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

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

    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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  3. November 21, 2016
    Eisenhower Home Decorated for the Holidays

    Eisenhower Home Decorated for the Holidays

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/21/16
    Contact: Ahna Wilson, Phone: 717/ 338-9114, ext. 4411, Email: Ahna_Wilson@nps.gov

    Eisenhower National Historic Site and the Gettysburg Foundation invite you to celebrate this holiday season at the home and farm of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower. The National Park Service decorates the Eisenhower home for Christmas, December 1 through 31, 2016. The celebration includes a holiday reception on Saturday, December 10, complete with cider and cookies courtesy of Gettysburg Tours, Inc.

    Mamie Eisenhower loved to decorate their home for Christmas. Her hand is evident in the home’s recreated decorations, with mistletoe, wreaths, and poinsettias. A brightly lit, candy cane-covered Christmas tree surrounded by presents illuminates the living room. A life-sized Santa Claus enlivens the casual atmosphere of the Eisenhowers’ porch while, in the kitchen, gifts of sugar cookies and plum pudding await the arrival of the Eisenhower grandchildren. The dining room table is set for Christmas dinner and the Eisenhowers’ Christmas records playing in the background add to the holiday atmosphere.

    The Eisenhowers’ specially designed White House Christmas cards are on exhibit, along with Christmas gift prints of the President’s paintings. One of the original decorations from the first family on display is a 1950s handmade Christmas shadow box. Park interpreters are on hand to share Eisenhower family recollections of Christmas in Gettysburg.

    Throughout December, the Eisenhower nativity dioramas, exhibited in the East Room of the White House during his presidency, will be on display in the lobby of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, along with a setting of Mamie’s Christmas China.

    The First Lady’s Christmas china had an image of a decorated Christmas tree with presents. The Eisenhowers’ three Nativity dioramas were handcrafted by artists Winfred S. Hyatt and Hanna Weil Fischer-Binder with additional work by Bryn Athyn Studios of Building & Architectural Arts. The first diorama depicts the manger. The others depict the shepherds and wise men. The dioramas remained on exhibit each year through 1960, the Eisenhowers’ last Christmas in the White House.

    The Eisenhower National Historic Site is open daily with shuttle buses leaving the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $5.00 for youth ages 6 -12; children age 5 and under are admitted free. Advance reservations are available and highly recommended for groups. Reservations can be made by calling 877-874-2478.

    For the holiday reception on December 10, shuttle buses will depart from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center on the hour between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Please note: the last bus departs the Museum and Visitor Center for the Eisenhower Site at 3:00 p.m. The Site is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

    For more information contact the Eisenhower National Historic Site at 717/ 338-9114 or visit the website at www.nps.gov/eise\

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  4. November 8, 2016
    Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center’s Winter Visiting Hours Read More

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  5. November 7, 2016
    Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Wins Statewide Award from Pennsylvania Meetings + Events Magazine

    Gettysburg, PA (11-7-16) – Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center was voted the top venue in the state as “Best Historic or Cultural Venue” by the readers of Pennsylvania Meetings + Events, a trade publication targeting meeting, conference and event planners.

    The award was presented as part of Pennsylvania Meetings + Events’ annual “Best of Pennsylvania” ceremony October 6 in Philadelphia. Other finalists included the Phoenixville Foundry and the Liberty View at Independence Visitor Center.

    "We are proud of this accomplishment," said Barbara Sardella, Interim President of the Gettysburg Foundation, the organization that owns and operates the Museum and Visitor Center. We have an energetic team that offers exceptional customer service and views every occasion a unique one. This award is evidence of the dedication and hard work of our staff, the multitude of customized options we offer, and the beautiful public and private meeting spaces amidst our rare, historic surroundings."

    Nearly every type of meeting or event at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center can feature an historic aspect for a special occasion, dinner, cocktail hour. Examples are corporate meetings, weddings, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, educational seminars, courses on historic/military leadership, retirement parties, business social networking receptions, training sessions, historic lectures, author book signings, and more.

    Sardella added, “Event planners and attendees alike love to meet in this venue and its historical setting because it carries appeal to those who are interested in some aspect of history.” The event planning team offers speakers on topics of history, people in Civil War period dress such as Robert E. Lee and Abraham Lincoln, a private viewing of the rare Cyclorama painting of Pickett’s Charge, a private viewing of special film, “A New Birth of Freedom” narrated by Morgan Freeman; or a private viewing of the 12-gallery Museum of the American Civil War. The Refreshment Saloon is an elegant, charming dining area with a beautiful stone, working fireplace and wall-length window looking out to beautiful wooded scenery.

