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  1. July 28, 2014
    Ford Family Day at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, August 9, 2014

    Ford Family Day
    Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
    Saturday, August 9, 2014

    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 and Visitor Center Saturday, August 9, in collaboration with the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park. An activity-filled day for adults and children alike, Cyclorama, Film & 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 & 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.

    History Time
    9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. 
    Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center at the Visitor Center
    Be swept back in time as a living historian presents a reading of a popular Civil War theme children’s book.

    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
    10:00 a.m. Tom Jolin
    11:00 a.m. Susquehanna Travellers
    12:00 p.m. Jeff Trace
    1:00 p.m. Tom Jolin
    2:00 p.m. Erin Ernst
    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. - 2:00 p.m.
    Ranger Site 3 (Outdoors)
    Enjoy a free scoop of locally-made Mr. G’s ice cream. A specially priced picnic lunch will also 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 and 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


  2. July 28, 2014
    John Scott Adams Seminar, September 20 and September 27, 2014

    The Gettysburg Foundation announces the John Scott Adams Seminar to be offered September 20 with a repeat program on September 27, 2014, featuring Licensed Battlefield Guide Maureen Quinn as she discusses Forward the Colors: The Flag and Flag Bearers 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.

    Quinn describes the seminar:  “The Color Bearers – the men who carried the flags in battle – were among the highest casualties in the Civil War. In just a few minutes during a battle, not just one, two, or three flag-bearers might fall. Instead, a unit might lose five, six, seven, eight – or more – in that short period of time, a grim accounting that would occur on each day of the Battle. The all-important flag signaled a unit’s movement on the battlefield – but it was also the emotional touchstone to home; to the home where a mother, or a sister, or a sweetheart lovingly stitched the banner. It was to be protected at all costs. And frequently, it was. The actions of the color companies to protect their colors were often heroic, usually deadly, and produced some of the most dramatic stories of the Battle. During this presentation, we’ll spend a little time looking at the origins of the battle flag and the various types of flags used by an army but we’ll dedicate the greater part of the presentation to looking at the men -- and the flags they carried -- and hearing their stories. In the afternoon, we’ll tour parts of the battlefield so that we can stand where the flag-bearers stood in battle. And where they once charged across the field, we’ll walk in their footsteps so that we can, as one veteran put it - tread this consecrated ground with reverent step.”

    Registration deadline is September 5, 2014. Open to Friends of Gettysburg members and non-members, the cost is $70 members and $95 non-members.  Optional boxes lunches are available for pre-order at $12 each.

    For more information, or to register for this event, please visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org or contact Ann Swade at 717-339-2148 or aswade@gettysburgfoundation.org.   On-line registration is available by clicking on the following link: http://www.friendsofgettysburg.org/EventsCalendar/AdamsSeminarSeptember202014.aspx

  3. July 2, 2014
    Gettysburg Foundation Friends Honored by National Park Service

    The National Park Service (NPS) has awarded a 2014 Director’s Partnership Award to the Gettysburg Foundation, an organization whose philanthropy, stewardship and active Friends group impacts thousands of Gettysburg visitors every day.

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