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  1. March 22, 2017
    Recruits Will Rehabilitate the Historic Apple Orchard at George Spangler Farm on Sunday, March 26

    Gettysburg, PA (March 22, 2017) – Gettysburg Foundation Recruits (members aged 18-38) will re-plant an apple orchard at the George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Site on Sunday, March 26.

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

    The Recruits raised $8,000 for the orchard rehabilitation project on #GivingTuesday, which fell on November 29, 2016, exceeding their goal of $7,500.

    The trees, which include six different apple varieties, will eventually become a part of the Recruit members Seedling to Cider project. This creative, new initiative, 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. A portion of cider sales is donated to the National Park Service to preserve and protect the battlefield’s orchards.

    “We are thrilled to finally see our project come to fruit-ition,” says Beth Kirby Gettysburg Foundation’s Chief of Membership and Leadership, “From raising the funds for the orchard on #GivingTuesday, to choosing the seedlings, and eventually harvesting the apples, our Recruits will be involved in every step of the process—from seedling to cider!”

    Currently, the Recruits partner with Gettysburg National Military Park to help rehabilitate the Rose Farm Orchard on the Gettysburg battlefield and have picked apples, pruned trees, and planted new trees over the past two years.

    The Recruits next batch of Rose Farm Orchard cider, picked from apples grown on the Rose Farm Orchard and fermented by Adam Redding at Good Intent Cider, will debut later this spring.

    The 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, 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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