch of hand-crafted cider will be as successful as the previous two,” states Beth Kirby, Chief of Membership & Leadership at Gettysburg Foundation. “The Seedling to Cider project is such a unique way to preserve the battlefield and engage our younger generation in the process.”

    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. 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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  8. May 3, 2017
    Gettysburg Foundation Announces New Board Member

    Gettysburg Foundation Announces New Board Member

    Gettysburg, PA (May 1, 2017) — Gettysburg Foundation proudly announces the appointment of new board member, attorney Stuart Haney. “We are pleased to welcome Stuart to our Gettysburg Foundation team,” states Robert A. Kinsley, Chairman of Gettysburg Foundation’s Board of Directors. “His professional background and knowledge about and appreciation for our nation’s Civil War history is a great addition as we continue moving our mission forward to keep Gettysburg preserved, protected and relevant for present and future generations.”

    Mr. Haney previously served as in house counsel to Jack Kent Cooke and his companies including, The Washington Redskins, The Chrysler Building in New York, The Los Angeles Daily News and Elmendorf Farm. Mr. Haney also served as co-executor of Jack Kent Cooke’s estate. In addition, Mr. Haney was formerly President and COO of Salamander Farms in Middleburg, VA. He currently serves as a founding board member of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and is Chairman of the Board of The Journey Through Hallowed Ground, a National Heritage Site and National Scenic Byway.

    Originally from Topeka, KS, he holds a LLM in Tax from Georgetown University and a JD from Washburn University School of Law. He received his BS in Hotel Administration from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration.

    Stuart and his wife, Paula, currently reside in Leesburg, VA with their son, Colton.

    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. 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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  9. April 11, 2017
    Successful Prescribed Burn Completed at Little Round Top

    Gettysburg, Pa. – The National Park Service today successfully burned 52 acres of Little Round Top to remove grass and brush from an area historically open at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg. The prescribed burn was conducted to restore the historic scene of some of the most famous fighting of the American Civil War and to reduce the buildup of potential wildfire fuel.

    The burn was coordinated by National Park Service regional fire management specialists. Gettysburg National Military Park staff were joined by fire crews from Acadia National Park in Maine, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania, and Gateway National Recreation Area in New York, as well as a crew from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    While the active phase of the prescribed burn is complete, the site will continue to smolder for a few days; fire crews will continue to monitor the burn area until it is determined to be out. All Gettysburg National Military Park roads are expected to reopen on Tuesday, April 11 but the entire 52 acres of Little Round Top will remain closed to all visitors (including pedestrians, hikers, and cyclists) to allow firefighters to safety continue mop up operations within the burn area. The closure includes all Little Round Top summit parking along Sykes Avenue and Warren Avenue and the summit viewing areas and walkways. (Sykes and Warren Avenues will be open to drive through but no parking will be available.)

    Little Round Top is the location of some of the most famous fighting of the Battle of Gettysburg. Its rocky slopes anchored the left flank of the Union Army of the Potomac on July 2-3, 1863. Cleared of vegetation on its western face sometime prior to the American Civil War, its open views and sweeping vistas made it an ideal point of observation and a platform for artillery. Brutal fighting swept across its lower summit on July 2, 1863.

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  10. April 4, 2017
    “Great Task” Youth Leadership Program at Gettysburg National Military Park Now Accepting Applications Read More

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  11. February 27, 2017
    New Exhibit Spotlight at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center


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    CONTACT: Cindy Small, Chief Marketing Officer, Gettysburg Foundation
    717-339-2109; csmall@gettysburgfoundation.org

    New Exhibit Spotlight to open March 2 at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center

    Gettysburg, PA (February 24, 2017) – Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park are pleased to announce the debut of an exciting new exhibit March 2 dedicated to one-of-a-kind artifacts from the world-class collection of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia.