    There is ample space for events and meetings, in-house catering services for buffets, sit-down dinners and cocktail affairs, free parking and motorcoach access and a dedicated events staff ready to help make events a moment in history for all guests.

    For more information or to request a quote, contact our facility events and rentals manager, email Debbie Joyner at djoyner@gettysburgfoundation.org or telephone 717-338-1243, ext. 2108.

    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.

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  6. November 4, 2016
    Gettysburg Foundation Announces Three New Board Members

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

    Gettysburg Foundation Announces Three New Board Members

    Gettysburg, PA (November 4, 2016)—The Gettysburg Foundation announces the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors.

    Joining the Board of Directors are William E. Aldrich, Jon C. Sirlin and A.J. Kazimi. “All three of our newest Board members bring talent, expertise and energy to the Board of Directors. We are very fortunate to have them join our Board as we continue to strengthen our partnership with the National Park Service and our commitment to our mission, to the community and to the memory of those who fought and died in the Battle of Gettysburg,” states Robert A. Kinsley, Chairman of the Board.

    Prior to his retirement, William E. Aldrich was the Director of Research and Chief Operating Officer for a Fortune 500 textile company and has been a member of the Board of Directors of several major railroads, including: New Haven, Conrail, and Norfolk Southern. He is a Senior Fellow at Mellon Institute; his work has been included in several publications, and holds twelve patents. In 1963, Dr. Aldrich was commissioned as a Captain in the US Army Special Services. By 1979, he had risen to the rank of Major General. Dr. Aldrich compiled extensive research on the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station, not only as it pertains to President Lincoln’s visit, but also how it was used prior, during, and after the Battle of Gettysburg. He made significant contributions to the interpretation of the site. He has been a member of the Friends of Gettysburg for more than ten years and is a current member of the Gettysburg Foundation’s Guardian Society.

    Jon C. Sirlin is the Managing Partner of Sirlin, Lesser, & Benson, P.C. Prior to creating Sirlin, Lesser, & Benson in 1981, he was General Partner at Wasserstrom, Chucas, Sirlin, & Bloom, as well as Fell, Spalding, Goff, & Rubin. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Independence National Park, Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery (Chairman), Abraham Lincoln Foundation at the Union League of Philadelphia (Development Committee Chair and Chair of Founders Circle) and Walnut Street Theatre. Mr. Sirlin is passionate about Civil War history, is an avid re-enactor, and keeps his horse boarded in Chambersburg for events at Gettysburg and elsewhere. While re-enacting, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Volunteers and serves as Chief of Staff to General Tony Daniels. He is a member of the Union League of Philadelphia and of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U.S. Mr. Sirlin is also an avid collector of art, antique French furniture and clocks.

    A.J. Kazimi has nearly thirty years of experience in the international biopharmaceutical industry. He founded and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical firm headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee since the Company’s inception. Prior to forming Cumberland, Mr. Kazimi served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Therapeutic Antibodies Inc., an international biopharmaceutical company. During his eleven years with the company, he oversaw operations in three countries and played a key role in the company's product development programs, licensing agreements and an IPO on the London stock exchange. Mr. Kazimi also currently serves as Chairman of Cumberland Emerging Technologies (CET), a biomedical incubator and joint initiative among Cumberland, Vanderbilt University, and the state of Tennessee.

    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 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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  7. November 1, 2016
    Special Veterans Day Events at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center

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

    Special Veterans Day Events at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center

    Gettysburg, PA (11-1-2016) – The public is invited to attend the following upcoming Veterans’ Day events, co-sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park, unless otherwise noted.

    November 11 & 12, 2:00 p.m. Find Your Story: Explore Your Family History

    Did you ever wonder if you had an ancestor who fought in the Civil War? Or maybe you've heard stories repeated through the years of a family member who fought in World War II but you don't know the details. Join a National Park Service Ranger for a free 45-minute introduction to genealogy, with a particular focus on uncovering your family's military history. Discover the knowledge and skills you need to track down your ancestors. Get access to the free tools and databases provided by Ancestry.com in the newly redesigned McKenna Foundation Resource Room at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. This free program is open to the public, holds special focus on military history as we recognize Veterans' Day and takes place in the Ford Education Center at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.

