Saturday, June 27, 2009

Bits and Pieces II

A real editorial!
Will wonders never cease?!?! Saturdays are amazing for the absences of killjoy pieces by Our Intrepid Reporter about the Park, the Foundation and especially Dr. Latschar, his favorite target, but lo and behold!, this Friday morning we awoke to a real editorial in the Gettysburg Slimes! Not only that, but they agreed with our stand of nine days ago on both the Flag issue on the square, and on the fee required by the Gettysburg Borough for the Allied Veterans Council Color Guard to fire a rifle salute during graveside services in the Borough.

Borough Council hardly apologized for these two gaffs, but tried to explain them away with lame excuses. Such ineptitude is the norm for the Borough's governing body, with more fumbling, time wasting, and excuse making than productive work. The taxpayers are not getting their money's worth from those elected officials.

[Frankly, we also see some nepotism among certain council members and members of certain boards and committees. That ought to be resolved immediately. Unless family members are elected in their own right, they should not be allowed to serve in the same government as another family member. That includes appointees, AND hires. But this is a separate issue for another time.]

Yet we are amazed to find an actual local editorial in the Slimes. So we thought we'd give them a “thumbs up” on this one!


Old Abe
That same editorial advised the Borough Council to steer clear of the proposed Lincoln statue slated [at one point] for Alumni Park. No one disputes the talent of the artist, the statue looks great, as does his statue of the World Trade Center FDNY raising the flag over the 9/11 wreckage. But apparently the FDNY 9/11 sculpture was funded by a foundation which is being investigated as a scam.

We concur with the paper on this issue. The taint is enough to put off until this artist is completely cleared, which it appears is likely to happen.

But this raises an issue. Who is paying for the statue of Lincoln? Does anyone really know?

Someone needs to answer that question, and soon!


Trees
To the Slimes and the Evening Sun: Enough already!

Stop publishing the letters from the tree huggers complaining about the Park. The latest in the Sun had not even taken the time to find out about replantings! One hour driving through the park will show anyone with decent eyesight the hundreds of acres of newly planted orchards.

But our biggest gripe with these two newspapers, and their letter writers, is that we have yet to see one word published criticizing the local developers for the trees they cut down and do not replace while building their shopping malls, and massive housing developments.

Shame on the letter writers, and shame on the two newspapers for keeping up this hypocritical assault on the NPS at Gettysburg. It isn't as if the NPS Staff have not written pieces for the papers to print explaining the entire process of clearing and re-planting. So the editorial staffs at both papers are both being irresponsible and hypocritical by publishing the recurring assault by the tree huggers.

No organization husbands their wildlife as carefully as the NPS staff here at Gettysburg. Preventing deer overpopulation keeps the deer herds healthy, and reduces the damage the deer do to the trees and shrubs. Trees that fall naturally are left in place. That there is as much wildlife inside the park as there is continues to astound us. The existing animals are extremely tolerant of the constant flow of visitors traipsing through their habitat, leaving their litter behind. With a million people going through that park, and all the vehicles and buses that spew their fumes around the Park, it is an enormous undertaking to keep the Park looking nice, and to meet their mission of preserving the historical aspects of the Park, including the terrain and structures.

When one considers this issue from that perspective the Park management and staff are due a huge thank you for the wonderful work they perform.

So to the papers: stop now. Enough is enough. Most reasonable people understand you do not understand. Hopefully now you do.

Still, we have our doubts that the papers "get it."

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Gettysburg Borough Council: Anti American?

The absurdity of it all. First, Gettysburg Borough Council requires the payment of a fee for Veteran Volunteers to perform a military ritual that dates back over a thousand years. Firing a rifle volley salute to a departed Veteran is as old as gun powder. Perhaps before that, organized armies saluted their departed warriors with flights of arrows winging over the grave or funeral pyre.

One wonders if a visiting head of state were to receive a volley of cannon fire in the Cemetery as the rendering of honors requires, would the Borough of Gettysburg require the fee to be paid by the US Army, the US Department of State, or perhaps they would double bill the embassy of the visiting head of state as well.

There are limits even to greed. The borough of Gettysburg has shamed all of America with this display of governmental meddling and control.

