Gettysburg Foundation celebrated its new Kinsley Leadership Center at the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital site with a ribbon cutting ceremony, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.
The newly renovated farmhouse, which includes a state-of-the-art classroom and visitor amenities, will serve as the new home of Gettysburg Foundation’s executive leadership program, In the Footsteps of Leaders®. The ribbon cutting culminates 10 years of preservation and restoration of the 80-acre property.
More than 100 people attended the afternoon ceremony. Attendees included members of Gettysburg Foundation Board of Directors, donors, volunteers, and Bob and Anne Kinsley, as well as members of their family.
“The Kinsley family has a great appreciation for the importance of history and for Gettysburg’s place,” said Eric B. Schultz, chair, Gettysburg Foundation Board of Directors. “This beautiful facility will provide new technology and innovate opportunities for education while enhancing the historic preservation efforts we all treasure.”
During his remarks, Matthew C. Moen, Ph.D., president, Gettysburg Foundation shared his gratitude and admiration of Bob and Anne Kinsley.
“Part of the beauty of this particular gift is deeply rooted in the concept of place. Not just the historical significance of this site, but of Anne and Bob fixing for all Americans that which is in their backyard and within their ability to fix,” stated Moen.
The Kinsleys were presented with a sketch created by Richard Holland, an Irish immigrant turned Civil War soldier who fought with the 9th Massachusetts Light Battery. The Battery was bivouacked at the George Spangler Farm before seeing action in the Battle of Gettysburg. The sketch is entitled “Spanglers—Round Top in Distance” and is framed in chestnut witness wood from the historic George Spangler farmhouse.
Guests at the ceremony participated in a cider toast prior to the ribbon cutting. The cider was made from apples picked by the Foundation’s Recruits—volunteers between the ages of 18-40—as part of their Seedling to Cider project.
Gettysburg Foundation acquired the George Spangler Farm property in 2008. The site served as the Union Army’s 11th Corps field hospital during and after the Battle of Gettysburg where more than 1,900 wounded soldiers—both Union and Confederate—received care.
Through the generosity and efforts of donors, Friends, philanthropic foundations and corporate partners, Gettysburg Foundation previously completed the preservation of the property’s summer kitchen, smokehouse and Pennsylvania bank barn.