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  1. June 25, 2015
    Gettysburg Foundation's Response to NPS Request RE: Confederate Flag

    On June 24, the National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis asked park superintendents to work with their partners and bookstore operators to voluntarily withdraw from sale items that solely depict a Confederate flag.

    “We strive to tell the complete story of America,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said of the agency’s reputation for telling difficult parts of our history. “All sales items in parks are evaluated based on educational value and their connection to the park. Any stand-alone depictions of Confederate flags have no place in park stores.”

    Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Ed Clark asked the Gettysburg Foundation to consider this request. This morning, the Gettysburg Foundation President Joanne Hanley requested the book store operator, Event Network, to comply with the request. Hanley said, “We are committed to our partnership with the National Park Service at Gettysburg for the preservation of resources and for outstanding educational programs.”

    Effective today, the book store at Gettysburg National Military Park’s Museum and Visitor Center will no longer sell stand-alone items that solely feature the Confederate flag, including display and wearable items. This affects 11 items out of 2600 items carried in the book store.
    The book store continues to sell a wide variety of items that feature both the U.S. and Confederate flags, as well as books, DVDs, and other educational and interpretive media where the image of the Confederate flag is depicted in its historical context.

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  2. June 15, 2015
    John Scott Adams Seminar Gettysburg: Day Two— “Oh, So Close” July 2nd— The Real High Water Mark of the Confederacy? with Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee July 25, 2015 Read More

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  3. June 10, 2015
    Ford Family Day at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center

    The Gettysburg Foundation is pleased to announce the Ford Motor Company Fund is sponsoring a day of designated FREE educational programs at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center Saturday, August 8, in collaboration with the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park. An activity-filled day for adults and children alike, Cyclorama, Film and Museum tickets and special events are free – courtesy of the Ford Motor Company Fund.

    The Ford Motor Company Fund serves to strengthen communities across the country and around the world and understands the value of preserving our heritage. The Ford Motor Company Fund Educational Center at Gettysburg provides classroom space and learning resources to share the historical impact of Gettysburg with generations to come.

    FREE programs include:

    Cyclorama, Film and Museum
    8:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
    Timed Tickets are required and available at the Ticketing Counter at the Visitor Center
    Start with our feature film “A New Birth of Freedom” narrated by Morgan Freeman, then spend time with the world-famous “Battle of Gettysburg” Cyclorama painting in the round, followed by a browse through the 12-gallery museum.

    Explore and More with a Licensed Battlefield Guide
    10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
    Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center at the Visitor Center
    A 30-minute interactive program with a Licensed Battlefield Guide focused on education and family fun.

    Family Activities Tent
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    At Visitor Center Front Entrance
    A Family Activities Tent full of special programs and hands-on history activities just for kids will be presented with a variety of history stations. Stations will include a stage where a different living history Gettysburg “personality” will be revealed each hour; drilling stations for infantry, cavalry and artillery soldiers, and other activities will be offered on this special day. Children will receive keepsakes of this event.

    Live Music
    Enjoy period music from various musical entertainers from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. outdoors. Come sing, dance and tap your toes to the lively music.
    Ranger Site 3 (Outdoors)
    A variety of musical acts will perform throughout the day highlighting musical traditions from historic to Americana.

    Ice Cream Break
    11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Ranger Site 3 (Outdoors)
    Enjoy a free scoop of locally-made Mr. G’s ice cream.

    Picnic Lunch
    A specially priced picnic lunch will be available for purchase between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on the patio outside of the Refreshment Saloon.

    Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    For more information, please call 717-338-1243 or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org
     

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  4. May 26, 2015
    Garrison Keillor to Present the Keynote Address at the 2015 Dedication Day Ceremony in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Read More

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

    NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CONTACT:
    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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