November 17, 2015
Dedication Day Relocating to Gettysburg College Union Ballroom Due to Inclement Weather; Live Stream on YouTube
For Immediate Release
Tina M. Grim
Dedication Day Chair, Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania
Dedication Day Relocating to Gettysburg College Union Ballroom Due to Inclement Weather;
Live Stream on YouTube
The Dedication Day Program on November 19, scheduled for the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, is relocating to the Gettysburg College Union Ballroom, 242 W. Lincoln Avenue, and will begin at 10:00 a.m. Doors open to the public at 8:30 a.m.
Garrison Keillor, author, storyteller, humorist, and radio personality, will be the featured speaker and the program will also include a naturalization of 16 new citizens by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS will live stream the ceremony starting at 10 a.m. EST on November 19 on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLxWPycYheg. The video will also be available, on-demand, later that day.
Since the campus has limited parking, Freedom Transit will be offering transportation from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Parking Lot #3 to the College Campus starting at 8:30 a.m. Local bus service is also available from many of the local hotels. Limited handicapped parking is available on W. Lincoln Avenue.
For additional information, visit the Lincoln Fellowship website www.lincolnfellowship.org.
A map of the college campus: http://www.gettysburg.edu/visiting_gettysburg/map/CampusMap_08-28-15.pdf
November 13, 2015
2015 Dedication Day Ceremony includes Garrison Keillor and the Naturalization of 16 New Citizens. Live Video of the Ceremony will be Streamed on YouTube
***11/17 UPDATE: The Dedication Day ceremony has been moved to Gettysburg College Union Ballroom due to inclement weather. More details here***
GETTYSBURG. PA – To commemorate the 152nd anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on November 19, Garrison Keillor, host and creator of A Prairie Home Companion, will present the Dedication Day keynote address during a ceremony in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park. A highlight of the 10 a.m. ceremony will be the naturalization of 16 new citizens by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Lincoln portrayer George Buss will recite the Gettysburg Address. The ceremony will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Soldiers’ National Monument.
USCIS will live stream the ceremony starting at 10 a.m. EST on November 19 on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLxWPycYheg. The video will also be available, on-demand, later that day.
Each year since 1938, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania commemorates the anniversary of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The event is co-sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg College.
This event is free and open to the general public. A limited number of seats will be available to the general public, with plenty of room for the standing, or the public may bring lawn chairs for seating.
Parking is provided at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center in Lot number 3, with free shuttle service to the cemetery, operating from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. This parking area is a ten minute walk from the cemetery.
In the event of severe weather, the program will relocate to the Gettysburg College Union Building Ballroom on West Lincoln Avenue, Gettysburg.
October 23, 2015
152nd Anniversary Commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address Special Events
Gettysburg, PA – We invite you to attend the following upcoming 152nd Anniversary November events, free and open to the public, sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.
November 11, Veterans Day and Community Appreciation Day; Military Veterans and Adams County Residents are Admitted FREE
The Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park invite Adams County residents to a Community Appreciation Day on Wednesday, November 11. Adams County residents enjoy free admission to the Cyclorama, Film and Museum Experience at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, free admission to the David Wills House and to Eisenhower National Historic site. Local visitors should be prepared to show proof of Adams County residence, such as a driver’s license, to obtain tickets. Tickets at the Museum and Visitor Center and at the David Wills House are available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Advance reservations are not available for Community Appreciation Day tickets and rain checks will not be available.)
Since this fourth and final community appreciation day of the year falls on Veterans Day, active military and military veterans will be admitted free of charge to the Film/Cyclorama/Museum; to the David Wills House and to Eisenhower National Historic Site.