    November 11 Veterans' Day and Community Appreciation Day

    On Veterans' Day, military veterans will be admitted free of charge to the Film, Cyclorama Painting and 12-gallery Museum at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and the David Wills House. Active duty military receive free admission year round. To further recognize veterans, a special 20% discount is offered to military veterans for purchases in the Book Store and Refreshment Saloon.

    November 11 is also Community Appreciation Day, one of four days in the year that the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park invite Adams County residents to enjoy free admission to the Cyclorama, Film and Museum Experience and at the David Wills House. In conjunction with these special occasions, the Rupp House History Center, 451 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, will be open with special hours, Noon to 5:00 p.m., admission is free. For more information, visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org.

    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 Foundationhas 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 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 http://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm

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  8. October 31, 2016
    Winter Hours at the Eisenhower Site

    Winter Hours at the Eisenhower Site – Visitors in January and February May Ddrive Directly to the Site

    The National Park Service has announced winter hours for Eisenhower National Historic Site, beginning December 5 and extending to March 2, 2017.

    From December 5 to December 22, house tours will be daily, serving the shuttle buses at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  On December 10, the public is invited to a holiday open house, with access by shuttle buses hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  From December 23 to December 31, house tours will be daily, serving the shuttle buses at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.  From January 2 to March 2, the public may drive to site. From Friday through Monday, house tours will be offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The grounds will be available daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for self-guided tours. 

    Throughout January and February, visitors may drive their personal vehicles to the site. At all other times of the year, access is by shuttle bus only from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. 

    The site will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. 

    Eisenhower National Historic Site preserves and interprets the home and the farm as a fitting and enduring tribute to the life, work, and times of General Dwight David Eisenhower and to the events of far reaching importance which occurred on the property.  For more information about the Eisenhower National Historic Site go to: www.nps.gov/eise or www.facebook.com/EisenhowerNPS.  Or call 717-338-9114.

    www.nps.gov/eise

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  9. October 24, 2016
    LeVar Burton to Present the Keynote Address at the 153rd Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

    Lincoln Fellowship News Release
    Contact: Tina M. Grim
    Chairperson, Dedication Day Committee
    Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania
    tgrim@gettysburgfoundation.org
    717-339-2161 or 717-253-2443 (cell)
    For immediate release:

    LeVar Burton to Present the Keynote Address at the 153rd Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

    LeVar Burton, actor, director, producer, writer and speaker, will deliver the Dedication Day keynote address on November 19, 2016, in Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park. When asked to speak at the 153rd Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Burton responded: “I am both delighted and honored to be this year's Dedication Day speaker. Lincoln is and always will be a towering figure in the story of America and his Gettysburg Address, one of the most enduring and eloquent testimonies to the true purpose of our Democracy.”

    On November 19, each year since 1938, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania has commemorated Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and rededicated Soldiers’ National Cemetery, Gettysburg National Military Park where Lincoln spoke. In the intervening years this annual event has grown and is now co-sponsored by the National Park Service, the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg College. It is presented outdoors on the historic rostrum located in the cemetery, near the very site where Lincoln delivered his address in 1863. Stephen Herr, President of the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, stated:

    LeVar Burton’s scope and depth of work, his passion to ignite the love of learning in both children and adults, and his commitment to addressing significant issues in our society all contribute to making him an outstanding selection as the speaker for Dedication Day 2016. The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and our partners are honored to welcome Mr. Burton who has devoted his career to advocating for children’s literacy and helping television viewers and movie goers around the world explore challenging issues. We look forward to his voice and perspective on the significance of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and its meaning in the context of contemporary America culture and life.

    Burton, the recipient of 12 Emmy Awards, a Grammy and 5 NAACP Awards, is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking role of Kunta Kinte in the landmark television series “Roots,” and as Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge in the iconic “Star Trek: The Next Generation” television series and feature films. His most enduring achievement has been as host and executive producer of the beloved PBS children’s series “Reading Rainbow”—one of the longest-running children’s television shows in history, earning over 200 awards including multiple Emmys and a Peabody. Always committed to improving children’s education through innovative uses of storytelling, in 2012 Burton launched RRKIDZ, a digital educational publishing company, with the goal of inspiring a new generation of children to love reading. With over 16 million books and videos enjoyed since launch, Reading Rainbow is the number one educational app on iTunes and recipient of numerous awards. And, in October 2014, Reading Rainbow published Burton’s first children’s book, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, a powerful and uplifting story to help children cope with the difficulties of everyday life.

