On April 22-24, 2022, the Gettysburg Foundation hosted its 2022 Friends of Gettysburg Spring Muster event. More than 230 Friends from 24 states across the country participated in the three-day event at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center and on the Gettysburg battlefield.
National Park Service Rangers, Licensed Battlefield Guides and historians came together to present educational programs for our Friends on a variety of topics including Confederate Artillery at Gettysburg, July 1, 1863, and the 100th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps at Gettysburg.
Ranger Chris Gwinn opened the event with a Friday evening program on Gettysburg’s Rebel Commissioner: The Life and Legacy of William Robbins. This program was made possible in part by the Friends volunteers who helped to transcribe the Robbins Diary in the summer of 2021.
The Gettysburg Foundation hosted a dinner for participants Saturday evening in the main lobby of the Museum & Visitor Center. Friends learned about the history of Little Round Top from Licensed Battlefield Guide Sue Boardman with her presentation Battlefield Photography & Preservation, in expectation of the upcoming rehabilitation project on Little Round Top.
The Spring Muster weekend wrapped up with Sunday breakfast for First Corps Members with a sneak peek of the Gettysburg Foundation’s newest experience, Ticket to the Past—Unforgettable Journeys at the newly renovated Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad StationTM on Carlisle Street in downtown Gettysburg.
The Gettysburg Foundation looks forward to seeing our Friends of Gettysburg during upcoming summer and fall 2022 events.
The Friends of Gettysburg are the membership of the Gettysburg Foundation. The heart of the Gettysburg Foundation, through volunteer and fundraising efforts, the Friends help the National Park Service and the Foundation maintain the mission of acquiring and preserving battlefield lands and artifacts, improving the visitor experience and educating the public about the significance of Gettysburg.
For information about visiting Gettysburg, or how you can become a Friends of Gettysburg member, visit GettysburgFoundation.org or call 877-874-2478.