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  1. April 1, 2015
    New Exhibit Spotlight Debuts Never Before Seen Artifacts


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

    New Exhibit Spotlight at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center Debuts Never Before Seen Artifacts

    Gettysburg, PA – The Gettysburg Foundation is excited to announce a new museum gallery, entitled, Exhibit Spotlight. This temporary exhibit space will connect soldiers, civilians and generals from the Battle of Gettysburg with artifacts and the Gettysburg battlefield. Visitors will 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 first exhibit feature, which runs from March 27 - September 2015, is entitled, A Faithful and Efficient General: The Military Service of General Albion Howe.

    The exhibit, which is made possible through the generosity of private collectors, will feature several never before seen artifacts from General Howe’s career including his presentation sword, two of his ivory silk handkerchiefs, a framed photograph of the military tribunal who tried the Lincoln Conspirators, a letter to General Howe from the Assistant Adjutant General’s Office, 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 A Faithful and Efficient General: The military service of General Albion Howe exhibit. It is the first time that these historic items are available to the public and the only instance where the items are unified from private collections. It is an honor to feature them in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, especially during the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s Assassination.”

    General Albion Howe and his VI Corps division served a supporting role in the Battle of Gettysburg. He is also known for his role as a member of the military commission that tried the Lincoln conspirators and for serving in the honor guard that watched over President Lincoln’s body after he was assassinated.

    "It's inspiring for Gettysburg's visitors to see new and creative exhibits like this one on the faithfulness and military efficiency of General Albion Howe," said Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Ed W. Clark. “These stories from America’s past can help guide each of us in today’s world.”

    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 plans to announce the fall Exhibit Spotlight theme in the coming weeks.

    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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