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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. January 29, 2016
    Gettysburg Foundation Accepts Monumental Artifact Donation From Civil War Collector Craig Bashein Read More

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  4. 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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  5. 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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