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  1. June 23, 2017
    Gettysburg Foundation President, GNMP Chief of Interpretation on the Relevancy of the Gettysburg Address

    CONTACT: Cindy Small, Chief Marketing Officer, Gettysburg Foundation

    Gettysburg Foundation President Dr. Matthew Moen and Gettysburg National Military Park Chief of Interpretation, Christopher Gwinn Speak About the Relevancy of the Gettysburg Address at Carnegie Event

    Gettysburg, PA (June 23, 2017) — The Gettysburg Address may be over 150 years old but its powerful prose continues to hold relevancy with citizens across the globe. Over 100 people came to hear Gettysburg Foundation President Dr. Matthew Moen, and Gettysburg National Military Park Chief of Interpretation and Education, Christopher Gwinn discuss this famous speech at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, PA. The event was generously sponsored by Huntington Private Bank and The Pittsburgh Foundation.

    The evening provided a great opportunity for Moen to meet history enthusiasts and community leaders in the Pittsburgh area. “The Gettysburg Foundation was delighted to partner with our colleagues in the National Park Service, the Pittsburgh Foundation, and the Huntington Private Bank to bring conversation about the intellectual contributions of President Abraham Lincoln to the citizens of Pittsburgh,” said Moen. “Lincoln’s gentle, healing words are especially worth recalling at this time of conflict in our politics."

    Following the speakers, guests were invited to the Lincoln Gallery to view a rare collection of Lincoln photographs. These photos ranged from the former president’s years in Congress in the 1840s until the only known photograph of Lincoln “lying in state” in 1865. Guests were also given tours of the Espy Post room, which is full of Civil War relics left by members of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) who met in this room for many years before it closed down in 1937 (and was later reopened and restored.)

    "The Gettysburg Address is a timeless enunciation of what we believe as Americans,” said Gwinn. “For over 154 years it has served to define and guide as a nation, grounding us in our founding ideals while still recognizing the need for further work, effort, and progress. It was an honor to be able to speak at the Carnegie Library and to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Thomas Espy GAR Post, which is an absolutely fascinating time-capsule, allowing us a glimpse at how the Civil War generation wanted and hoped to be remembered."

    Huntington Bank also invited visitors to view a collection of historic checks from their collection. A highlight was one written by Abraham Lincoln made out to “Self” for $8,000.

    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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