    The anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and the Dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery was formally designated as Dedication Day, by a joint resolution of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, on November 19, 1946. Over the years, many influential and noteworthy national figures including: Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Tom Ridge, John Hope Franklin, Shelby Foote, Carl Sandburg, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Stephan Lang, Sandra Day O’Connor, Ken Burns, Steven Spielberg, Garrison Keillor and others have spoken at the ceremony to help all of us remember Lincoln’s words and to rededicate ourselves to the ideals Lincoln conveyed there in 1863.

    At 9:30 a.m., the day’s events will begin with the wreath-laying ceremony at the Soldiers’ National Monument, followed by the Dedication Day Program at 10:00 a.m. at the rostrum in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, Gettysburg National Military Park. Lincoln portrayer George Buss will recite the Gettysburg Address and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will hold a naturalization ceremony for citizen candidates.

    This event is free and open to the general public. There will be some chairs available to the general public, so feel free to bring lawn chairs. We also strongly recommend visitors park at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center in Lot #3 and take the free Gold Line Shuttle to the Cemetery. The Gold Line will operate from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. For more information visit www.lincolnfellowship.org.

    In the event of severe inclement weather, the program will relocate to the Gettysburg College Union Building Ballroom on West Lincoln Avenue.

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  10. October 19, 2016
    The Spirit of John Muir: Live at Gettysburg! Saturday, October 29

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

    The Spirit of John Muir: Live at Gettysburg! Saturday, October 29 at 3:30 PM at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center

    Gettysburg, PA (10-18-16) – In continued celebration of the Centennial of the National Park Service, the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park are pleased to host a special performance of John Muir Live! featuring award winning performer Lee Stetson. This free hour long performance takes place at 3:30 PM at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Join iconic author, adventurer and environmental advocate John Muir as he celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Follow in Muir’s footsteps as he retraces some of his grandest adventures in California and beyond, from Mount Shasta, where he spent a “perilous night” simultaneously freezing in a blizzard and boiling in hot springs; to Yosemite Valley, where he climbed a 500-foot ice cone and rode an avalanche down a canyon wall. Muir's experiences bring to life the National Park story and speak to the preservation of not only our wilderness and natural parks, but our battlefields and historic sites as well.

    Actor and historian Lee Stetson, re-enacts remarkable escapades, all liberally salted with Muir’s wilderness philosophy and infused with the invigorating joy of fully experiencing and embracing an unpredictable wilderness.

    Mr. Stetson’s portrayal of John Muir has been presented in Yosemite National Park since 1983, to many thousands of visitors. Additionally, the Muir shows have toured throughout the world to universities, parks, museums, wilderness and environmental organizations throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Scotland and Japan. Mr. Stetson has performed more than fifty major roles from Shakespeare to Simon. His credits include his portrayal of John Muir in Ken Burns’ critically acclaimed series The National Parks – America’s Best Idea.

    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.

    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 http://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm
     

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  11. October 19, 2016
    Artist Paul Kaloper is October/November’s NPAF Gettysburg Military Park Artist-in-Residence

    GETTYSBURG, PA — Gettysburg National Military Park’s Artist-in-Residence for the months of October/November will be artist Paul Kaloper, originally from San Pedro, CA. Kaloper has a BFA from California State University at Long Beach, and an MFA from the University of South Dakota. His discovery of the artist’s vocation was something of a psychogeographic journey away from a certain isolation. “I wasn’t really exposed to art as a child. I was raised in Los Angeles in a blue collar community called San Pedro. Although it's only 25 miles from downtown LA, San Pedro might as well be located in a different country and era; it’s situated on a peninsula, which keeps it geographically and culturally isolated. It isn’t on the way to anything, and non-residents only end up in San Pedro if they’re lost.”