So in order to render these "Military Honors", which indeed, even in the history of our nation, predate the establishment of the Borough itself, the Veterans of the Allied Veterans Council must discharge their weapons [blanks] at the gravesite. And that is what the fee is for.

One asks, why? Why would Veterans firing Military salutes over the grave of a departed Veteran not be included in the language of the ordinance as an exception?

Finally, the collection of perhaps $200 per year must be so important that the Borough thus insults the Veterans of this nation.

But this is not the only insult. The flag of the United State of America has been removed from its place of prominence in the middle of Lincoln Square, in downtown Gettysburg, replaced by banners for the upcoming Gettysburg Festival, an event that showcases the merchants of the Borough, and their wares.

We are absolutely stunned that the Borough would perform such an action. But after discovering they charge a fee for firing rifles over the grave of a deceased Veteran, why should this be a surprise.

We are ashamed of the Borough Council of Gettysburg. Of all places in this nation, to pull down the US Colors, and replace them with commercial banners is an affront to all the citizens of this nation. Both actions are despicable.

As for the flag, at least they waited until after Flag Day.

What an inept, unconscious crew Gettysburg Borough Council is! They make even the Cumberland Township Clowns look good!

Perhaps the Borough Council should stop and take a look at who is interested in Gettysburg. We currently are being read in the following foreign lands:

Petaling Jaya, Malasia
Singapore City, Singapore
Taipei, Tai-Pei
Canberra, Australia
Hawthorn, Australia
Quezon City, Philippines
Strand, South Africa
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Ediburgh, Scotland
Louth, Ireland,
Oxford, England
Moscow, Russia

What must these world-wide readers think of what passes for government here in the Gettysburg area.

To them I say, this is not America. This is something else entirely.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Bits and Pieces

Golden v Gettysburg Council
Absolutely astonishing that we would ever, could ever, side with the Goldens against the Gettysburg Council, but on this latest issue we do. When the Gettysburg Borough Council formed its sub-committee on ordinances, they failed to include two things in their charter: a guarantee that the Sunshine law would be applicable to all the doings of the committee, and a rule requiring that no business be conducted without a quorum of members. The second item is extremely important, as elected officials tend to miss a lot of these meetings. When they are assigned to these sub-committee, they are there to provide guidance, and support, so when they bag a meeting they are failing in their duties, and cheating the taxpayers.

Then to turn around and hide behind a "potential" hole in the Sunshine Law is simply a gutless and potentially illegal practice which has already cost them legal expenses, time and of course, the usual heartburn that comes from dealing with the Goldens.

Borough Council stepped in it big time on this. They need to swallow hard, apologize and begin dealing in the open, as they are paid to do under the Sunshine law of this state. There is no excuse for a closed meeting when doing the public's business.

Meanwhile, Debi Golden embarasses herself with this display of hypocrisy. Suing one municipality by a member of a neighboring municipality's government, even when acting as a private citizen, is always a serious mistake, but to do so on the basis of the Sunshine law when she and the other members of the Cumberland Township Board of Supervisors consistantly hide behind "...we are not required...", "...we have no plans at this time...", and other lies, distortions and mistruths, and the ubiquitous disclaimer: executive sessions, is quite simply, the height of hypocrisy.

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Doings at the Park
We are of the opinion that the current administration at the Gettysburg National Military Park has done and is doing a stellar job of maintaining and improving the Park's visitor experience. We have a near similar opinion of the Foundation. But we have to disagree with them on the announced fee increase going into effect tomorrow [Monday, June 15, 2009].

First, we think raising fees on such short notice is a bad practice. Equally bad is the practice of doing so in mid-season, especially in the current economy.

We would much rather have welcomed the news that the Museum portion of the fee structure had been eliminated. Actually, it is too bad the film linked with the Cyclorama Painting through the fee structure is not attracting interest like it should. Perhaps a film of the quality of the one shown at Antietam would peak more interest, along with a longer opportunity to view the Cyclorama painting after the show is over, and might give higher value for the fees, and attract more visitors to the venue.

