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  1. February 21, 2017
    “An Evening with the Painting” Special After-hours Exclusive Program Read More

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  2. February 14, 2017
    Brief Closures Set for Eisenhower National Historic Site Read More

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  3. February 9, 2017
    Gettysburg National Military Park is Hosting its First Virtual Reality Artist-in Residence in March

    Gettysburg, PA, - Gettysburg National Military Park, in cooperation with the non-profit National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) and the Gettysburg Foundation, announced today that Lathan Mastellar will be the first artist whose “paintbrush” is Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in Gettysburg NMP. He will be the park’s February-March, 2017, Artist in Residence as the Alembic Arts programmatic theme. He will give a free Artist Showcase Presentation at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center March 11th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm., This Gettysburg National Park Artist in Residence Lecture Series will feature the artist presentation on how Virtual and Augmented reality is a tool for both artists and the public to connect to the creation and interpretation of art. This event is free and open to the public.

    His formative experience of using Virtual and Augmented Reality has given Mr. Mastellar the contemporary viewpoint that is currently the newest emerging arts media in the forefront of the current arts trends worldwide. Though just recently finishing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, he takes pride in the fortuitous steps he has taken in using these new mediums. In his own words he expresses how one can use these new scientific and computer generated devices to further the audience experience and emotional response: “To formulate these experiences I must step into the shoes of the playwright, sculptor, sound engineer, and programmer. Virtual realities’ strength lies in its ability to embed the audience within the art as a direct experience, rather than gazing upon an artifact.”

    For the most part, Lathan paints his art in virtual reality building up layers, but not merely for decorative or beautiful effects, but more as a window into more tangible things like the historic past of Gettysburg National Military Park. “I feel like in this day and age many of us have lost a connection with true patriotism and the values that our nation originally stood and fought for.” He sees the computer art-scapes not merely as useful “subjects” but as a reflection into something greater than the RW (Real World) experience.

    Lathan will use the mid- February to Mid- March residency to create artworks inspired by the historic past of Gettysburg. He plans to capture the park as the first artist in residence to incorporate Gettysburg National Military Park in these new technologies for further exploration of what it means to forge ahead in these new communications. As Lathan states, ”While traditional art forms such as painting and sculpture can be shared with large groups of people at a time there is some distance between the experiencer and the experienced. In VR that line becomes obscured and the viewer is immersed within the art itself.”

    The Park is very excited to host the First Virtual Reality Artist this year. As the park’s superintendent, Ed Clark, explains, “Gettysburg National Military Park can offer the perfect backdrop to provide inspiration for emerging technologies in the arts. As the National Park Service strives to connect with new generations, we look forward to leading the arts and interpretation of Gettysburg into the future, while always remembering our mission of preserving history. “

    Programs like Gettysburg National Military Park’s artist in residence add value to the park experience for visitors, now and in the future, and represent the highest aspirations of the National Park Service’s goals for the next century.

    Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves, protects and interprets for this and future generations the resources associated with the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War, the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and their commemorations.

    The National Parks Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the promotion of the National Parks of the U.S. by creating dynamic opportunities for artworks that are based in our natural and historic heritage. This project is supported by the Gettysburg Foundation and other generous benefactors. NPAF National Park projects are supported entirely by donation and generous partnerships. For more information on how you can support the Gettysburg National Military Park Artist in Residence and other NPAF arts programs Nationwide visit www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org or admin@nationalparksartsfoundation.org.

    All NPAF programs are made possible through the philanthropic support of donors of all sorts ranging from corporate sponsors, small businesses, and art patrons and citizen-lovers of the parks. NPAF is always seeking new partners and donors for its wide-ranging artist-in-residence programs.

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  4. February 9, 2017
    Marine Corps Veteran Nicholas Collier is Gettysburg’s new Artist-in-Residence

    GETTYSBURG, PA — Gettysburg National Military Park’s Artists-in-Residence for January/February will be Nicholas Collier, a U.S. Military veteran who will pursue photography, sculpture and film-making during his month-long residency on the Gettysburg battlefield.

    Collier received his BFA from George Mason University, Virginia, in 2012 and his MFA from Florida State University in 2016. Collier works as an interdisciplinary artist, employing photography, social practice, and sculpture to explore the intersection of ideas revolving around place, history, and contemporary culture. His work has been shown in galleries in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Florida. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he splits his time between his studio practice, the development of his start-up Aloft Aerial Imaging, and working as a residential remodeler.

