Shortly after the smoke cleared on July 3, 1863, the local residents recognized that the farms and fields of Gettysburg were now hallowed ground. Preservation efforts began immediately to ensure future generations would understand the incredible acts of sacrifice and examples of unfathomable courage made in this Pennsylvania town. In 1895, the Federal Government designated the Gettysburg battlefield as a National Military Park, and a commission of Civil War Veterans was appointed to oversee the Park’s development as a memorial to both armies. Today, the Gettysburg Foundation continues this long-standing tradition of citizens rising up to provide support, funding and advocacy for Gettysburg National Military Park. As the non-profit partner of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site we, along with nearly 20,000 Friends and supporters, work to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg and its national parks. Together, we have embarked on critical preservation projects.
Gettysburg land preservation efforts ensure that the best artifact we have—the battlefield itself—will be preserved so that future generations can experience Gettysburg’s lessons of honor, courage and sacrifice. The battlefield provides a tangible link to the actions of July 1863. Gettysburg land preservation is ongoing, building on a long history of people who are committed to making sure that no one ever forgets what happened on this hallowed ground. By supporting the Gettysburg Foundation, you support our work as partner to the National Park Service in Gettysburg land preservation, monument preservation, battlefield rehabilitation, artifact preservation and education.