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  1. 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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  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

    Gettysburg National Military Park
    Gettysburg Foundation

    Katie Lawhon, Gettysburg National Military Park

    Cindy L. Small, Gettysburg Foundation

    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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  5. June 2, 2014
    Evening Programs at the George Spangler Farm Civil War Hospital Site, June 6 - August 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Program Schedule

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

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

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

    History Comes to Life:
    War Reaches the Homefront

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

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


  7. May 21, 2014
    Gettysburg National Military Park Announces Summer Ranger Programs, June 7- August 10

    From June 7 through August 10, Gettysburg National Military Park will offer a variety of free guided ranger programs that explore the Battle of Gettysburg, care of the wounded, the Soldiers' National Cemetery, President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the monuments of Gettysburg and much more. 

    These programs, free and open to the public, take place on the battlefield, in the Soldiers' National Cemetery and at the Museum and Visitor Center, and last 20 minutes to three hours, depending on the program.

    New this summer is the program "Lives Lost and Saved at the George Spangler Farm." This farm served as the Union Army's 11th Corps field hospital with more than 1,900 Union and Confederate wounded. Park Ranger programs tell stories of the wounded soldiers and the doctors and nurses who struggled to keep them alive. Civil War encampments will showcase soldier life and medical care. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate farm work and crafts of the Civil War period. Recently preserved by the Gettysburg Foundation, the George Spangler farm is one of the most intact Civil War field hospitals from the Battle of Gettysburg.

    The Spangler farm is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only, from June 6 to Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Access to the farm is by free shuttle bus from the Museum and Visitor Center only.

    For a complete list of ranger programs this summer, visit www.nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/guidedtours.htm For questions, call (717) 334-1124, ext. 8023.


  8. 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.  

  9. May 9, 2014
    Encounters with History, August 16, 2014

    Encounters with History: 
    Our War, Our Constitution - Significant Constitutional and Legal Issues Arising from the American Civil War

    A full-day indoor program, hosted by Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick, discussing how the United States Constitution and the laws enacted under it govern, impact, and protect us all.  Its meaning and interpretation were stretched and tested greatly during the American Civil War.  Did the South have the right to secede (perpetual union or voluntary compact?)  Was the American Civil War a war (can the President blockade the ports of his own country?)  What right did President Lincoln have to order or allow the arrest, without charge, of thousands of American citizens (suspension of the “Great Writ”?) Did the United States have a claim against Great Britain under international law, for her role in support, directly or indirectly, of the Confederacy such as the Seaborne Blockade Runners, Raiders and Rams originating there (treaty/arbitration?) How were all of these issues ultimately resolved- the President, the Congress, the Supreme Court, an International Tribunal?

    In the final module which describes Claims under international law [Runners, Raiders and Rams] that the U.S. had against Great Britain after the American Civil War, Arbitration will be discussed.  As practical and current real world matter, John is also an Arbitrator who arbitrates and decides many types of cases, including Securities cases between investors in the market and their Brokers, Financial Advisors, Investment Firms, etc.  John has offered to describe and provide examples of that dispute resolution process, potentially relevant and applicable to all investors in the U.S. investment market.

    Join Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick for a lecture and discussion of these important issues- important then and relevant today.

    This full-day indoor program (8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) will be held at Gettysburg Seminary, Valentine Hall auditorium, 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325. A continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.

    Registration deadline is August 1, 2014.  Cost of this activity is $80 for Friends of Gettysburg members and $105 for non-members.

    For more information or to register for this event, please 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/EncounterswithHistoryAugust162014.aspx



  10. April 29, 2014
    John Scott Adams Seminar, July 19 and July 26, 2014

    The Gettysburg Foundation announces the John Scott Adams Seminar to be offered July 19 with a repeat program on July 26, 2014, featuring Licensed Battlefield Guide Ralph Siegel as he discusses When Yankees Attack: Rare Offensive Actions by the Union 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 9:00 a.m. in the Ford Education Center Classroom of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.

    The classroom seminar will review regimental actions, from the 6th Wisconsin’s charge on the Railroad Cut to the 14th Connecticut’s attack on the Bliss farm. The afternoon field tour will focus on two of the bloodiest offensive actions: the suicide charges of the 2nd Massachusetts and the 1st Minnesota. The afternoon tour is a moderate hike with rocky, uneven fields.

    Registration deadline is July 4, 2014. Open to Friends of Gettysburg members and non-members, the cost is $70 members and $95 non-members.  Optional boxed lunches are available for pre-order at $12 each.

    For more information, or to register for this event, please 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/AdamsSeminarJuly192014.aspx