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  1. September 13, 2016
    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”

    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 36 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 White Hall, MD with her husband Stephen Dengler.

    CONTACT: Cindy Small, Chief Marketing Officer, Gettysburg Foundation

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

    CONTACT: Cindy Small, Chief Marketing Officer

    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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