    Titled The First Among Equals: MOLLUS, Its Collection and the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, this Exhibit Spotlight features artifacts originally donated in large part by veterans, families and prominent citizens to the Pennsylvania Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), the nation’s first veterans’ organization. The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia became the museum of that collection.

    Because these treasured objects can be linked to specific people, units, places or times, they offer a glimpse into the past that enlivens the story of the American Civil War for visitors to Gettysburg. The exhibit’s featured artifacts–from revolvers to canteens and flags to stencils and hats and more–weave together to enhance the compelling narrative of the war.

    Robert A. Kinsley, chairman of the board of Gettysburg Foundation said, “All of 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. Through these artifacts, you can feel the passion, the courage and the conviction of the men who bravely fought to preserve our nation.”

    Ed W. 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.”

    Free and open to the public, the exhibit runs through 2017. It is the newest display of artifacts within the Exhibit Spotlight area of the Museum and Visitor Center. The Exhibit Spotlight gallery annually features a new theme and rotation of artifacts that connect soldiers, civilians and generals to the Battle of Gettysburg. Visitors have the opportunity to follow the journey of the person featured in the exhibit through their Gettysburg experience—watching the story unfold as they explore the connections found in both the Museum galleries and on the battlefield.

    As a result of a historic 2016 partnership forged between the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia and Gettysburg Foundation, the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia’s collection is stored at Gettysburg, where its items also will be exhibited. In addition to featuring a special selection in the Exhibit Spotlight area, a number of key objects have been integrated into the main Museum Galleries and the Gilder Lehrman Special Exhibits Gallery. Solidifying the long-term relationship between Gettysburg and Philadelphia, an exciting new exhibit is in the planning stages at Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center featuring artifacts from this collection.

    Highlights of the Exhibit Spotlight include:

    Headquarters Flag, Army of the Potomac, 1864–When General Ulysses S. Grant assumed command of all Union armies in 1864, he chose to lead the field and made his headquarters with the Army of the Potomac, at the time commanded by Major General George G. Meade. Meade was presented with a challenge because precedent called for the senior commander to designate his headquarters with the national flag, which now meant Grant. Meade’s solution: create this new headquarters flag. In a circular issued on May 2, 1864, Meade informed his men that his flag would be “a magenta-colored swallow-tailed flag, with an eagle in gold, surrounded by a silver wreath.”

    War correspondent Alfred R. Waud recalled Grant’s humorous reaction when seeing this flag for the first time: “What’s this! Is Imperial Caesar anywhere about here?” Meade reversed course less than a month later, calling for the headquarters to be designated with “a small national flag” in a circular on May 25, 1864. Although reasons for the change are unknown, Grant’s comment and known lack of formality may have played a part in Meade’s decision.

    Model 1860 Presentation Cavalry Sword & Scabbard, 1861–This presentation sword and scabbard was presented by the 1st Nebraska Infantry (later Cavalry) to Lewis Merrill. The engraving on the blade reads, “The officer of the 1st Regt. Nebraska Volunteers to Capt. Lewis Merrill 2nd Dragoons USA August 1861.” Merrill, a veteran of the pre-war 2nd US Dragoon regiment, organized and commanded the 2nd Missouri (Union Cavalry), better known as “Merrill’s Horse.” The regiment was well known for its aggressive, effective fighting against Confederate forces in the guerilla-style warfare typical of the war in Missouri and Arkansas. Post-war, he played a notable role in Reconstruction, fighting to dismantle the Ku Klux Klan in York County, South Carolina and other parts of the South.

    Writing board of Capt. Nathaniel Bayne, 118th Pennsylvania Infantry (Corn Exchange Regiment). This simple piece of wood, elevated on one end, served as a portable writing desk for Captain Nathaniel Bayne (1840-1898) of the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry. The engraving reads, “CAPT NATHANIEL BAYNE CO=I=118TH=REGT PENNA VOL (CORN EXCHANGE).” The regiment gained its nickname “Corn Exchange” from its sponsor - the Philadelphia brokerage house bank that raised the funds to form the regiment and pay $10 to each new recruit. Bayne was wounded at Dabney’s Mills outside Petersburg in February 1865. He mustered out at the rank of Captain in June 1865. After the war Bayne married, worked as a tailor, and had five children. He is buried at Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery in Wilmington, Delaware.

