The Gettysburg Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, “a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.”
Beginning at noon on Tuesday, November 28, Gettysburg Foundation’s Recruit Friends will prune apple trees on the Gettysburg battlefield to raise money for their Seedling to Cider project and spread awareness about their preservation and philanthropic efforts.
At 7:00 p.m., Recruits will host a live-stream event titled GETT Talking. This event, broadcasted on Facebook, will examine how Gettysburg fits into the current rhetoric surrounding our nation’s history and will address questions our nation’s youth have surrounding these controversial topics.
Christopher Gwinn, Chief of Interpretation and Education at Gettysburg National Military Park, will lead the discussion and take questions from participants live via social media.
“The goal of this event is to encourage a dialogue about how we remember the Civil War and how it still affects us today,” said Gwinn. “There is no better time to be having this conversation.”
The event is free and open to the public. While questions will be addressed live on November 28, participants may also send their questions in advance. A selected few will be addressed on air.
“We hope this event will be the start of a bigger and continuous conversation with our youth here in Gettysburg,” said Gettysburg Foundation President, Matthew C. Moen, Ph.D. “We look forward to working with our partners at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site to make Gettysburg our country’s common ground for these types of discussions and a quest for solutions.”