On another tack, the parking situation leaves a bit to be desired. We are looking for Handicapped Parking to be moved to the "infield" adjacent to the Bus Drop-off section of the Visitor's Center. This would not require taking more ground, and would put the Handicapped on the same level as the entrance to the Visitor's Center. It might require expanding the bus driveway a bit to accomodate it, but a special parking lot for Handicapped would not only be appropriate, especially nearer to the entrance, but it would also allow the Park to do away with the Handicapped drop off lane, and expand the existing parking lot into that area. That should allow the addition of two more rows of non-handicapped parking. Moving the handicapped vehicles to the new [proposed] lot, would likely increase the amount of Handicapped spots available as well. Handicapped drop-off could be right outside the main entrance to the Visitor's Center.

We're sure the Park and Foundation have considered just that for parking, and more, and that they will come up with a workable solution to the parking problems.

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A Pleasant Surprise
It was a very pleasant surprise to open up the Gettysburg Times Saturday and find not one single word about the Park and Dr. Latschar written by "Our Intrepid Reporter" with his poison pen. Ahhh weekends!

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Free Civil War Music Concerts at Gettysburg, June 20

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Gettysburg National Military Park
1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100
Gettysburg, PA 17325
717/334-1124 phone
717/334-1891 fax

Gettysburg National Military Park News Release
For Release: June 11, 2009

Free Civil War Music Concerts at Gettysburg, June 20

Gettysburg, PA On June 20, as part of the Gettysburg Festival, Gettysburg National Military Park will host the Wildcat Regiment Band and the 8 th Regimental Band of the Georgia Volunteer Infantry for free public concerts at the park’s Museum and Visitor Center.

For the first time at Gettysburg, the 8th Regimental Band of the Georgia Volunteer Infantry will perform at 11 a.m. in front of the Museum and Visitor Center and from 6 p.m. until sundown at the Pennsylvania Memorial.

The 8th Regimental Band formed in 1985 in Rome, Georgia, and consists of 25 musicians. Members include players from the Rome Symphony Orchestra, students and staff from local high schools and colleges, and professional musicians. The director, John Carruth, also directs the Rome Symphony Orchestra. The band presents military music of the Civil War as it was played by musicians of both sides of the conflict. They also dress and act the part. Performances of the 8th Regimental Band have been part of Civil War battle re-enactments, parades, weddings and military balls.
The Wildcat Regiment Band will perform a grand concert at 3 p.m. in front of the Museum and Visitor Center. The Wildcat Regiment Band represents the regimental band of the 105th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. The 105th Regiment was recruited in 1861 from the "Wildcat" congressional district made up in part by Indiana and Jefferson Counties. With Bandmaster Bruno J. Pino conducting, this modern re-creation of the Wildcat Regiment Band uses original instruments and reproduction hand-made uniforms. This is their 15th visit to perform at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Civil War bands started when each regiment of the armies tried to create its own musical organization. Most of America's town bands and other professional groups were mustered into service, as well as many groups of lesser abilities.

The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating during these concerts. The park’s new Museum and Visitor Center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg.

For more information contact Park Ranger Evangelina Rubalcava, c/o Gettysburg National Military Park, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100, Gettysburg PA 17325, by phone at (717) 334-1124 x3251, or on the web at www.gettysburgfestival.org .

Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and protects the resources associated with the Battle of Gettysburg and the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and provides an understanding of the events that occurred there within the context of American history.

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Gettysburg Foundation Summer-Fall Event Schedule


CALENDAR OF EVENTSJUNE-NOVEMBER 2009

June 9: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author David H. Jones will be signing copies of Two Brothers: One North, One South. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288.

June 13-14: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author Doug Gibboney will be signing copies of Scandals of the Civil War. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288.