    “Art has helped me move on from things you do in war, that aren’t permissible in society,” said Collier, whose art reflects on war, combat, and military themes. His residency will allow him to take inspiration from the historic battlefield of Gettysburg and how it reflects on the battlefields and soldier life today.

    The artist is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, with a combat action ribbon for his time in Afghanistan. His unit was in Afghanistan running missions that set the frame work and would in part lead up to the actions portrayed in the movie, "Lone Survivor," with Mark Wahlburg. His unit was the first unit in the Korengal Valley prior to the Army unit portrayed in the movie, "Restrepo."

    Collier arrives on January 15, and will do a “meet the artist” event and display at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center on Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

    "Gettysburg inspires so much passion in our visitors today, and the Artists-in-Residence are providing new connections to people from all walks of life," said Ed W. Clark, superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park. "Our Artist-in-Residence programs are engaging new audiences and connecting with visitors through the power and the passion of art."

    The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF), a 501(c)3 non-profit, has expanded its Artist-in-Residence program Service at Gettysburg National Military Park to include 12 artists over 12 months. The Gettysburg Foundation supports the Gettysburg program which has become a model for artist residencies in all of the national parks. The NPAF has introduced four programmatic themes to the residencies in 2017 which will alternate:

    U.S. Military Veteran Artists: During January, July and November 2017, Gettysburg’s Artists-in-Residence will be U.S. Military Veterans, bringing a unique perspective to arts in the park.

    Alembic Arts (New Media): This programmatic theme speaks to many varied and mixed media including film image, technologies, augmented Realities, Virtual Realities and any and all combinations with these in themselves of combining classic art media with such "new media."

    Arts Revolver: Open to any and all artistic media including cross-overs or hybrids with any of the other programmatic themes.

    LiterAudiArts: NPAF’s most fascinating AiR programmatic theme focusses on many and all Linguistic, words, sounds, song and music. A few examples of this are poetry, screenplays, spoken word, environmental recordings, sound art, wall of sound experimentation.

    NPAF selects any sort of artist for national park residencies, from traditional landscape painters, photographers, to performers, installations, films/video, as well as writers, poets, sound artists, and new arts media. More information about these opportunities is available at www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org.

    For more information about Nick Collier’s “Meet the Artist” event on February 11, call 717/ 338-4469.

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  5. February 8, 2017
    Great Backyard Bird Count - February 18

    On Saturday, February 18 the public is invited to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count at the Gettysburg National Military Park’s Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. From 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., visitors can join park biologists and volunteers and learn about the birds wintering in the Gettysburg community.

    A bird viewing station will be set up inside the park Visitor Center lobby and visitors will be able to view the birds just outside the windows at feeding stations. Bring binoculars and guide books if you have them. The park will have a good number of binoculars to loan out to visitors at the event and free bird checklists.

    The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.

    Data from this event will help scientists gain a better understanding of the distribution and abundance of birds. Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.

    The Gettysburg event is co-sponsored by the South Mountain Audubon Society, Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation. More information is available online at the Audubon Society website.

  6. January 26, 2017
    Sacred Trust Talks Event Announcement

    Gettysburg, PA (January 26, 2017) — Gettysburg Foundation, after much consideration and deliberation, has decided not to hold the Sacred Trust Talks event in 2017. Over the July 1 -3 battle anniversary period, Gettysburg National Military Park provides extensive programming on the battlefield as well as at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Gettysburg Foundation encourages visitors to take part in National Park Service programming as well as Gettysburg Foundation offerings at the Rupp House History Center and the George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Site.

    The Foundation takes great pride in the history of success of the Sacred Trust Talks and Book Signing event and looks forward to plans underway, in collaboration with the national parks at Gettysburg, to offer new events for visitors and members.