    Kaloper plans to photograph his subjects at the park and then transfer the pictures to screens with photo-emulsion and sunlight; he'll then use the resulting images to make multi-color screen prints — in the style of vintage souvenir decals. What draws him to screen-printing is its combination of high and low, chance and necessity: “The prints are both handmade and mass-produced. It seems like an appropriate medium to use to explore themes like consumer culture and social indifference. I think the most interesting prints are ones where the registration is slightly off, because it's like the illusion is on the verge of falling apart.” He adds that he likes the challenge of creating work under far from ideal conditions. Says Kaloper, “This method of working is much less controllable than the usual methods, and it introduces an element of unpredictability that's not usually present in contemporary screen prints. The Gettysburg prints are meant to be site-specific works, though, and the imperfections can serve as evidence of that.”

    The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF), a 501(c)3 non-profit, is excited to continue and expand this program with the National Park Service at Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation to provide the Gettysburg National Military Park Artist-in-Residence program. This is one of many summer residency programs available at Gettysburg National Military Park this year. There will be a total of eight artist residencies in 2016.

    Kaloper will spend half of October and the first half of November, 2016 at the park, working and chatting with the public. He is energized by the opportunity to teach and learn from the Park’s visitors, says Kaloper: “I've never been to Gettysburg before, but of course I've got all these preconceptions about it. I'm hoping this leads to some productive cognitive dissonance.” He expects that interaction with visitors as he works outside in the park will be both grounding and stimulating to his process: “I enjoy hearing viewers’ reactions to what I'm thinking about and working on. Their input usually points me in new directions.” He is also excited to be living in the park as he has a longstanding interest in 19th Century history and Americana. Says Kaloper, “I'm particularly fascinated by the 19th Century political environment. The idea of visiting Gettysburg seems incredible to me, and the idea of making art there and living in a house on the battlefield for a month is positively surreal.”

    Kaloper will meet with park visitors at the Park’s First Fridays program, held the first friday of the month. The Artist-in-Residence will give an artist talk and share some of his work on Friday, November 4th from 5 to 8 pm at the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station. The program is offered thanks to the input and support of the National Park Service and the Gettysburg Foundation whose joint efforts make the park the foremost visitor destination for those interested in the epic history of the American Civil War.

    “We’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service throughout 2016 and our Artist in Residence program has helped inspire so many park visitors. The art of Paul Kaloper reminds me in a way of the famous National Park Service posters that were created by the WPA (Works Progress Administration) from 1938-1941.” Says Gettysburg’s Superintendent Ed W. Clark. “None of these brightly colored posters were ever created for Gettysburg NMP, nor Eisenhower NHS, so I’m very excited to see how Paul interprets our two parks through his artwork.” said Ed W. Clark, superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park.”

    And Barbara Sardella, Interim President of the Gettysburg Foundation, believes that integrating art into the experience at Gettysburg is a long-term Foundation goal: ”The Artist-in-Residence program is a refreshing way to make the stories from Gettysburg's rich history come to life. At the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, we use the magnificent Cyclorama painting and our new Civil War Art Exhibit to depict the courageous soldiers and civilians, ordinary people, caught up in extraordinary situations. The talented artists of this program like Paul Kaloper, who interact with our visitors and local residents create a spark when they offer a very different lens through which to view war, people, and the power of this place called Gettysburg."

    CONTACTS:
    NPAF: Cecilia Wainwright (email) admin@nationalparksartsfoundation.org
     

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  12. October 18, 2016
    Special November Events Commemorating Gettysburg Address, History and the Holidays

    NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

    Special November Events Commemorating Gettysburg Address, History and the Holidays


    Gettysburg, PA (10-19-16) – The public is invited to attend the following upcoming November events, co-sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park unless otherwise noted.

    November 11 & 12, 2:00 p.m. Find Your Story: Explore Your Family History at Gettysburg National Military Park
    Did you ever wonder if you had an ancestor that fought in the Civil War? World War II? Join a National Park Service Ranger for a free 45-minute introduction to genealogy, with a particular focus on uncovering your family's military history. Discover the knowledge and skills needed to track down your ancestors and get access to the free tools and databases provided by Ancestry.com in the newly redesigned McKenna Foundation Resource Room at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. This free program is open to the public, holds special focus on military history as we recognize Veterans Day and takes place in the Ford Education Center at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.