    Smoking Pipe--Brevet Major Albert H. Walters of the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry (also known as the Corn Exchange Regiment) owned this pipe. The skilled engraving on the pipe denotes battles in which Walters participated, including the major engagements fought by the Union Army of the Potomac in the first year and a half of the war. Walters mustered as a private in 1861 and rose in the ranks until promoted by brevet to Major on July 6, 1864 “for gallant and distinguished services at the battles of Bethesda Church, North Anna, and during the present campaign before Richmond, Va.” He is buried in Woodlands Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    About 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. 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. www.gettysburgfoundation.org.

    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/gett

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  12. February 9, 2017
    Gettysburg National Military Park is Hosting its First Virtual Reality Artist-in Residence in March

    Gettysburg, PA, - Gettysburg National Military Park, in cooperation with the non-profit National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) and the Gettysburg Foundation, announced today that Lathan Mastellar will be the first artist whose “paintbrush” is Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in Gettysburg NMP. He will be the park’s February-March, 2017, Artist in Residence as the Alembic Arts programmatic theme. He will give a free Artist Showcase Presentation at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center March 11th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm., This Gettysburg National Park Artist in Residence Lecture Series will feature the artist presentation on how Virtual and Augmented reality is a tool for both artists and the public to connect to the creation and interpretation of art. This event is free and open to the public.

    His formative experience of using Virtual and Augmented Reality has given Mr. Mastellar the contemporary viewpoint that is currently the newest emerging arts media in the forefront of the current arts trends worldwide. Though just recently finishing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, he takes pride in the fortuitous steps he has taken in using these new mediums. In his own words he expresses how one can use these new scientific and computer generated devices to further the audience experience and emotional response: “To formulate these experiences I must step into the shoes of the playwright, sculptor, sound engineer, and programmer. Virtual realities’ strength lies in its ability to embed the audience within the art as a direct experience, rather than gazing upon an artifact.”

    For the most part, Lathan paints his art in virtual reality building up layers, but not merely for decorative or beautiful effects, but more as a window into more tangible things like the historic past of Gettysburg National Military Park. “I feel like in this day and age many of us have lost a connection with true patriotism and the values that our nation originally stood and fought for.” He sees the computer art-scapes not merely as useful “subjects” but as a reflection into something greater than the RW (Real World) experience.

    Lathan will use the mid- February to Mid- March residency to create artworks inspired by the historic past of Gettysburg. He plans to capture the park as the first artist in residence to incorporate Gettysburg National Military Park in these new technologies for further exploration of what it means to forge ahead in these new communications. As Lathan states, ”While traditional art forms such as painting and sculpture can be shared with large groups of people at a time there is some distance between the experiencer and the experienced. In VR that line becomes obscured and the viewer is immersed within the art itself.”

    The Park is very excited to host the First Virtual Reality Artist this year. As the park’s superintendent, Ed Clark, explains, “Gettysburg National Military Park can offer the perfect backdrop to provide inspiration for emerging technologies in the arts. As the National Park Service strives to connect with new generations, we look forward to leading the arts and interpretation of Gettysburg into the future, while always remembering our mission of preserving history. “

    Programs like Gettysburg National Military Park’s artist in residence add value to the park experience for visitors, now and in the future, and represent the highest aspirations of the National Park Service’s goals for the next century.

    Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves, protects and interprets for this and future generations the resources associated with the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War, the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and their commemorations.

