Attorney Barbara Sardella has been named director emeritus of the Gettysburg Foundation’s Board of Directors following her recent decision to step down from the Board. She has served in many capacities over the years, including secretary, general counsel, and acting president.
“Gettysburg is a treasure. It has been my privilege to be involved in shaping the efforts of our partnership with Gettysburg National Military Park, efforts to ensure the preservation of the Park’s priceless artifact collection, restore the Cyclorama painting, improve the experience of the visitor and relocate the museum and visitor center from its former intrusion on sacred ground,” said Sardella.
Her work with developing the public/private partnership between Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation in the late 1990s, while serving as general counsel for Kinsley Construction, was instrumental to the success of the partnership over the course of two decades.
"Barbara played a key role in negotiating the merger between Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum and the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg, forming the Gettysburg Foundation,” said Eric B. Schultz, current chair of the Board. “Ever since, she has contributed to the success of the Foundation in countless ways, including legal counsel and service as our acting president. We are delighted to honor Barbara as a Director Emeritus and feel fortunate that she will remain associated with the Foundation."
“We have benefited enormously from Barbara’s wide-ranging role within the Foundation,” said Matthew C. Moen, Ph.D., president of the Foundation. “I am personally grateful for her guidance and leadership, which we will miss on an ongoing basis, but that we know is always available if we need it.”
Among her many specific accomplishments, Sardella played a principal role in the Foundation’s acquisition of the George Spangler Farm and the $9.5 million artifact collection of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia.
“There are no words to express my gratitude to Bob Kinsley for giving me the opportunity and experience of a lifetime. As our partnership continues to enhance the visitor experience, making it even more relevant to all generations, I look forward to remaining a resource for Gettysburg Foundation,” Sardella added.
As one of a handful of director emeriti, Sardella remains eligible to attend Board meetings.