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  1. February 1, 2016
    Adams County Community Appreciation Day February 15

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    Adams County Community Appreciation Day
    Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, David Wills House and Rupp House History Center
    February 15, 2016

    Gettysburg, PA (February 1, 2016) —The Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park invite Adams County residents to a Community Appreciation Day on February 15, 2016. 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 and free admission to the David Wills House. 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 and at the David Wills House 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.) In conjunction with Community Appreciation Day, the Rupp House History Center will be open with special hours (admission is free/tickets are not required.)

    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: 8:00 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.

    David Wills House Delivers History and Preservation
    The Civil War came to the doorstep of the David Wills home in 1863 as Confederate soldiers occupied the town and the Wills house was used by wounded and dying soldiers. Months later President Abraham Lincoln stayed in this home just before delivering his Gettysburg Address. The David Wills House offers a self-guided museum tour that includes five galleries, two recreated rooms, including the Lincoln bedroom, two interactive stations, two films and a gift shop. Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The David Wills House is located at 8 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg.

    Rupp House History Center Offers Civilian and Soldier Experiences
    Through interactive exhibits that use sight, sound, touch and even smell, Rupp House visitors are able to immerse themselves in 19th century culture and learn about the civilians and the soldiers who struggled here, the John Rupp family and the preservation work that is critical to understanding the Battle of Gettysburg. Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Rupp House History Center is located at 451 Baltimore Street, 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. Information is available at www.nps.gov/gett.

    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.

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

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  3. January 6, 2016
    Gettysburg’s David Wills House will Temporarily Close January 1 Read More

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  4. December 31, 2015
    2016 Winter Lecture Series

    The annual Winter Lecture Series will take place from January 9 - March 13, 2016. Featuring some of the best National Park Service Rangers and Historians from across the region, this 11-week series of hour-long talks will examine some of the more controversial and complex aspects of the immediate aftermath of the American Civil War. From Reconstruction to the struggle for reconciliation, the rise of the Lost Cause, and the creation of battlefield parks, the decades following the end of the war represent one of the darkest, least recognized chapters in American history. And yet so many aspects of this important period continue to define and challenge us today.

    The Winter Lecture Series is held at 1:30 p.m. on weekends in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center from January 9 - March 13, 2016.

    Saturday, January 9
    Jubal Early and the Molding of Confederate Memory - Matt Atkinson, Gettysburg National Military Park

    Sunday, January 10
    Louisiana Radical: James Longstreet and Reconstruction (1866-1875) - Karlton Smith, Gettysburg National Military Park

    Saturday, January 16
    Power and Distorted Relationships: The Psychology of the "Loyal Slave" and "Mammy" - Troy Harman, Gettysburg National Military Park

    Sunday, January 17
    The Long Road to Reconciliation- Veterans and the Record of War - John Heiser, Gettysburg National Military Park

    Saturday, January 23
    Freedom, the Civil War, and its Complicated Legacy - John Hennessy, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

    Sunday, January 24
    The Rhetoric of Reconstruction and Reconciliation - What Does it All Mean? - Bert Barnett, Gettysburg National Military Park

    Saturday, January 30
    Colonels in War, Governors in Peace: Chamberlain and Oates in Reconstruction - Daniel Vermilya, Gettysburg National Military Park

    Sunday, January 31
    Monuments, Memory, and Reconstruction at the High Water Mark - D. Scott Hartwig

    Saturday, February 6
    "Trying to be a Radical and not a Fool": Congressman James A. Garfield and Reconstruction - Todd Arrington, James A. Garfield National Historic Site

    Sunday, February 7
    Impeached! The Rise and Fall of Andrew Johnson - Angie Atkinson, Gettysburg National Military Park

    Saturday, February 13
    Preservation and Commemoration at Antietam National Battlefield - Keith Snyder, Antietam National Battlefield Park