    Once finalized, battle anniversary programs and events will be posted on www.nps.gov/gett and www.gettysburgfoundation.org
     

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  7. January 4, 2017
    Adams County Community Appreciation Day - February 20, 2017, Presidents’ Day

    Adams County Community Appreciation Day
    Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
    February 20, 2017, Presidents’ Day

    Gettysburg, PA (February 6, 2017) —The Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park invite Adams County residents to a Community Appreciation Day on February 20, 2017. On four designated Community Appreciation Days a year, Adams County residents enjoy free admission to the Cyclorama, Film and Museum Experience at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Local visitors should be prepared to show proof of Adams County residence, such as a driver’s license, to obtain tickets. Due to the popularity of previous community events, Adams County residents are encouraged to arrive early. Tickets at the Museum and Visitor Center 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.)

    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: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (the last show will begin at 4:00 p.m.) The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg.

    Throughout the day on February 18 and 19 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. there will be a display and brief talks about Civil War flags of the infantry, cavalry and artillery units and the flags designating corps, division and brigade commanders. This free display is presented by the Civil War Dance Foundation and sponsored by Gettysburg Foundation.

    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.

    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.

    For information about the Foundation, about visiting Gettysburg, or how you can become a part of the history of Gettysburg through your contribution, visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 877-874-2478 or the administrative offices at 717-338-1243.
     

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  8. November 30, 2016
    Gettysburg Foundation Names New President

    Gettysburg Foundation Names New President

    Matthew C. Moen Selected to Lead National Preservation Organization

    Gettysburg, PA (November 30, 2016)—Gettysburg Foundation announced today the selection of Matthew C. Moen as president of the Gettysburg-based organization whose preservation mission includes the funding and operation of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center; land, monument and artifact preservation; battlefield rehabilitation; and, a major focus on leadership and civic education. Dr. Moen currently serves as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Lohre Distinguished Professor at the University of South Dakota (USD) in Vermillion, South Dakota. He begins his new position in March 2017.

    As dean of the largest college at USD, Moen leads sixteen academic departments, exercises financial oversight of a multi-million dollar budget, and has helped raise more than $21 million in the current university capital campaign. Before joining USD as dean in 2002, he spent 16 years at the University of Maine, where he rose through the ranks to serve as professor/chair of political science, special assistant to the president and University of Maine System Trustee Professor.

    Past leadership positions include chair of the Professional Ethics Committee of the American Political Science Association, president of the New England Political Science Association, and president of the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences, the leading national arts and sciences dean's organization. He speaks nationally on both liberal arts education and fundraising. In 2011, Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed him to the board of directors of the South Dakota Humanities Council, where he served for five years, including chair of the board.

    “Dr. Moen’s commitment to education, notable leadership roles and significant fundraising successes are a perfect combination for leading our organization,” said Robert A. Kinsley, Chair of Gettysburg Foundation’s Board of Directors. He continued, “Gettysburg is unequaled in its capacity to teach and inspire generations, and Gettysburg Foundation has both the opportunity and the responsibility to inspire generations to share that capacity, today and well into the future. Through our partnership with the National Park Service in support of the national parks at Gettysburg, we made substantial advancements in projects and programs related to education, preservation and acquisition. Dr. Moen’s professional history and experience will be a great asset for the Foundation as we continue our mission.”

    “I’m so pleased to join the Gettysburg community and to have the opportunity to advance the important work of the Gettysburg Foundation,” Moen said. “The battlefield represents the most intensive military conflict in the history of the North American continent, followed by President Lincoln’s marvelous words of healing and inspiration in the Gettysburg Address. In that same spirit, we will continue to honor the legacy of sacrifice, while also educating our citizens about the importance of political civility at this time in our nation’s history.”

    Dr. Moen received his B.A. from Augustana College and Ph.D. through the Department of Political Science and the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma. He is author/co-author of six books and dozens of articles on American politics.

    About Gettysburg Foundation

    Gettysburg Foundation is the 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. In addition, Gettysburg 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 information about Gettysburg Foundation, about visiting Gettysburg, or how you can become a part of the history of Gettysburg through your contribution, visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org.

    CONTACT: Cindy Small, Chief Marketing Officer, Gettysburg Foundation 717-339-2109; csmall@gettysburgfoundation.org

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  9. November 28, 2016
    Gettysburg Foundation Recruit Members Plan To Raise $7,500 on #GivingTuesday to Rehabilitate Historic Orchard

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    Gettysburg Foundation Recruit Members Plan To Raise $7,500 on #GivingTuesday to Rehabilitate Historic Orchard

    Gettysburg, PA (November 28, 2016) – The Gettysburg Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, “a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.”

