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Initiatives

Preservation.
Acquisition.

Little Round top and Warren statue at Gettysburg

Little Round Top Rehabilitation
2014 - present 

Raised funds for the National Park Service to research and provide solutions to the deterioration of Little Round Top’s pathways, walkways, parking lots and vegetation. A strategic position for the Union Army’s line of defense and immortalized in films, books and accounts of the battle, Little Round Top ranks as one of Gettysburg’s most visited landmarks. 


Sharpshooter frock from Gettysburg Museum

Land & Artifact Acquisition
2006 - present 

Funds acquisition and conservation of Union and Confederate uniforms, swords, broadsides, books, letters—and entire collections. Acquired more than 400 acres and preserved an additional 700 acres to restore portions of the 1863 battlefield.

2016 – Accepted the donation of the Craig Bashein private collection of more than 200 Civil War artifacts including uniform, pistols, swords, medals and original oil painting.

2016 – Purchased and donated President Dwight Eisenhower's 1955 Cockshutt Black Hawk Model 40 Tractor and Cultivator to the Eisenhower National Historic Site.  

2013 – Acquired an extensive collection of General John F. Reynolds’ possessions, including his kepi, officer’s field sword, sword belt and sash, enameled headquarters 1st Corps badge, handkerchiefs and service escutcheon.

2012 – Donated $300,000 for the conservation and rotation of artifacts in the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War.


Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg

Monument Restoration
2006 - present 

2013 – Pennsylvania Memorial Rehabilitation – Accepted donations and raised funds for the rehabilitation of the memorial including shell blasting and removal of corrosion and grime from the Goddess of Victory and Peace statue atop the monument. 

2013 – 11th Massachusetts Monument – Received contributions from the Friends of Gettysburg, donors and supporters to restore the vandalized monument including the restoration of the famed arm and sabre representative of the Massachusetts state motto (“By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.”). 


Little Round top and Warren statue at Gettysburg

George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital
2008 - present 

Purchased and restored the 80-acre George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital, the site of the Union Army's 11th Corps field hospital. More than 1,900 wounded soldiers—Union and Confederate—were treated here.  

2019 – Rehabilitation of stone farmhouse

2016 – Restoration of the Pennsylvania bank barn

2016 – Reconstruction of the smokehouse

2013 – Preservation of the summer kitchen

2012 – Removal of non-historic buildings


Cannon on Cemetery Ridge in Gettysburg

Cemetery Ridge
2008 - 2017 

Raised funds for the restoration of Cemetery Ridge and Cemetery Hill—key to the Union position in the battle—to return these areas to their 1863 appearance. 

Work included demolishing the old Cyclorama building and returning previously re-located monuments to their original positions including the 12th Massachusetts Infantry Position marker (1885), the 88th Pennsylvania Infantry Position marker (1883), and the 1st Massachusetts Sharpshooters Position marker (1913).


George Meade slouch hat on loan from the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia

Civil War Museum of Philadelphia Artifacts Collection
2016 

Obtained ownership of the $9.5 million, 3,000-artifact collection of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia.

Before receiving stewardship of the collection, Gettysburg Foundation—in partnership with the Civil War Museum—conserved, stored and displayed much of the museum's collection.


For Placement Only

George Spangler Farm Apple Orchard
2016 

Through our Recruits, Gettysburg Foundation raised funds for the replanting of the apple orchard at the site of the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital.

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Cannon Carriage under repair at the Gettysburg Cannon Carriage Shop at Old Armory

New Cannon Carriage Shop
2014 

Acquired and renovated the Gettysburg Armory garage for use as the cannon carriage shop. Replacing the original shop secured and funded by the Friends since 1991, the new shop provides for the preservation of monument artwork and the nearly 400 cannons used to represent the actual artillery lines on the battlefield.  

 


Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station

Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad StationTM
2014 

Purchased and refurbished the historic railroad station where President Lincoln arrived and departed Gettysburg upon delivering the immortal Gettysburg Address in Nov. 1863. Gettysburg Foundation operates the downtown museum.



 


Devils Den

Devil’s Den Battlefield Rehabilitation
2009 - 2010 

Raised $330,000 to bury intrusive overhead utility powerlines in Devil’s Den and other historic areas in efforts to restore the Gettysburg battlefield—as closely as possible—to its 1863 appearance.




 


Sharpshooter frock from Gettysburg Museum

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center
2008

Working closely with the National Park Service, raised $103 million to build the Museum & Visitor Center. Home to the historic Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting and the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War, the Museum & Visitor Center annually welcomes more than one million visitors to the battlefield. 


Gettysburg Cyclorama

Cyclorama Restoration
2004 - 2008 

Acquired $15 million from federal sources for the restoration of the Gettysburg Cyclorama—a federally owned artifact. Provided an additional $120,000 for the cleaning of the painting in 2013.




 


LEED Certied Gold emblem at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center

Environmental Stewardship
2008 - present

Opened the Museum & Visitor Center with an environmentally friendly LEED Silver certification before upgrading to LEED Gold designation in 2010.

Gettysburg Foundation continues striving to maintain its LEED Gold certfication.

 

 


Public Education 

Gettysburg Foundation President Matthew Moen presenting Gettysburg Revisted program at Shippensburg University

Gettysburg Revisited
2017 - present 

Through special programs and lectures, presents the Gettysburg Revisited message of humility, inclusivity and democracy to colleges, student organizations and civic groups across the nation. 

 

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Students participating in the Great Task program at Gettysburg

The Great Task Youth Leadership Experience
2016 - present 

Fund the National Park Service summer residential, student-centered educational program, The Great Task Youth Leadership Experience, designed to build character by focusing on actions and decisions. 

 


In the Footsteps of Leaders program cover showing Union and Confederate Leaders from the Battle of Gettysburg

In the Footsteps of Leaders® Executive Leadership Program
2007 - present 

Conduct the executive leadership program, In the Footsteps of Leaders®. Inspired by the real-life decision makers at the Battle of Gettysburg, the program focuses on how communication, strategic planning, team building, adaptability and decision making determine outcomes. 

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Friends of Gettysburg
& Volunteers

Friends of Gettysburg Volunteers help build a stone wall on the Gettysburg Battlefield

Maintain the legacy and mission of the original Friends of the National Park at Gettysburg (1989) through today’s Friends of Gettysburg (2006 – present) with 22,000 Friends nationwide and around the world. 

Friends annually donate more than 1,000 volunteer hours to preservation and administrative efforts including restoring posts and fences at Cemetery Hill (2015), replanting the historic orchard at Ziegler’s Grove (2017) and operating the Rupp House History Center.

In addition, Friends continue to raise money for restoration and rehabilitation projects including the Pennsylvania Memorial (1999, 2003), George Spangler Farm smokehouse (2016), George Spangler Farm trail (2018) and Little Round Top (2014 - present). 

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Gettysburg Foundation

From Little Round Top to the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital, the Gettysburg Foundation helps to preserve the battlefield and educate the public about the battle's significance.

 

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