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  1. August 21, 2014
    Harold Holzer Presentation and Book Signing, November 15, 2014

    Harold Holzer, author, co-author, or editor of more than 40 books, will autograph copies of his newest book: Lincoln and the Power of the Press:  the War for Public Opinion (Simon & Schuster, 2014), from 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.

    Following the book signing, at 4:00 p.m., Holzer will speak on “Lincoln and the Press; at Gettysburg and Beyond.”

    Both events are open to the general public and books will be available at the Museum and Visitor Center bookstore. The lecture is free of charge and seating is limited on a first-come, first-served ticketed basis.  Free tickets for the lecture are now available by calling 877- 874-2478.

    For more information, please call 877-874-2478 or 717-338-1243.

  2. August 20, 2014
    Enjoy a Musical Experience at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, October 23, 2014

    Join the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park for a musical experience Thursday, October 23, 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., with the Muskingum University Wind Ensemble, performing selections such as Liberty Bell March, Songs from the Heartland and others.  Location for this performance is the lawn next to Lincoln Plaza/front entrance to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    For more information, contact the Gettysburg Foundation at 717-338-1243.

  3. August 19, 2014
    John Scott Adams Seminar, October 25 or November 1, 2014

    Yes, We Fought There as Well:” The Other Maine Units at Gettysburg

    Gettysburg Foundation announces the John Scott Adams Seminar to be offered October 25 with a repeat program on November 1, featuring Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee as he discusses the “other” Maine units 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.

    Suplee describes this seminar, “Almost everyone knows of the famous 20th Maine and their stand on July 2nd on Little Round Top, but Maine brought fourteen other units with almost 3,700 men to the battle; and Maine units were key to the battle on each of the three days. We will examine a number of these “other” units and visit the ground where they fought. Included will be the 16th ME on Oak Hill July 1st; the 17th ME in the Wheatfield, the 4th ME in Devil’s Den, Co. D 2nd US Sharpshooters at the Slyder Farm, and the 3rd ME in Pitzer’s Woods and in the Peach Orchard, all on July 2nd; and the 19th Maine defending the wall at Pickett’s Charge on July 3rd. A few of these units took casualty percentages well in excess of what the 20th I endured. Join us as we learn how these “other” Maine units contributed mightily to the ultimate success of the Union Army at Gettysburg.”  The walk will be easy across about one mile of relatively flat ground.

    Registration deadline is October 14, 2014.  Open to Friends of Gettysburg and non-members, the cost is $70 for members and $95 for non-members.  Optional boxed lunches are available for $12.

    To register for this event, or for more information, please contact Ann Swade at 717-339-2148, aswade@gettysburgfoundation.org.  On-line registration is available by clicking on the following links, respectively:  http://www.friendsofgettysburg.org/EventsCalendar/AdamsSeminarOctober252014.aspx or http://www.friendsofgettysburg.org/EventsCalendar/AdamsSeminarNovember12014.aspx

    Become a Member!  The Friends of Gettysburg is the membership component of the Gettysburg Foundation, the non-profit partner working with the National Park Service to enhance the preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg.  Benefits of membership are:  free admission to the Cyclorama, Film and Museum experience at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and the David Wills House, 10% discount on merchandise with the Friends of Gettysburg and the Museum Bookstore, discounts on public programs, invitations to member-only events and many more.
    Membership levels range from individual ($32) to Gettysburg Society ($5,000).  For more information, please contact Marie Kuykendall, mariek@gettysburgfoundation.org, 717-339-2159, or visit www.friendsofgettysburg.org


     

  4. August 19, 2014
    Fall Muster, October 17-18, 2014

    Join the Friends of Gettysburg members for the 23rd annual Fall Muster. The Fall Muster includes battlefield tours, lectures, Friends of Gettysburg merchandise, a banquet lunch, and the latest news about the Gettysburg Foundation. The two-day event of tours and programs will be held at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. Pennsylvania 17325. Musters include Friends of Gettysburg merchandise and serve as semi-annual meetings for Friends members. On Friday night of the Muster weekend, a special program welcomes Gettysburg National Military Park Chief of Museum Services Greg Goodell presenting “A Museum for All.” Then, on Saturday, selective battlefield tours are held, one three-hour tour in the morning and one three-hour tour in the afternoon, with lunch included between tours. We hope you enjoy these special tours with our fantastic Licensed Battlefield Guides!

    Registration Deadline is October 3, 2014.  This event is open to members and non-members.  Cost is $90 members, $115 non-members. 

    To register, please contact Ann Swade, 717-339-2148, aswade@gettysburgfoundation.org. On-line registration is available by clicking on the following link:  http://www.friendsofgettysburg.org/EventsCalendar/FallMuster2014.aspx

    For a full schedule and times of these Fall Muster activities, please visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

  5. 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
     

  6. 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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  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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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  10. May 12, 2014
    Volunteer Service Vacation - Battlefield Preservation, September 14 - 18, 2014

    Join the Friends of Gettysburg, September 14-18,  for a five-day, four-night service vacation in Gettysburg. Participants will work on battlefield projects at Gettysburg National Military Park. These projects include, but are not limited to: brush clearing, painting fences, cleaning headstones, and other maintenance tasks.

    Exclusive behind-the-scenes battlefield tours and activities will also be offered. Registration fee includes accommodations, breakfast, and lunch each day, as well as supplies and equipment for the projects. Registrants must be age twelve or older.  Meeting location and other details will be sent to all registrants at a later date.

    Registration deadline is August 14, 2014.  This event is open to members and guests.  For cost/fee information or to register for this event, please contact Ann Swade at 717-339-2148 or aswade@gettysburgfoundation.org.