    As part of this movement, Gettysburg Foundation Recruit members (Members aged 18-30) are Seeding the Future to Preserve the Past by raising money to restore the historic fruit orchard at the George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Site.

    During the Battle of Gettysburg, George Spangler watched his property go from a thriving family farm to a harrowing Union field hospital. The same fields he watched his children run through just days before were now strewn with wounded soldiers going through traumatic 19th century medical procedures.

    In honor of all who were treated and died at the farm, the Gettysburg Foundation is restoring an apple orchard to the property.

    This #GivingTuesday the Foundation’s Recruits will raise funds to plant the trees, re-build historic fence lines, and purchase supplies to restore this fruitful part of history.

    The trees will eventually become a part of the Foundation’s Recruit members Seedling to Cider project, which partners with the National Park Service and Good Intent Cider to preserve and maintain the battlefield orchards and uses fruit grown on the trees to make hard cider.

    The Recruits have some exciting events on tap for #Giving Tuesday.

    Through Facebook, you can watch Recruits present Gettysburg National Military Park with a check from the proceeds of the 2015-2016 cider sales.

    They will also feature an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Site. Led by Christopher Gwinn, Chief of Interpretation & Education at Gettysburg National Military Park, the tour will educate individuals about the Farm’s historic significance as both a Civil War Field Hospital and 19th century civilian farm life. The tour will be broadcasted live on Facebook.

    Occurring this year on November 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

    “#GivingTuesday reminds us of the great impact we have when we work together on projects,” says Beth Kirby Gettysburg Foundation Chief of Membership and Leadership, “this global day of giving allows us to think outside the box, engage new audiences, and be reminded what the holiday season truly represents.”

    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.
     

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  10. November 8, 2016
    Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center’s Winter Visiting Hours Read More

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  11. November 7, 2016
    Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Wins Statewide Award from Pennsylvania Meetings + Events Magazine

    Gettysburg, PA (11-7-16) – Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center was voted the top venue in the state as “Best Historic or Cultural Venue” by the readers of Pennsylvania Meetings + Events, a trade publication targeting meeting, conference and event planners.

    The award was presented as part of Pennsylvania Meetings + Events’ annual “Best of Pennsylvania” ceremony October 6 in Philadelphia. Other finalists included the Phoenixville Foundry and the Liberty View at Independence Visitor Center.

    "We are proud of this accomplishment," said Barbara Sardella, Interim President of the Gettysburg Foundation, the organization that owns and operates the Museum and Visitor Center. We have an energetic team that offers exceptional customer service and views every occasion a unique one. This award is evidence of the dedication and hard work of our staff, the multitude of customized options we offer, and the beautiful public and private meeting spaces amidst our rare, historic surroundings."

    Nearly every type of meeting or event at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center can feature an historic aspect for a special occasion, dinner, cocktail hour. Examples are corporate meetings, weddings, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, educational seminars, courses on historic/military leadership, retirement parties, business social networking receptions, training sessions, historic lectures, author book signings, and more.

    Sardella added, “Event planners and attendees alike love to meet in this venue and its historical setting because it carries appeal to those who are interested in some aspect of history.” The event planning team offers speakers on topics of history, people in Civil War period dress such as Robert E. Lee and Abraham Lincoln, a private viewing of the rare Cyclorama painting of Pickett’s Charge, a private viewing of special film, “A New Birth of Freedom” narrated by Morgan Freeman; or a private viewing of the 12-gallery Museum of the American Civil War. The Refreshment Saloon is an elegant, charming dining area with a beautiful stone, working fireplace and wall-length window looking out to beautiful wooded scenery.

    There is ample space for events and meetings, in-house catering services for buffets, sit-down dinners and cocktail affairs, free parking and motorcoach access and a dedicated events staff ready to help make events a moment in history for all guests.

    For more information or to request a quote, contact our facility events and rentals manager, email Debbie Joyner at djoyner@gettysburgfoundation.org or telephone 717-338-1243, ext. 2108.

    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. 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.

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  12. November 4, 2016
    Gettysburg Foundation Announces Three New Board Members

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    Gettysburg Foundation Announces Three New Board Members

    Gettysburg, PA (November 4, 2016)—The Gettysburg Foundation announces the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors.