    November 11 Community Appreciation Day (Veterans Day)
    The Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park invite Adams County residents to a Community Appreciation Day on Friday, November 11. On four designated Community Appreciation Days a year, including Veterans Day, Adams County residents enjoy free admission to the Cyclorama, Film and Museum Experience at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and at the David Wills House. Since this fourth appreciation day of the year falls on Veterans Day, military veterans will be admitted free of charge (active duty military receive free admission year round.) In conjunction with Community Appreciation Day, the Rupp House History Center will be open with special hours (admission is free/tickets are not required). For more information, visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org.

    November 18, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Evening at the David Wills House
    Visit the place where President Abraham Lincoln, orator Edward Everett and numerous other dignitaries spent the evening on November 18, 1863, when the Wills family hosted 38 guests at their home the night before the Soldiers’ National Cemetery dedication ceremony. 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.” The David Wills House is located at 8 Lincoln Square. This non-ticketed special event is free and open to the public.

    November 18, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Evening at the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station
    Visit the historic 1858 structure that served as a hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg. The wounded and the dead were transported from Gettysburg through the station to other cities across the east after the battle. Abraham Lincoln arrived at the station when he visited in November 1863, to deliver the Gettysburg Address. Living historians in period dress will be at the train station to tell the story of President Lincoln’s arrival. The Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station is at 35 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg.

    November 19, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Dedication Day Ceremony
    This Dedication Day Ceremony will observe the Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The event takes place in the Soldiers' National Cemetery, located in Gettysburg between Baltimore Pike and Taneytown Road, and is sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and Gettysburg College. This non-ticketed event is free and open to the public. For more information on the keynote speaker, LeVar Burton, click here.

    There will be a livestream of the Dedication Day ceremony on Saturday, November 19, starting shortly before 10 a.m.  To watch, please visit the USCIS Facebook page by clicking here.  You can also follow along on social media using #GburgAddress

    A community parade of Civil War living history groups will also be held in conjunction with the Gettysburg Address anniversary. The parade begins at 1 p.m. at LeFever Street.

    November 19, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: 14th Annual Remembrance Illumination
    The Gettysburg Foundation presents the 14th Annual Remembrance Illumination at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, located between Baltimore Pike and Taneytown Road in Gettysburg. This solemn commemoration features a luminary candle on each of the 3,512 Civil War soldier’s graves. Names of the fallen soldiers will be read throughout the evening. Enter the Cemetery through the gate at Taneytown Road or the gate at Baltimore Street. This non-ticketed event is free and open to the public. This event is weather-permitting, with no make-up date should the event be cancelled due to inclement weather.

    November 25, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Christmas in the 1860s
    The Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation (CWDF), will offer exhibits and dance demonstrations in the Group Lobby at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. Visitors will see the Ensemble perform some of the most common dances of the era as they recreate an authentic 1860s Christmas Ball and will have a chance to join in. Civilian artifacts such as jewelry and photographs will be on display. In the spirit of holiday giving, the CWDF will also have “Soldiers Boxes” on hand for donations to our military. This non-ticketed event is free and open to the public.

    Items being accepted, benefiting MCVET (Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training), include:

    - Hats – all sizes
    - Gloves – all sizes
    - Combs and brushes
    - T-Shirts (all sizes, all colors)
    - Sweatpants (all sizes, all colors)
    - Sweatshirts (all sizes, all colors)
    - Socks (all sizes, all colors, all types)
    - Shaving cream & razors
    - Shower shoes – all sizes
    - Soap – all types
    - Shampoo – all types
    - Toothbrushes
    - Toothpaste
    - School supplies – writing tablets, pens, pencils
    - Detergents – all types

    November 25, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: 1860s Holidays at the David Wills House
    This year, on November 25 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. enjoy the Christmas tree lighting in the center of downtown Gettysburg with a side of history at the David Wills House, located at 8 Lincoln Square, right across from the tree. Gettysburg Foundation is sponsoring a crafts table for children where they can create and take home their very own Victorian Christmas ornament. Local cider will be provided for the entire family and the David Wills House is open at a reduced $2 admission for adults and FREE for children under 18. An NPS Ranger will be available to talk about the historic significance of the house and how holidays were celebrated in the 19th century. Living historians will be onsite greeting your family in period dress.

    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.

