On behalf of all who donated to the Gettysburg Foundation Gala 2022 Raise the Paddle fundraiser, the Gettysburg Foundation was pleased to present Eisenhower National Historic Site with a $187,000 check for direct support of priority National Park Service projects. A check presentation ceremony was held at the historic site on March 29, 2023. The check was presented to Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site Superintendent Steven Sims and Eisenhower National Historic Site Manager, Jana Friesen McCabe.
Pictured left to right: Gettysburg Foundation Board Members David G. Malgee, Charles C. Bream, III and Carol A. Reardon, Ph.D.; Gettysburg Foundation Board Co-Chairs W. Craig Bashein and Barbara J. Finfrock; Gettysburg Foundation Board Member Jeff A. Frazier; Gettysburg Foundation President & CEO Wayne E. Motts; Gettysburg Foundation Board Secretary Richard A. Morin; Eisenhower National Historic Site Manager, Jana Friesen McCabe; Gettysburg Foundation Board Member James R. Hanni; Eisenhower National Historic Site Museum Curator Michael R. Florer; and Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site Superintendent Steven Sims
The Gettysburg Foundation Gala 2022 brought together more than 275 corporate and foundation sponsors, Gettysburg Foundation Directors, donors and Friends of Gettysburg. Generous supporters raised their paddle during the Gala to help raise these funds for preservation.
"On behalf of the Foundation, its Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, we are grateful for the generous support through the Gala fundraiser," said Gettysburg Foundation president and CEO, Wayne E. Motts." We are pleased to provide the $187,000 from the Gala's Raise the Paddle fundraiser for the support of these projects that will preserve the Eisenhower home and artifacts and enhance the visitor experience at Eisenhower National Historic Site," added Motts.
Eisenhower National Historic Site Park Guide Alyce B. Evans speaks to attendees and media at the check presentation ceremony
The funds raised will help preserve and protect the 98% original artifacts in the Eisenhower home, improve the energy efficiency of the lighting and restore the interior/exterior connection. The project will accomplish these goals with the installation of new lighting controls, some new fixtures, LED bulbs, UV filters for windows and motorized shades.
These improvements will help further restore the house back to the way the Eisenhowers enjoyed their home with open curtains and uncovered windows to be able to see the view outside the home from inside. The improvements will also enhance the visitor experience, allowing guests the opportunity to understand the connection of the interior of the home with the exterior of the home. This connection offers the landscape and views of this property from inside the home. Visitors will be able to gain a better perspective of why the Eisenhowers chose Gettysburg and this farm for their home.
Eisenhower home, Eisenhower National Historic Site, Gettysburg, Pa.
Eisenhower National Historic Site resumes tours of the Eisenhower home for the spring season April 1, 2023, with new visitor access to the historic site. To learn more about how to visit Eisenhower National Historic Site, visit nps.gov/eise.