    Joining the Board of Directors are William E. Aldrich, Jon C. Sirlin and A.J. Kazimi. “All three of our newest Board members bring talent, expertise and energy to the Board of Directors. We are very fortunate to have them join our Board as we continue to strengthen our partnership with the National Park Service and our commitment to our mission, to the community and to the memory of those who fought and died in the Battle of Gettysburg,” states Robert A. Kinsley, Chairman of the Board.

    Prior to his retirement, William E. Aldrich was the Director of Research and Chief Operating Officer for a Fortune 500 textile company and has been a member of the Board of Directors of several major railroads, including: New Haven, Conrail, and Norfolk Southern. He is a Senior Fellow at Mellon Institute; his work has been included in several publications, and holds twelve patents. In 1963, Dr. Aldrich was commissioned as a Captain in the US Army Special Services. By 1979, he had risen to the rank of Major General. Dr. Aldrich compiled extensive research on the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station, not only as it pertains to President Lincoln’s visit, but also how it was used prior, during, and after the Battle of Gettysburg. He made significant contributions to the interpretation of the site. He has been a member of the Friends of Gettysburg for more than ten years and is a current member of the Gettysburg Foundation’s Guardian Society.

    Jon C. Sirlin is the Managing Partner of Sirlin, Lesser, & Benson, P.C. Prior to creating Sirlin, Lesser, & Benson in 1981, he was General Partner at Wasserstrom, Chucas, Sirlin, & Bloom, as well as Fell, Spalding, Goff, & Rubin. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Independence National Park, Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery (Chairman), Abraham Lincoln Foundation at the Union League of Philadelphia (Development Committee Chair and Chair of Founders Circle) and Walnut Street Theatre. Mr. Sirlin is passionate about Civil War history, is an avid re-enactor, and keeps his horse boarded in Chambersburg for events at Gettysburg and elsewhere. While re-enacting, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Volunteers and serves as Chief of Staff to General Tony Daniels. He is a member of the Union League of Philadelphia and of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U.S. Mr. Sirlin is also an avid collector of art, antique French furniture and clocks.

    A.J. Kazimi has nearly thirty years of experience in the international biopharmaceutical industry. He founded and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical firm headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee since the Company’s inception. Prior to forming Cumberland, Mr. Kazimi served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Therapeutic Antibodies Inc., an international biopharmaceutical company. During his eleven years with the company, he oversaw operations in three countries and played a key role in the company's product development programs, licensing agreements and an IPO on the London stock exchange. Mr. Kazimi also currently serves as Chairman of Cumberland Emerging Technologies (CET), a biomedical incubator and joint initiative among Cumberland, Vanderbilt University, and the state of Tennessee.

    About 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. 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.
     

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  13. October 31, 2016
    Winter Hours at the Eisenhower Site

    Winter Hours at the Eisenhower Site – Visitors in January and February May Ddrive Directly to the Site

    The National Park Service has announced winter hours for Eisenhower National Historic Site, beginning December 5 and extending to March 2, 2017.

    From December 5 to December 22, house tours will be daily, serving the shuttle buses at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  On December 10, the public is invited to a holiday open house, with access by shuttle buses hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  From December 23 to December 31, house tours will be daily, serving the shuttle buses at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.  From January 2 to March 2, the public may drive to site. From Friday through Monday, house tours will be offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The grounds will be available daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for self-guided tours. 

    Throughout January and February, visitors may drive their personal vehicles to the site. At all other times of the year, access is by shuttle bus only from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. 

    The site will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. 

    Eisenhower National Historic Site preserves and interprets the home and the farm as a fitting and enduring tribute to the life, work, and times of General Dwight David Eisenhower and to the events of far reaching importance which occurred on the property.  For more information about the Eisenhower National Historic Site go to: www.nps.gov/eise or www.facebook.com/EisenhowerNPS.  Or call 717-338-9114.

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  14. September 13, 2016
    Gettysburg Foundation Announces Interim President

    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 bsardella@gettysburgfoundation.org.”