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
Start with our film presentation, a New Birth of Freedom, immediately followed by a viewing of the famous Gettysburg Cyclorama. Then continue your visit by immersing yourself in our twelve-gallery museum. Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (The last show will begin at 4:15 p.m.) The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg
Eisenhower National Historic Site
Visitors can learn about the life of our country’s 34th president and 1950s-era America at Eisenhower National Historic Site, President Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower’s residence and 189-acre farm outside of Gettysburg. Access to the site is by shuttle bus only and although admission is free under the special circumstances on November 11 (military veterans and Adams County residents are admitted FREE), tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained at the GNMP Visitor Center. Buses leave the Visitor Center for the site at 10:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.; 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
David Wills House
The David Wills House tells the story of David Wills, Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address. The museum features six galleries, including two rooms that have been restored to their 1863 appearance; Wills’ office where he received letters from families seeking loved ones after the battle and began planning for the national cemetery; and the bedroom where Lincoln stayed and prepared to deliver the Gettysburg Address. On November 11, Veterans Day and Community Appreciation Day, the David Wills House is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is FREE to military veterans and Adams County residents. The David Wills House is located at 8 Lincoln Square in Gettysburg.
November 17, 7:30 p.m. Eric B. Schultz Speaks on “Food Foolish: The Hidden Connection Between Food Waste, Hunger and Climate Change.
Gettysburg Foundation Board Member Eric Schultz will present a lecture on his book, “Food Foolish,” answer questions from the audience, then sign his book, available for purchase on site. One-third or more of the food we produce each year is never eaten. “Food Foolish” details the sources and consequences of this often unintended but ultimately foolish waste of one of the world’s most precious resources. Mr. Schultz earned his B.A. in history from Brown University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He currently resides in Boxford, Massachusetts. This event is free, open to the public and takes place in the Joseph Theater in Breidenbaugh Hall at Gettysburg College.
November 18, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Evening at the David Wills House
Visit the place where President Abraham Lincoln, orator Edward Everett and numerous other dignitaries spent the evening 152 years ago on November 18, 1863, when the Wills family hosted 38 guests at their home the night before the Soldiers’ National Cemetery dedication ceremony. Tour David Wills’ office, where he oversaw the creation and dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and the room where Lincoln finished his now immortal Gettysburg Address the night before delivering “a few appropriate remarks.” The David Wills House is located at 8 Lincoln Square. Co-sponsored by Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park, this non-ticketed special event is free and open to the public.
November 18, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Evening at the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station
Visit this historic 1858 structure that served as a hospital during the battle of Gettysburg. The wounded and the dead were transported from Gettysburg through this station to other cities across the east after the battle. Abraham Lincoln arrived at the station when he visited in November, 1863 to deliver the Gettysburg Address. The Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station is located at 35 Carlisle Street in Gettysburg. This non-ticketed special event is free and open to the public.
November 19, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Dedication Day Ceremony
This Dedication Day Ceremony will observe the 152nd Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, with Keynote Speaker Garrison Keillor, host and creator of A Prairie Home Companion, a weekly radio program heard nationwide on over 600 Public Radio stations. The event takes place in the Soldiers' National Cemetery, located in Gettysburg between Baltimore Pike and Taneytown Road, and is sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and Gettysburg College. A limited number of seats will be available to the general public; please feel free to bring lawn chairs. Parking for this event is Lot#3 located at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. The Gold Line shuttle will operate continuously between Lot #3 and the Cemetery, from 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. In the event of severe inclement weather, this program will relocate to the Gettysburg College Union Building on West Lincoln Avenue. This non-ticketed event is free and open to the public.
November 20 “Evening with the Painting”. Two programs 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Join the Gettysburg Foundation’s Sue Boardman, Licensed Battlefield Guide and author/historian, on the platform for an exclusive "after-hours" program with the Gettysburg Cyclorama painting. Visitors will explore the history of the genre of cycloramas and in particular the history of the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama. Presentation will include a discussion of the massive multi-year conservation effort of our country's largest painting. The painting concludes with extended time on the platform to view the painting in full light and a journey under the diorama to see how the illusion comes to life. First program begins at 4:30 p.m. with a repeat program at 6:30 p.m. at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Tickets are $20 adults; $10 youth (ages 6-12) and can be purchased online at www.gettysburgfoundation.org/18 or call 877-874-2478.