    The National Parks Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the promotion of the National Parks of the U.S. by creating dynamic opportunities for artworks that are based in our natural and historic heritage. This project is supported by the Gettysburg Foundation and other generous benefactors. NPAF National Park projects are supported entirely by donation and generous partnerships. For more information on how you can support the Gettysburg National Military Park Artist in Residence and other NPAF arts programs Nationwide visit www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org or admin@nationalparksartsfoundation.org.

    All NPAF programs are made possible through the philanthropic support of donors of all sorts ranging from corporate sponsors, small businesses, and art patrons and citizen-lovers of the parks. NPAF is always seeking new partners and donors for its wide-ranging artist-in-residence programs.

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  13. January 26, 2017
    Sacred Trust Talks Event Announcement

    Gettysburg, PA (January 26, 2017) — Gettysburg Foundation, after much consideration and deliberation, has decided not to hold the Sacred Trust Talks event in 2017. Over the July 1 -3 battle anniversary period, Gettysburg National Military Park provides extensive programming on the battlefield as well as at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Gettysburg Foundation encourages visitors to take part in National Park Service programming as well as Gettysburg Foundation offerings at the Rupp House History Center and the George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Site.

    The Foundation takes great pride in the history of success of the Sacred Trust Talks and Book Signing event and looks forward to plans underway, in collaboration with the national parks at Gettysburg, to offer new events for visitors and members.

    Once finalized, battle anniversary programs and events will be posted on www.nps.gov/gett and www.gettysburgfoundation.org
     

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  14. January 4, 2017
    Adams County Community Appreciation Day - February 20, 2017, Presidents’ Day

    Adams County Community Appreciation Day
    Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
    February 20, 2017, Presidents’ Day

    Gettysburg, PA (February 6, 2017) —The Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park invite Adams County residents to a Community Appreciation Day on February 20, 2017. On four designated Community Appreciation Days a year, Adams County residents enjoy free admission to the Cyclorama, Film and Museum Experience at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Local visitors should be prepared to show proof of Adams County residence, such as a driver’s license, to obtain tickets. Due to the popularity of previous community events, Adams County residents are encouraged to arrive early. Tickets at the Museum and Visitor Center are available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Advance reservations are not available for Community Appreciation Day tickets and rain checks will not be available.)

    Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
    Start with our film presentation, a New Birth of Freedom, immediately followed by a viewing of the famous Gettysburg Cyclorama. Then continue your visit by immersing yourself in our twelve-gallery museum. Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (the last show will begin at 4:00 p.m.) The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg.

    Throughout the day on February 18 and 19 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. there will be a display and brief talks about Civil War flags of the infantry, cavalry and artillery units and the flags designating corps, division and brigade commanders. This free display is presented by the Civil War Dance Foundation and sponsored by Gettysburg Foundation.

    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.

    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.

    For information about the Foundation, about visiting Gettysburg, or how you can become a part of the history of Gettysburg through your contribution, visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 877-874-2478 or the administrative offices at 717-338-1243.
     

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  15. November 30, 2016
    Gettysburg Foundation Names New President

    Gettysburg Foundation Names New President

    Matthew C. Moen Selected to Lead National Preservation Organization

    Gettysburg, PA (November 30, 2016)—Gettysburg Foundation announced today the selection of Matthew C. Moen as president of the Gettysburg-based organization whose preservation mission includes the funding and operation of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center; land, monument and artifact preservation; battlefield rehabilitation; and, a major focus on leadership and civic education. Dr. Moen currently serves as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Lohre Distinguished Professor at the University of South Dakota (USD) in Vermillion, South Dakota. He begins his new position in March 2017.

    As dean of the largest college at USD, Moen leads sixteen academic departments, exercises financial oversight of a multi-million dollar budget, and has helped raise more than $21 million in the current university capital campaign. Before joining USD as dean in 2002, he spent 16 years at the University of Maine, where he rose through the ranks to serve as professor/chair of political science, special assistant to the president and University of Maine System Trustee Professor.