    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
    717-339-2109; csmall@gettysburgfoundation.org

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

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    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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  16. May 4, 2016
    Civil War Museum of Philadelphia Announces Historic Agreement to Showcase World Class Collection at Gettysburg and NCC

    For Additional Information:
    Suzanne M. Tavani
    For the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia
    Suzanne.tavani@verizon.net
    215-901-8132

    Cindy Small
    Gettysburg Foundation
    csmall@gettysburgfoundation.com
    717-339-2109

    CIVIL WAR MUSEUM OF PHILADELPHIA ANNOUNCES HISTORIC AGREEMENT TO SHOWCASE WORLD CLASS COLLECTION

    Agreement with the Gettysburg Foundation and the National Constitution Center Will Provide Future Generations With Access To World Class Collection

    PHILADELPHIA – May 4, 2016 – The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia Board of Governors and the Gettysburg Foundation today announced an historic partnership to ensure that the largest collection of Civil War artifacts, not under government stewardship, will be cared for at the highest possible standards, will be maintained in perpetuity, and will be exhibited in venues where millions of visitors will have expanded access to it.

    The Gettysburg Foundation, the Gettysburg National Military Park, and the Civil War Museum have worked together to care for the artifacts since 2010. In seeking a strategy to protect the collection for the long-term, the Museum Board recognized that Gettysburg was the ideal partner for CWMP in its efforts to preserve this historic collection.

    “There is no more iconic and authentic place for learning about the Civil War,” said Oliver St. Clair Franklin, chair of the Museum Board. “Millions of people visit each year from across the country and across the world. The staff at Gettysburg knows better than anyone else how to care for and preserve these artifacts.&rdquo

    Since 2010, the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park have not only cared for the collection, but has also exhibited artifacts in the galleries of the Museum and Visitors Center and in special exhibits, such as the one commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, “Treasures of the Civil War”.

    “The Civil War Museum collection complements our own holdings in important ways,” said Robert A. Kinsley, chairman of the board, the Gettysburg Foundation. “These artifacts are intimately connected to specific individuals and their roles in the war. These objects, used by those whose service shaped this conflict, will enhance our ability to connect visitors to the story of the Civil War on a personal and emotional, as well as an intellectual level. All the artifacts in the collection are significant to the history of our nation. In particular, the General George Meade Collection evokes stories and imagery of his leadership at Gettysburg during the battle that changed the course of history. When you see the American flag that was flown over Meade’s headquarters at Gettysburg, or see the bullet hole in his campaign hat, you can feel the passion, the courage and the conviction of the men who bravely fought to preserve our nation.”

    Ed Clark, Superintendent of the Gettysburg National Military Park, added, “These amazing objects will enable us to better tell the story of the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War. They will inspire our visitors now and for generations to come.”

    The Board of the Civil War Museum approached Gettysburg after it evaluated its prospects for building a new museum for the collection in Philadelphia and it became clear that it would be both a challenge to build it and an even bigger challenge to sustain it over time. “As stewards of this world class collection, the Board of the Civil War Museum felt a strong ethical and historical responsibility to developing a partnerships that would both protect this collection and ensure that it is accessible to the public and researchers in both Gettysburg and Philadelphia into the future, said Franklin”

    The National Constitution Center will play an important role in this partnership, as well. While the Civil War Museum will transfer ownership of the artifact collection to the Gettysburg Foundation, Gettysburg has agreed to loan the National Constitution Center artifacts from the collection. If funding is secured, the Center will create the first permanent exhibit in America dedicated to the constitutional legacy of the Civil War and the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. This will keep a significant part of the collection in Philadelphia, expand the number of people who can will see it, and enhance the National Constitution Center’s role as America’s only museum of the U.S. Constitution.

    “We are thrilled about the possibility that the National Constitution Center will create America’s first and only exhibit about the constitutional legacy of the Civil War,” said Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO of the National Constitution Center. “The creation of a Civil War exhibit would help us tell the story of how Thomas Jefferson’s promise in the Declaration of Independence, that all men are created equal, wasn’t vindicated until Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the passage of the Reconstruction Amendments.”

    The agreement does not include the archives and books of the Civil War Museum. This important two-dimensional material, which will remain the property of the Museum is subject to a separate long-term stewardship agreement, is housed at the Heritage Center of the Union League of Philadelphia where researchers and others can access it.