November 21, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Remembrance Illumination
The Gettysburg Foundation presents the 13th Annual Remembrance Illumination at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, located between Baltimore Pike and Taneytown Road in Gettysburg, PA. This solemn commemoration features a luminary candle on each of the 3,512 Civil War soldier’s graves. Names of the fallen soldiers will be read throughout the evening. Enter the Cemetery through the gate at Taneytown Road or the gate at Baltimore Street. This non-ticketed event is free and open to the public.
November 21, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Rupp House History Center Special Remembrance Day Hours
The Rupp House History Center is open to the public in honor of Remembrance Day. Visitors are invited to tour the History Center, which tells the story of the John and Caroline Rupp Family and features interactive displays and hands-on exhibits, free of charge. Friends of Gettysburg members are invited to view the Remembrance Day parade, which begins at 1:00 p.m., from the Rupp House porch. Friends of Gettysburg merchandise will also be available for purchase.
November 27, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: “Christmas in the 1860s”
The Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation (CWDF), will offer exhibits and dance demonstrations in the Group Lobby at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA. Visitors will see the Ensemble perform some of the most common dances of the era as they recreate an authentic 1860s Christmas Ball and will have a chance to take part in these dances. Dance demonstrations will be held at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Exhibits will showcase photography and newspaper displays of the era along with a jewelry and fan display. In the spirit of holiday giving, the CWDF will also have “Soldiers Boxes” on hand for donations to our military. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 6658 will collect and distribute these items to give to our troops. Requested donations include items such small pillows (travel size), memory games, tube socks, sweatpants in dark colors sizes L and XL only, t-shirts in dark colors sizes L and XL only, puzzle books, puzzles, lap blankets or throws, playing cards, regular sizes of toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, shaving cream and body wash. We will collect monetary donations towards “Battle Buddies” where the donations are used in the purchase and training of dogs for veterans with special needs. The Gettysburg Foundation will give away free museum only tickets for those visitors who bring in donations and/or money needed for our deployed military. This non-ticketed event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please call 717-338-1243 or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org
October 16, 2015
New Exhibit Spotlight at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center Debuts
Cindy Small, Marketing and Communications Director, Gettysburg Foundation
New Exhibit Spotlight at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center Debuts
Brig. Gen William Barksdale Exhibit
Gettysburg, PA – The Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park are excited to announce our new Exhibit Spotlight entitled, Firmness, Endurance, and Vigor: Brigadier General William Barksdale and Dr. Alfred Hamilton at Gettysburg which opens October 16 and runs through March of 2016. The exhibit, which is made possible largely through the generosity of private collectors, features artifacts from General Barksdale and Dr. Hamilton, the Pennsylvania native who treated Barksdale before he died wounds inflicted in the battle at Gettysburg.
Prior to his military service, William Barksdale practiced law and later served in the U.S. House of Representatives. He resigned his seat in 1861 and in returning home he was appointed a general in the Mississippi state forces. In 1862 he was promoted to Brigadier General and led his brigade (the 13th, 17th, 18th, and 21st Mississippi Infantry) in notable campaigns and battles in 1862 and early 1863. At Gettysburg Barksdale and his men clashed with Union forces and sustained 747 casualties or approximately 50% of their numbers. Barksdale was struck multiple times, fell severely wounded and died before sunrise on July 3rd.
Artifacts on display in this new Exhibit Spotlight include a .58 caliber bullet removed from the wounded Barksdale, the final remaining brass button from Barksdale’s uniform jacket, Dr. Hamilton’s journal that records his treatment of Barksdale, the doctor’s personal identification tag, a dissection set he used to perform surgical work, 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 exhibit Firmness, Endurance, and Vigor: Brigadier General William Barksdale and Dr. Alfred Hamilton at Gettysburg. It is the first time that these historic items are unified in the same exhibit and it is an honor to feature them together in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center for our visitors to view.”
Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Ed W. Clark remarked, "The artifacts and objects Barksdale and Hamilton left behind are silent witnesses to the tragedy of the Civil War. It's important for Gettysburg's visitors to see these pieces that help tell the story of how two men of opposing philosophies met on the battlefield at Gettysburg, and how one lost his life – it’s one of the battle’s most enduring and poignant stories. These stories from America’s past can help guide each of us in today’s world.”
The Exhibit Spotlight gallery highlights a new theme every six months that connects soldiers, civilians and generals from the Battle of Gettysburg with artifacts and the Gettysburg battlefield. Visitors 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 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 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. For more information visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org.
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. Information is available at www.nps.gov/gett.
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.
May 28, 2015
Gettysburg Ranked as Top Historic Family Destination
TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel website, named Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the top "Historical Family Vacation Spots You Can Afford," in a recent ranking of U.S. destinations as part of TripAdvisor's Vacation Rentals blog.
TripAdvisor identified nine of America's most historically prominent vacation spots and pulled their vacation rental review scores, plus, for some destinations, the average prices and how that compares to hotels, according to the website.
"Embrace the charm and historical impact of this Pennsylvania town," the blog wrote. "Beyond the battlefield lies Adams County, a countryside filled with wineries, farms, outdoor recreational activities and beautiful terrain."
Gettysburg topped other U.S. destinations, such as Charlestown, S.C.; Philadelphia, San Antonio, Texas; Washington, DC; Boston; Williamsburg, Va.; Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Richmond, Va.
"Historical family vacations are a great way to blend education and pastime with the thrill of experiencing a new place," the blog continued. "With more alternative accommodations available today than ever before, you don't need to break the bank on a 5-star hotel in America's most charming colonial cities.
Gettysburg was also recently ranked the second most popular destination in the Northeast United States by Family Fun Magazine, and a top destination for group travel by Byways Magazine earlier this year.
May 26, 2015
Garrison Keillor to Present the Keynote Address at the 2015 Dedication Day Ceremony in Gettysburg, PennsylvaniaRead More
April 30, 2015
Gettysburg Receives NPS Centennial Funding for Cemetery Ridge
GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK
Katie Lawhon, Management Assistant
Gettysburg National Military Park/ Eisenhower National Historic Site
Cindy Small, Marketing, Communications & Visitor Services Director
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.
November 18, 2014
"An Evening with the Painting" 2015 Schedule
“An Evening with the Painting” Special After-hours Exclusive Program
Join the Gettysburg Foundation’s Sue Boardman, Licensed Battlefield Guide and author/historian, on the platform for an exclusive "after-hours" program of the Gettysburg Cyclorama painting at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA. Visitors will explore the history of the genre of cycloramas and in particular the history of the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama. Presentation will include a discussion of the massive multi-year conservation effort of our country's largest painting. The painting concludes with extended time on the platform to view the painting in full light and a journey under the diorama to see how the illusion comes to life. There will be time for a question and answer session.
This special program lasts about two hours and is limited to 50 attendees. Single adult ticket price is $20 and youth ticket (ages 6 to 12) is $10. This program begins in the Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center. Flash photography welcomed.
Dates for this program are: February 28, at 5:00 pm; March 21 at 5:00 pm; April 25 at 6:00 pm; May 22 at 6:00 pm; June 6 at 6:00 pm; July 3 at 6:00 pm; July 25 at 6:00 pm; August 15 at 6:00 pm; September 19 at 6:00 pm; October 10 at 6:00 pm; November 20 at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm; December 12 at 5:00 pm.
To order tickets, please visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org/18 or call the Reservations Department at 877-874-2478. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at the ticket counter in the lobby of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA.
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