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  1. October 16, 2014
    Gettysburg Foundation Presents “What in the World is a Cyclorama?" - October 18 and October 25, 2014

    On October 18 and October 25, experience our after-hours program “What In The World Is A Cyclorama?” and learn about the world of cycloramas, including our cyclorama, a painting depicting the famous “Pickett’s Charge.” Held from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., and located at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, this painting is 42 feet high, 377 feet around (longer than a football field) and weighs an estimated 12.5 tons! Nearly 20 trained conservators worked for five years on the painting’s recent conservation, an effort that took five years and is the largest effort of its kind ever on the continent. In this special program you will have exclusive access to the painting with extended time on the viewing platform where you'll see the details of the painting for yourself and get answers to your cyclorama questions.

    Dates and times are subject to change.

    Tickets ($15 for adults and $8 for youth) are available online at http://www.gettysburgfoundaion.org/18 or by calling 877-874-2478 and in person at our ticketing counter at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg.

  2. August 29, 2014
    An Evening at the David Wills House, November 18, 2014

    Visit the place where President Abraham Lincoln, orator Edward Everett and numerous other dignitaries spent the evening 151 years ago on November 18, 1863, when the Wills family hosted 38 guests at their home the night before the Soldiers’ National Cemetery dedication ceremony. On November 18, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., tour David Wills’ office, where he oversaw the creation and dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and the room where Lincoln finished his now immortal Gettysburg Address the night before delivering “a few appropriate remarks.”

    Sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation, this event is free and open to the public.

    The David Wills House is located at 8 Lincoln Square. 

    For more information, please call 717-338-1243.

  3. August 29, 2014
    Remembrance Illumination, November 15, 2014

    The Gettysburg Foundation presents the 12th Annual Remembrance Illumination on Saturday, November 15, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.  This solemn commemoration features a luminary candle on the grave of each Civil War soldier; candles are placed on graves by Friends of Gettysburg volunteers.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation and the National Park Service.

    Free and open to the public.

    For more information, please visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org or contact Ann Swade, aswade@gettysburgfoundation.org, 717-339-2148.

  4. August 21, 2014
    Harold Holzer Lecture and Book Signing, November 15, 2014

    Harold Holzer, author, co-author, or editor of more than 40 books, will autograph copies of his newest book: Lincoln and the Power of the Press:  the War for Public Opinion (Simon & Schuster, 2014), from 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.

    Following the book signing, at 4:00 p.m., Holzer will speak on “Lincoln and the Press; at Gettysburg and Beyond.”

    Both events are open to the general public and books will be available at the Museum and Visitor Center bookstore. The lecture is free of charge and seating is limited on a first-come, first-served ticketed basis.  Free tickets for the lecture are now available by calling 877- 874-2478.

    For more information, please call 877-874-2478 or 717-338-1243.

  5. August 20, 2014
    Enjoy a Musical Experience at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, October 23, 2014

    Join the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park for a musical experience Thursday, October 23, 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., with the Muskingum University Wind Ensemble, performing selections such as Liberty Bell March, Songs from the Heartland and others.  Location for this performance is the lawn next to Lincoln Plaza/front entrance to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    For more information, contact the Gettysburg Foundation at 717-338-1243.

  6. August 19, 2014
    John Scott Adams Seminar, October 25, 2014

    Yes, We Fought There as Well:” The Other Maine Units at Gettysburg

    Gettysburg Foundation announces the John Scott Adams Seminar to be offered October 25, featuring Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee as he discusses the “other” Maine units at Gettysburg.

    An Adams seminar is a full-day program consisting of a half-day indoor lecture and a
    half-day battlefield tour. Program begins at 9 a.m. in the Ford Education Center Classroom of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.

    Suplee describes this seminar, “Almost everyone knows of the famous 20th Maine and their stand on July 2nd on Little Round Top, but Maine brought fourteen other units with almost 3,700 men to the battle; and Maine units were key to the battle on each of the three days. We will examine a number of these “other” units and visit the ground where they fought. Included will be the 16th ME on Oak Hill July 1st; the 17th ME in the Wheatfield, the 4th ME in Devil’s Den, Co. D 2nd US Sharpshooters at the Slyder Farm, and the 3rd ME in Pitzer’s Woods and in the Peach Orchard, all on July 2nd; and the 19th Maine defending the wall at Pickett’s Charge on July 3rd. A few of these units took casualty percentages well in excess of what the 20th I endured. Join us as we learn how these “other” Maine units contributed mightily to the ultimate success of the Union Army at Gettysburg.”  The walk will be easy across about one mile of relatively flat ground.

    Registration deadline is October 14, 2014.  Open to Friends of Gettysburg and non-members, the cost is $70 for members and $95 for non-members.  Optional boxed lunches are available for $12.

    To register for this event, or for more information, please contact Ann Swade at 717-339-2148, aswade@gettysburgfoundation.org.  On-line registration is available by clicking on the following link:  http://www.friendsofgettysburg.org/EventsCalendar/AdamsSeminarOctober252014.aspx

    Become a Member!  The Friends of Gettysburg is the membership component of the Gettysburg Foundation, the non-profit partner working with the National Park Service to enhance the preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg.  Benefits of membership are:  free admission to the Cyclorama, Film and Museum experience at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and the David Wills House, 10% discount on merchandise with the Friends of Gettysburg and the Museum Bookstore, discounts on public programs, invitations to member-only events and many more.
    Membership levels range from individual ($32) to Gettysburg Society ($5,000).  For more information, please contact Marie Kuykendall, mariek@gettysburgfoundation.org, 717-339-2159, or visit www.friendsofgettysburg.org


  7. August 19, 2014
    Fall Muster, October 17-18, 2014

    Join the Friends of Gettysburg members for the 23rd annual Fall Muster. The Fall Muster includes battlefield tours, lectures, Friends of Gettysburg merchandise, a banquet lunch, and the latest news about the Gettysburg Foundation. The two-day event of tours and programs will be held at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. Pennsylvania 17325. Musters include Friends of Gettysburg merchandise and serve as semi-annual meetings for Friends members. On Friday night of the Muster weekend, a special program welcomes Gettysburg National Military Park Chief of Museum Services Greg Goodell presenting “A Museum for All.” Then, on Saturday, selective battlefield tours are held, one three-hour tour in the morning and one three-hour tour in the afternoon, with lunch included between tours. We hope you enjoy these special tours with our fantastic Licensed Battlefield Guides!

    Registration Deadline is October 3, 2014.  This event is open to members and non-members.  Cost is $90 members, $115 non-members. 

    To register, please contact Ann Swade, 717-339-2148, aswade@gettysburgfoundation.org. On-line registration is available by clicking on the following link:  http://www.friendsofgettysburg.org/EventsCalendar/FallMuster2014.aspx

    For a full schedule and times of these Fall Muster activities, please visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

  8. June 11, 2014
    Franklin Project Summit Welcome Remarks

    Joanne M. Hanley, Gettysburg Foundation President and Ed W. Clark, Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, give Welcome Remarks during the opening ceremony of the Franklin Project Summit in Gettysburg on June 4, 2014.

    The Franklin Project is an effort to improve citizenship by giving every young person in America the opportunity to do a service year. Sometime between the ages of 18 and 28, the young person would do a fully paid, full-time year of service in one of an array of areas from conservation to education and everything in between. These young people will do good work and solve problems. But the real product is better young Americans.

    Click here to view a video of the opening ceremony.