    About the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia

    The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, the oldest Civil War museum in the country, was chartered in 1888 by the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States as the War Library and Museum. The museum’s artifact collection is one of the most historically significant and largest in the country outside of government hands with more than 3,000 items.

    About the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park

    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 preserves, protects, and interprets for this and future generations the resources associated with the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War, the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and their commemorations. The Eisenhower National Historic Site preserves and interprets the home and farms of the Eisenhower family as a fitting and enduring memorial to the life, work, and times of General Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States, and to the events of far-reaching importance that occurred on the property. www.nps.gov/eise

    About the National Constitution Center

    The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia inspires active citizenship as the only place where people across America and around the world can come together to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. A private, nonprofit organization, the Center serves as America’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling its Congressional charter “to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a non-partisan basis.”

    As the Museum of We the People, the Center brings the Constitution to life for visitors of all ages through interactive programs and exhibits. As America’s Town Hall, the Center brings the leading conservative and liberal thought leaders together to debate the Constitution on all media platforms. As a center for Civic Education, the Center delivers the best educational programs and online resources that inspire, excite, and engage citizens about the U.S. Constitution. For more information, call 215-409-6700 or visit www.constitutioncenter.org

    History of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia

    The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, the oldest Civil War museum in the country, was chartered in 1888, but its collection was begun in 1865 by the members of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (M.O.L.L.U.S./Loyal Legion). When the body of President Lincoln lay in state in Independence Hall in April 1865, it was a group of Philadelphia’s veteran Federal Army and Navy officers who served as the honor guard. Afterward, these men decided to establish an organization, M.O.L.L.U.S., to commemorate the sacrifices and the meaning the war.

    The collection was begun soon after the end of the War when MOLLUS members began to donate important personal belongings and other items to preserve them and to create a place where the story of the war could be told. In the 1880’s, the era of commemorations began in earnest with the building of memorials and the work to preserve battlefield’s like Gettysburg. M.O.L.L.U.S. provided leadership for these efforts, as well, with Col. John Nicholson, a M.O.L.L.U.S. founder, the chair of the Gettysburg commission. In 1888, in recognition of the scale and significance of the collection, M.O.L.L.U.S. chartered the museum and library as a separate organization, the War Library and Museum.

    The Museum had a series of temporary homes and, from 1922 until its closing in 2008, was housed in a townhouse at 18th and Pine Streets. It closed in anticipation of moving to a new museum facility. With the assistance of the experts at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia, a plan was created for the preparation, preservation and move of the collection to Gettysburg. The William Penn Foundation and the Exelon Foundation provided major funding to support the implementation of the plan. The Museum also received a prestigious “Save America’s Treasures” grant, a collaborative program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, designed to support conservation of the most important collections in the country. This allowed conservation work to be done to major components of the collection.

    The artifact collection of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia’s (CWMP) is one of the most historically significant and largest in the country outside of government hands with more than 3000 items. The museum was chartered as the War Library and Museum in 1888 by its founders, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (M.O.L.L.U.S. or the Loyal Legion)

    Harold Holzer, a noted Civil War historian and Co-Chair of the United States Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, pointed out the collection’s singular importance:

     “The Civil War Museum's collection is unique in that it is the product of the personal records, possessions and memories of the Union officers who founded the institution in the 19th century.  It is rare to have such important documents, artifacts, and cultural materials from so many individuals together in a single collection that tells the complex story of an era, especially one as important to our history as the Civil War.  This is truly an American treasure that needs and deserves the investment of funds and expertise to preserve it.”

    Notable items in the collection

    Civil War leaders such as Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock, Gen. William Sherman, and Gen. George Gordon Meade are represented in the collection.

    • Tiffany sword presented to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant by his officers to commemorate the victory at Vicksburg and the gold and ivory pen used by Abraham Lincoln to sign the Lieutenant General's commission of Ulysses S. Grant.
    • Fragments of the flag raised by Abraham Lincoln at Independence Hall, Feb. 22, 1861.
    • Smoking jacket captured from Confederate President Jefferson Davis’s luggage as he fled Richmond
    • Pike from the supply that John Brown brought to Harpers Ferry
    • Sash and sword belt of Gen. John Reynolds killed on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg after stopping the Confederate advance
    • Uniform frock coat and officer's slouch hat with bullet hole worn by Major General George G. Meade at the Battle of Gettysburg.
    • Brass and wood baton presented to Gen. William T. Sherman by President Andrew Johnson and carried during the Grand Review in Washington, D.C., in 1865.
    • Original wanted poster for Booth and his accomplices. Images of Surrat, Booth, and Harold at top.