    Past leadership positions include chair of the Professional Ethics Committee of the American Political Science Association, president of the New England Political Science Association, and president of the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences, the leading national arts and sciences dean's organization. He speaks nationally on both liberal arts education and fundraising. In 2011, Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed him to the board of directors of the South Dakota Humanities Council, where he served for five years, including chair of the board.

    “Dr. Moen’s commitment to education, notable leadership roles and significant fundraising successes are a perfect combination for leading our organization,” said Robert A. Kinsley, Chair of Gettysburg Foundation’s Board of Directors. He continued, “Gettysburg is unequaled in its capacity to teach and inspire generations, and Gettysburg Foundation has both the opportunity and the responsibility to inspire generations to share that capacity, today and well into the future. Through our partnership with the National Park Service in support of the national parks at Gettysburg, we made substantial advancements in projects and programs related to education, preservation and acquisition. Dr. Moen’s professional history and experience will be a great asset for the Foundation as we continue our mission.”

    “I’m so pleased to join the Gettysburg community and to have the opportunity to advance the important work of the Gettysburg Foundation,” Moen said. “The battlefield represents the most intensive military conflict in the history of the North American continent, followed by President Lincoln’s marvelous words of healing and inspiration in the Gettysburg Address. In that same spirit, we will continue to honor the legacy of sacrifice, while also educating our citizens about the importance of political civility at this time in our nation’s history.”

    Dr. Moen received his B.A. from Augustana College and Ph.D. through the Department of Political Science and the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma. He is author/co-author of six books and dozens of articles on American politics.

    About Gettysburg Foundation

    Gettysburg Foundation is the 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. In addition, 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.

    For information about Gettysburg Foundation, about visiting Gettysburg, or how you can become a part of the history of Gettysburg through your contribution, visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org.

    CONTACT: Cindy Small, Chief Marketing Officer, Gettysburg Foundation 717-339-2109; csmall@gettysburgfoundation.org

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  16. November 28, 2016
    Gettysburg Foundation Recruit Members Plan To Raise $7,500 on #GivingTuesday to Rehabilitate Historic Orchard

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    Gettysburg Foundation Recruit Members Plan To Raise $7,500 on #GivingTuesday to Rehabilitate Historic Orchard

    Gettysburg, PA (November 28, 2016) – The Gettysburg Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, “a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.”

    As part of this movement, Gettysburg Foundation Recruit members (Members aged 18-30) are Seeding the Future to Preserve the Past by raising money to restore the historic fruit orchard at the George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Site.

    During the Battle of Gettysburg, George Spangler watched his property go from a thriving family farm to a harrowing Union field hospital. The same fields he watched his children run through just days before were now strewn with wounded soldiers going through traumatic 19th century medical procedures.

    In honor of all who were treated and died at the farm, the Gettysburg Foundation is restoring an apple orchard to the property.

    This #GivingTuesday the Foundation’s Recruits will raise funds to plant the trees, re-build historic fence lines, and purchase supplies to restore this fruitful part of history.

    The trees will eventually become a part of the Foundation’s Recruit members Seedling to Cider project, which partners with the National Park Service and Good Intent Cider to preserve and maintain the battlefield orchards and uses fruit grown on the trees to make hard cider.

    The Recruits have some exciting events on tap for #Giving Tuesday.

    Through Facebook, you can watch Recruits present Gettysburg National Military Park with a check from the proceeds of the 2015-2016 cider sales.

    They will also feature an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Site. Led by Christopher Gwinn, Chief of Interpretation & Education at Gettysburg National Military Park, the tour will educate individuals about the Farm’s historic significance as both a Civil War Field Hospital and 19th century civilian farm life. The tour will be broadcasted live on Facebook.

    Occurring this year on November 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

    “#GivingTuesday reminds us of the great impact we have when we work together on projects,” says Beth Kirby Gettysburg Foundation Chief of Membership and Leadership, “this global day of giving allows us to think outside the box, engage new audiences, and be reminded what the holiday season truly represents.”

    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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