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  1. June 18, 2014
    Victorian "High Tea" at Gettysburg-Lincoln Train Station, September 13, 2014

    Please join us at the historic Lincoln Railroad Station for a truly unique afternoon.  On Saturday September 13, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., the Gettysburg Foundation will be hosting a “High Tea” on the back patio of the train station featuring local railroad historian and author Mr. Gerald Bennett.  Come listen to the effects the railroad had not only on the battle that occurred here in Gettysburg, but on the town and the civilian population as well.  

    The Gettysburg-Lincoln Train Station is located at 35 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg.

    Tickets are $29.95 per person and are available by calling the Gettysburg Foundation reservations at 877-874-2478 or visiting our website at www.gettysburgfoundation.org.

    Seating is limited.

  2. June 11, 2014
    Franklin Project Summit Welcome Remarks

    Joanne M. Hanley, Gettysburg Foundation President and Ed W. Clark, Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, give Welcome Remarks during the opening ceremony of the Franklin Project Summit in Gettysburg on June 4, 2014.

    The Franklin Project is an effort to improve citizenship by giving every young person in America the opportunity to do a service year. Sometime between the ages of 18 and 28, the young person would do a fully paid, full-time year of service in one of an array of areas from conservation to education and everything in between. These young people will do good work and solve problems. But the real product is better young Americans.

    Click here to view a video of the opening ceremony.

  3. June 3, 2014
    Soldier’s Remains Now at Gettysburg

    Gettysburg National Military Park
    Gettysburg Foundation
    PRESS RELEASE

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Katie Lawhon, Gettysburg National Military Park
    717-338-4402
    katie_lawhon@nps.gov

    Cindy L. Small, Gettysburg Foundation
    717-339-2109
    csmall@gettysburgfoundation.org

    News Release Date: June 3, 2014

    Soldier’s Remains Now at Gettysburg –After authentication, Gettysburg Foundation and National Park Service plan for a burial with honors.

    Due to an outpouring of concern from people across the nation about a planned auction of the skull of a Civil War soldier reportedly killed at Gettysburg, the soldier's remains will not be sold and have been donated to the Gettysburg Foundation.

    Late Monday, June 2, the president of the Gettysburg Foundation, Joanne Hanley, accepted the donation from auctioneer Tom Taylor of Estate Auctions of Hershey, Pa.  The sale was set to take place in Hagerstown, Maryland.  The owner of the collection wished to remain anonymous.

    The Gettysburg Foundation will work with the National Park Service to authenticate the human remains.   Once provenance of the remains has been verified, the Gettysburg Foundation will donate them to Gettysburg National Military Park for interment with full military honors in the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg.

    In response to news coverage of the planned auction, an unprecedented outcry from concerned citizens overwhelmed organizers of the auction, and included threats of a riot, according to the manager of the hotel in Hagerstown, Maryland, where the auction was going to take place.

    Late in the afternoon on June 2, the hotel manager contacted the park on behalf of the auctioneers to offer the donation of the remains to the park for a respectful burial in the National Cemetery.

    The remains are now in storage at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center pending verification of their authenticity.

    “We are thankful to have the opportunity to honor what is very likely an American veteran and have his final resting place recognized,” said Ed W. Clark, Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park.  “The outpouring of support, passion and concern from American citizens made the difference and a positive outcome was achieved.”

    "We are extremely grateful to the owners of the collection for making this decision, and to Tom Taylor, the auctioneer, for helping make it happen," said Joanne Hanley. "It truly was the right decision to return these remains to Gettysburg, providing the integrity and dignity this veteran deserves.”

    "I am very honored that we can do this with the Gettysburg Foundation and the National Park Service so that the remains are properly handled and his service will be recognized," said Tom Taylor, Estate Auctions.

    Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park System 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.

    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. Information is available at www.gettysburgfoundation.org.

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    categories: Press Releases
  4. June 2, 2014
    Evening Programs at the George Spangler Farm Civil War Hospital Site, June 6 - August 14, 2014

    The George Spangler Farm Civil War Hospital Site is one of the most intact Civil War field hospitals used during the battle of Gettysburg. During and after the battle the Spangler family’s homestead was occupied by the Union army’s Eleventh Corps who used the buildings and fields as a hospital for some 1,900 wounded Union and Confederate soldiers.

    The Gettysburg Foundation is offering several evening programs at the George Spangler Farm:

    Twilight Talks at
    The George Spangler Farm
    Thursday Evenings (June 19; July 17; August 14)
    7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Experience the Spangler Farm come to life at these special talks.
    Topics include:
    The Workings of a Civil War Hospital- June 19
    Armistead: His Life and Death- July 17
    A Nature Walk at Dusk- August 14
    Adults: $10 │ Youth 6-12: $3 │ Under 5: Free

    An Evening on the Farm
    Friday Evenings 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

    Hear the true, untold stories of the many wounded soldiers, the hardships of those who treated them and the struggles of the George Spangler family as their home was transformed into a field hospital.
    Adults: $15 │ Youth 6-12: $3 │ Under 5: Free

    Echoes of History
    at the George Spangler Farm
    Saturday Nights 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

    Venture into the night with a living historian for a candlelight program on the farm. Experience the extraordinary stories of the men and women who endured the ordeals of a Civil War field hospital.
    Adults: $20 │ Youth 6-12: $8 │ Under 5: Free

    The Spangler Farm is accessible by shuttle bus only from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg.  Tickets are required and may be purchased at the Ticketing Counter, or by calling (877) 874-248.  Tickets may also be ordered online at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/194/summer-evenings

  5. June 2, 2014
    The George Spangler Farm Civil War Hospital Site Open, June 6-August 10, 2014

    The George Spangler Farm Civil War Hospital Site is one of the most intact Civil War field hospitals used during the battle of Gettysburg. During and after the battle the Spangler family’s homestead was occupied by the Union army’s Eleventh Corps who used the buildings and fields as a hospital for some 1,900 wounded Union and Confederate soldiers.

    OPEN
    June 6 - August 10
    Fri., Sat. & Sun.
    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Tickets
    Free admission and shuttle tickets are available at the Ticketing Counter inside Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. The site is accessible by shuttle only. Tickets may only be obtained the day of your visit to the Spangler Farm.

    Program Schedule

    Visit the Farm
    An Army Field Hospital:
    The George Spangler Farm

    11 a.m. to Noon
    Join a National Park Service Ranger at the George Spangler Farm and discover the field hospital where over 1,900 soldiers wounded in the battle of Gettysburg were cared for.

    Arts and Trades of the Past
    10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
    12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    Join living historians demonstrating trades of the period and get a glimpse at civilian life at the farm.

    History Comes to Life:
    War Reaches the Homefront

    1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    View a dramatic ensemble cast of soldiers and civilians who witnessed the battle of Gettysburg and the George Spangler Farm’s transformation from home to hospital.

    Interactive History Encampments
    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Mingle with living historians in authentic camps portraying the civilian experience, civilian aide societies, Civil War field medicine and Union artillery.