    Sunday, February 14
    Legacies of Letterman: The Army Medical Corps, 1864-1945 - Barb Sanders, Gettysburg National Military Park

    Saturday, February 20
    Adelbert Ames - From Gettysburg to Mississippi - Matt Atkinson, Gettysburg National Military Park

    Sunday, February 21
    If These Things Could Talk: 1866 and the Post War Army - Tom Holbrook, Gettysburg National Military Park

    Saturday, February 27
    Furled and Unfurled: A History of the Confederate Battle Flag at Gettysburg - Christopher Gwinn, Gettysburg National Military Park

    Sunday, February 28
    Longstreet and Sickles - Together Again for the First Time: The Grand Reunion of 1888 - Karlton Smith, Gettysburg National Military Park

    Saturday, March 5
    "It was, indeed, a scene of unsurpassed grandeur and majesty" - An Audio-Visual Presentation of the National Park Service's Coverage of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War - Jason Martz, Gettysburg National Military Park

    Sunday, March 6
    "Our once beautiful but now desolated Valley" - Post-War Shenandoah Valley, Virginia - Shannon Moeck, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

    Saturday, March 12
    The Aftermath of Pickett's Charge: Was There a Second Wave? - Troy Harman, Gettysburg National Military Park

    Sunday, March 13
    "We have made the most costly sacrifices" - The Consequences of War - Evangelina Rubalcava-Joyce, Gettysburg National Military Park

  5. 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!

  6. 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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  7. October 16, 2015
    New Exhibit Spotlight at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center Debuts

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    CONTACT:
    Cindy Small, Marketing and Communications Director, Gettysburg Foundation
    717-339-2109; csmall@gettysburgfoundation.org

    New Exhibit Spotlight at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center Debuts
    Brig. Gen William Barksdale Exhibit

    Gettysburg, PA – The Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park are excited to announce our new Exhibit Spotlight entitled, Firmness, Endurance, and Vigor: Brigadier General William Barksdale and Dr. Alfred Hamilton at Gettysburg which opens October 16 and runs through March of 2016. The exhibit, which is made possible largely through the generosity of private collectors, features artifacts from General Barksdale and Dr. Hamilton, the Pennsylvania native who treated Barksdale before he died wounds inflicted in the battle at Gettysburg.

    Prior to his military service, William Barksdale practiced law and later served in the U.S. House of Representatives. He resigned his seat in 1861 and in returning home he was appointed a general in the Mississippi state forces. In 1862 he was promoted to Brigadier General and led his brigade (the 13th, 17th, 18th, and 21st Mississippi Infantry) in notable campaigns and battles in 1862 and early 1863. At Gettysburg Barksdale and his men clashed with Union forces and sustained 747 casualties or approximately 50% of their numbers. Barksdale was struck multiple times, fell severely wounded and died before sunrise on July 3rd.

    Artifacts on display in this new Exhibit Spotlight include a .58 caliber bullet removed from the wounded Barksdale, the final remaining brass button from Barksdale’s uniform jacket, Dr. Hamilton’s journal that records his treatment of Barksdale, the doctor’s personal identification tag, a dissection set he used to perform surgical work, 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 exhibit Firmness, Endurance, and Vigor: Brigadier General William Barksdale and Dr. Alfred Hamilton at Gettysburg. It is the first time that these historic items are unified in the same exhibit and it is an honor to feature them together in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center for our visitors to view.”

    Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Ed W. Clark remarked, "The artifacts and objects Barksdale and Hamilton left behind are silent witnesses to the tragedy of the Civil War. It's important for Gettysburg's visitors to see these pieces that help tell the story of how two men of opposing philosophies met on the battlefield at Gettysburg, and how one lost his life – it’s one of the battle’s most enduring and poignant stories. These stories from America’s past can help guide each of us in today’s world.”

    The Exhibit Spotlight gallery highlights a new theme every six months that connects 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 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 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. For more information visit 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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  8. 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.

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

    GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK
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    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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