    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 http://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm

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  13. October 11, 2016
    Gettysburg Battlefield Marathon

    A full marathon (26.2 miles) hosted by The Gettysburg Foundation and the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County. Most of the course is on the Gettysburg National Military. Gettysburg has never hosted an event like this, and you will want to make sure you have a spot at the first-ever Gettysburg Battlefield Marathon. Pass historic sites such as Pennsylvania Monument, Sachs Covered Bridge, Devil's Den, Eternal Light Peace Memorial and more. The marathon begins and ends at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center. Click here for a map of the course.

    This race will be popular and the field is limited to 1000 runners and we have an early bird special of $110. After July 1, the price increases to $135. The registration fee includes a free long-sleeve hi-tech shirt with race logo (must register by Oct. 6), tickets to the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center with access to the Cyclorama painting and “New Birth of Freedom” film and more SWAG. Finishers will receive a medal at the finish line. A pre-run spaghetti dinner will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 5-8 pm at the Gettysburg Area Rec Park, 545 Long Lane, Gettysburg. The price of the meal is included with your registration, runners may purchase additional meals for their family and friends for only $10. Runners must register online. Click here and follow the steps. All proceeds benefit the host organizations.

    About the YWCA
    The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County is a membership organization that has been meeting the needs of our entire community for over 90 years. The YW is the largest child care provider in Adams County. It works toward racial justice and the economic empowerment of women. The YW offers a fantastic fitness center with the only public indoor swimming pool.

    About The Gettysburg Foundation
    The Gettysburg Foundation’s mission, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), is to enhance the preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg and its national parks. The Foundation focuses its work primarily on the battle of Gettysburg and its context in the American Civil War, as well as President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Assistance is also given to occasionally support the Eisenhower National Historic Site, President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s residence in the Gettysburg community.

    For additional information, please contact Alex at ahayes@ywcagettysburg.org or 717-334-9171, ext. 116 or Megan at marnold@ywcagettysburg.org or 717-334-9171, ext. 115. 

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  14. September 13, 2016
    Gettysburg Foundation Announces Interim President

    GETTYSBURG FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES INTERIM PRESIDENT

    Robert A. Kinsley, Chairman of the Gettysburg Foundation’s Board of Directors made the following announcement today:

    “I am pleased to announce that Barbara Sardella has agreed to temporarily set aside her retirement to serve as interim President at the Gettysburg Foundation.

    Barbara’s institutional knowledge and long-term investment of her time and expertise to the Gettysburg Foundation will enable us to continue moving forward in collaboration with the NPS in a progressive manner until a new President is selected.

    Please feel free to contact Barbara at 717-339-2100 or bsardella@gettysburgfoundation.org.”

    Additional background information:
    Barbara Sardella is currently the Secretary for the Gettysburg Foundation Board of Directors. She retired recently as the vice president and general counsel for Kinsley Construction, Inc. and general counsel and broker of record for Kinsley Properties in York, Pennsylvania. She oversaw and coordinated all legal matters for the company and related partnerships and has been a practicing attorney for 20 years. Ms. Sardella received a J.D. degree from the American University, Washington College of Law, Washington D.C., and a B. S. degree in chemistry from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She currently resides in New Freedom, PA with her husband, Dr. Stephen Barton.

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

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  15. September 7, 2016
    Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Expands McKenna Foundation Resource Room Program

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

    Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Expands McKenna Foundation Resource Room Program Free and Available to the Public

    Gettysburg, PA (September 7, 2016) – Gettysburg National Military Park today announced the expansion of hours and tools in theMcKenna Foundation Resource Room, located in the Museum and Visitor Center. Gettysburg National Military Park offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history and culture of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War. Visitors who experience the park, and its state-of-the-art Museum and Visitor Center, leave with an understanding of the scope and magnitude of the sacrifices made by soldiers and civilians alike, which ultimately gave way to a new birth of freedom for our country.

    The Park Museum and Visitor Center tells the story of the battle and its significance to our nation’s history within the context of the causes and consequences of the Civil War. The Museum showcases an extensive collection of artifacts and archival materials, and provides visitors with a perspective of the war through the words of its participants and spectators, including Presidents Lincoln and Davis, Generals Meade and Lee, and soldiers, correspondents and civilians. Through a variety of exhibits, interactive displays, films and a host of research resources, visitors gain an experience and perspective unlike any other.

    Ever wonder if you have family ties to the historic Battle of Gettysburg? The McKenna Foundation Resource Room, which is free and open to the public, now has staff and tools that can help you answer that question and more.

