In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, the Gettysburg Foundation announces that it has provided an average of $2.3 million annually in support of Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site over the last nine years, for a total of approximately $20.5 million.
“The work of the Gettysburg Foundation began with the $103 million raised to build the Museum and Visitor Center in 2008,” said Eric Schultz, chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Gettysburg Foundation. “This additional $20.5 million has provided our colleagues in the National Park Service (NPS) with gifts that help preserve this sacred place and educate future generations. Both our individual and our corporate donors have been generous and thoughtful, ensuring that America’s history is saved one parcel, one story at a time.”
The National Park Service (NPS) has used portions of the $20.5 million to preserve historical authenticity and to enhance the visitor experience. For example, gifts helped NPS complete a key battlefield preservation project—the rehabilitation of Cemetery Ridge; it gives visitors a much more authentic view of Union and Confederate battle lines during the fierce fighting that happened here. Current battlefield projects in planning stages include restoration of Little Round Top and a walking trail from the Museum and Visitor Center to the George Spangler Farm. In addition to preservation, NPS has used gifts from the Foundation to: acquire priceless artifacts for the onsite, world-class Gettysburg Museum of the Civil War, including items related to Abraham Lincoln; support musicians and artists-in-residence onsite; educate teachers and students and visitors through programs; and, upgrade facilities and acquire new artifacts related to the Eisenhower National Historic Site.
“We’re pleased to be able to provide our friends in the National Park Service with gifts to enhance this one-of-a-kind commemorative place,” said Dr. Matthew Moen, president of the Gettysburg Foundation. “We look forward to working with NPS in the days ahead as we expand our own efforts under our new strategic plan to place Gettysburg in the center of national conversations about citizenship, leadership, conflict, and conciliation in our beloved American democracy.”
"We're extremely grateful for this powerful partnership with the Gettysburg Foundation. Their support allows us to better preserve park resources and improves our ability to tell the compelling stories of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site," said Chuck Hunt, acting superintendent, Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site.
Information about the ongoing work of the National Park Service and the Gettysburg Foundation may be found on our website.