    Other Items

    • Firearms, edged weapons, and ammunition
    • Uniforms, field equipment and utensils
    • Recruiting posters and broadsides
    • Badges and insignia
    • Escutcheons (military coats of arms)
    • Surgical tools and medicines
    • Band instruments
    • “Souvenirs” from battlefields, hospitals and prisoner of war camps which provide a powerful connection to the fighting men who owned them and to their service.

    Flags

    Frederick P. Todd, in his foundational work entitled American Military Equipage, rated the Museum’s collection of flags as one of the top three repositories of flags of importance in the United States, second only to the collections at the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Chicago Historical Society.

    • Gen. George Custer’s personal battle flag, from the battle at Gettysburg
    • Fragments of the U.S. flag raised at Independence Hall by the newly elected  President Abraham Lincoln, whose speech on that day declared that he’d rather be assassinated than surrender the Union to the forces trying to pull it apart
    • A remnant of the Confederate flag captured at Darien, Georgia in one of the war's first engagements by an armed Federal African-American unit
    • The flags of the famed Confederate gunboat and blockade runner, the CSS Florida, captured by the future Adm. George Melville in Bahia Brazil
    • Various battle and regimental flags

    Paintings

    • David Bustill Bowser’s moving portrait of Lincoln, part of a series of four portraits of the President painted by this distinguished African American artist trained in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
    • Thomas Hicks full-length portrait of Gen. George Gordon Meade, with its background the battlefield at Gettysburg and Meade wearing the frock coat that is in the collection
    • William Spang’s evocative painting, “The Armed Slave”, whose iconography demonstrates the message of change for enslaved Africans through the musket propped behind the subject’s chair and the book he holds providing evidence that he has the right and the leisure time to develop literacy.

    Items from the Confederacy

    The Confederacy is represented in the collection by “spoils of war”:

    • Scarf of Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby of the famous 'Mosby's Rangers.' He harassed both Grant's and Sherman's forces, as well as the Union Army at Gettysburg. Late in 1864, in desperate flight from the 2nd Massachusetts cavalry, in northern Virginia, the scarf blew off and landed on a roadside bush. Captain John M. Locke, in hot pursuit and at full speed, drew his saber and 'hooked it' with the blade as he passed by."
    • A remnant of the Confederate flag captured at Darien, Georgia
    • Flags of the captured CSS Florida
    • Smoking jacket captured in the luggage of Confederate president, Jefferson Davis, during his attempt to escape Union troops as they entered Richmond and described in mocking editorial cartoons of the day as his wife’s bathrobe, allegedly worn in an effort to evade capture.

    Two-Dimensional Collection

    The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia will retain a significant two-dimensional collection that it has placed at the Heritage Center at the Union League under a long-term stewardship agreement.

    The collection includes rare books and nearly 100 linear feet of photographs, maps, letters, diaries, muster rolls, scrapbooks, and other archival materials. These include:

    • The Muster Roll of Company G, 2nd  Regiment of Berdan's United States Sharp Shooters, a regiment renowned among military historians for the skill of its marksmen
    • A hand-drawn map of the Battle of Oysters Point, which is the only known representation of the disposition of troops at one of the pivotal engagements of the Gettysburg campaign
    • Illustrated letters by Union soldier Carlton Birch, with his hand-drawn images of his war experiences
    • Four hand-written orders to and from Gen. Joseph Hooker during the Battle of Chancellorsville
    • Scrapbooks of Captain Francis A. Donaldson, a Philadelphia native who became a Captain in the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry.  A prolific writer with a keen eye and acid pen, Donaldson wrote some of the most honest and perceptive letters about the war experience.  Writing to his family in Philadelphia, and to his brother who fought for the Confederacy, Donaldson is a rare open window to the personalities and politics of a regiment in the field.  These letters, as well as newspaper clippings, photographs, and post-war ephemera were preserved by Donaldson in his scrapbooks. 
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