    More than just a library, the McKenna Foundation Resource Room is staffed by National Park Service volunteers who can help you get started and guide your journey through history. Open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the McKenna Foundation Resource Room gives visitors free access to information about the people who lived, worked and fought in Gettysburg, the Battle of Gettysburg, and the Gettysburg battlefield monuments.

    Visitors can now access information using Ancestry, Fold 3 and National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors databases. Some of these resources also allow you to go beyond the Civil War and look up information about soldiers that served more recently.

    “The McKenna Foundation Resource Room was reimagined in response to requests for information from visitors at the Park,” said Chris Gwinn, Acting Chief of Interpretation, Gettysburg National Military Park.

    “More than 165,000 Americans fought in the Battle of Gettysburg and, on a daily basis, the rangers and volunteers are asked if we can provide information on ancestors and family members who may have been involved. Previously, we simply didn't have access to archival materials to be able to provide any meaningful information,” he said.

    The McKenna Foundation Resource Room is a place for visitors, researchers and community members to connect with--or discover--their personal connection to the Battle of Gettysburg, the American Civil War and the nation-changing events of the mid-19th century. The McKenna Foundation Resource Room is available through generous funding provided by the Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation.

    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 is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and protects the resources associated with the Battle of Gettysburg and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and provides an understanding of the events that occurred there within the context of American history.

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  16. July 8, 2016
    Cemetery Ridge Project - NPS Announce Detours, Temporary Parking and Cemetery Access

     

     

     

    CLICK HERE FOR A MAP OF THE AFFECTED AREA

         

    For Release: 7/6/16
    Contact: Katie Lawhon
    Office: 717/ 338-4402
    Katie_Lawhon@nps.gov

    The rehab of Cemetery Ridge will begin July 11 - NPS announces detours, temporary parking and cemetery access

    The parking area and sidewalks for the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park along Taneytown Road will close on July 11 for up to six months for a construction project, National Park Service officials have announced. To accommodate national cemetery visitors during the project, a number of detours and temporary access points have been established.

    Parking - Temporary grass and gravel parking lots for the National Cemetery will be designated on the east side of Taneytown Road, across from the existing lot, and at the intersection of Taneytown Road and Hunt Avenue.

    Pedestrian Access - Because of sidewalk closures on the west side of Taneytown Road, pedestrian access to the national cemetery will be through a new gate through the stone wall on the south side of the cemetery, directly accessible from the temporary parking area. All existing cemetery gates will remain open during cemetery hours. Pedestrians using the trail from the park Museum and Visitor Center will be rerouted onto a new temporary grass trail on the east side of Taneytown Road.

    Handicapped accessibility - Visitors with mobility impairments may obtain special permission from Park Rangers in the Museum and Visitor Center to drive into the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.

    Auto Tour Route - Cars following the Gettysburg National Military Park’s auto tour route will be directed from Hancock Avenue to Steinwehr Avenue to Taneytown Road to the temporary parking lot for the cemetery (Auto Tour stop 16). Buses, RVs and large vehicles will follow detour signs on a special route via Steinwehr Avenue to Queen Street, to Fairview Avenue, to Gettys Street, to Washington Street, to Taneytown Road to the Hunt Avenue temporary parking area. These large vehicles must take special care when parking at Hunt Avenue due to wet areas on the left and right side of the entrance.

    Local traffic detour - Local traffic that uses this area for access between Taneytown Road and Steinwehr Avenue will be redirected to the intersection of Taneytown Road and Steinwehr Avenue or Wheatfield Road.

    Freedom transit – The Gold Line shuttle’s cemetery stop will be relocated to the temporary parking lot.

    Bicycle traffic – Bicyclists, including users of the Gettysburg Inner Loop bike trail, will stay on Steinwehr Avenue to the intersection with Taneytown Road and proceed to the bike racks inside the Taneytown Road entrance to the cemetery.

    Project background – This $1.5 million dollar project will rehabilitate Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg National Military Park, bringing 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 provided a grant of $900,000 to match National Park Service funding of $600,000. Special funding from the National Park Service was made available as a National Park Service Centennial initiative.

    Details about the project are available on “From the Fields of Gettysburg,” the official blog of Gettysburg National Military Park, at https://npsgnmp.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/gettysburg-details-rehabbing-cemetery-ridge/.

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