June 20 Dinner and a Painting: Cyclorama Evening Program. 6 - 9 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Enjoy a Civil War-inspired dinner and a presentation on the history of the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting with national Cyclorama expert Sue Boardman. Join Sue on the Cyclorama viewing platform as she explains more about this historic work of art. This special program is limited to 50 attendees. For tickets, call 877-874-2478 or visit http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

June 20: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author Jim Gindlesperger will be signing copies of Escape From Libby and Fire on the Water. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288. Purchase pre-signed books by this author at the Museum Bookstore’s online shop at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

June 20: Art in the Park Tours. The Gettysburg battlefield is home to more than 1,300 monuments and memorials, making it one of the world's largest collections of outdoor sculpture. On this "Art in the Parks" tour, visitors can learn more about the monuments and memorials created by these famous artists, including the story behind the monuments and the story of the artists. Tours are offered at: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.; 3 – 5 p.m.; and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 877-874-2478 or visit http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

June 21: Art in the Park Tours. The Gettysburg battlefield is home to more than 1,300 monuments and memorials, making it one of the world's largest collections of outdoor sculpture. On this "Art in the Parks" tour, visitors can learn more about the monuments and memorials created by these famous artists, including the story behind the monuments and the story of the artists. Tours are offered at: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.; and 3 – 5 p.m. For tickets, call 877-874-2478 or visit http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

June 25: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author Bill Styple will be signing copies of Generals in Bronze. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288. Purchase pre-signed books by this author at the Museum Bookstore’s online shop at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

June 26: The Music of Lincoln and His Era with the 97th Regimental String Band. 7:30 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Join in singing, clapping and dancing to popular tunes of the 19th century in this special program, presented by the 97th Regimental String Band. The program features many of President Abraham Lincoln's favorite songs, including ones he heard in his civilian life and familiar favorites from the wartime years. For tickets, call 877-874-2478 or visit http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

June 27: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author David Downing will be signing copies of A South Divided . 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288. Purchase pre-signed books by this author at the Museum Bookstore’s online shop at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

June 27: Art in the Park Tours. The Gettysburg battlefield is home to more than 1,300 monuments and memorials, making it one of the world's largest collections of outdoor sculpture. On this "Art in the Parks" tour, visitors can learn more about the monuments and memorials created by these famous artists, including the story behind the monuments and the story of the artists. Tours are offered at: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.; 3 – 5 p.m.; and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 877-874-2478 or visit http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

June 27: The Music of Lincoln and His Era with the 97th Regimental String Band. 7:30 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Join in singing, clapping and dancing to popular tunes of the 19th century in this special program, presented by the 97th Regimental String Band. The program features many of President Abraham Lincoln's favorite songs, including ones he heard in his civilian life and familiar favorites from the wartime years. For tickets, call 877-874-2478 or visit http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

June 28: Art in the Park Tours. The Gettysburg battlefield is home to more than 1,300 monuments and memorials, making it one of the world's largest collections of outdoor sculpture. On this "Art in the Parks" tour, visitors can learn more about the monuments and memorials created by these famous artists, including the story behind the monuments and the story of the artists. Tours are offered at: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.; 3 – 5 p.m.; and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 877-874-2478 or visit http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

June 28: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author Patricia Bauer will be signing copies of B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288. Purchase pre-signed books by this author at the Museum Bookstore’s online shop at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

June 28: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author David Downing will be signing copies of A South Divided . 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288. Purchase pre-signed books by this author at the Museum Bookstore’s online shop at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

June 28: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author Steven Stanley and JD Petruzzi will be signing copies of The Complete Gettysburg Guide . 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288. Purchase pre-signed books by this author at the Museum Bookstore’s online shop at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

July 1: Alaska Children's Choir-Lincoln Bicentennial Tour. 8:15 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Film Theater. The award-winning Alaska Children's Choir has put together a special Lincoln Bicentennial Tour for 2009. Join them in Gettysburg for a program of Civil War-era songs and sacred and secular music in different languages. Admission to this program is free. For more information, call 717-338-1243 or 866-889-1243.

July 2: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author Jim Hessler will be signing copies of Sickles at Gettysburg. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288.Purchase pre-signed books by this author at the Museum Bookstore’s online shop at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

July 2: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author John Hough Jr. will be signing copies of Seen the Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Gettysburg. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288. Purchase pre-signed books by this author at the Museum Bookstore’s online shop at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

July 3: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author Bradley Gottfried will be signing copies of The Maps of Gettysburg. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288. Purchase pre-signed books by this author at the Museum Bookstore’s online shop at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

July 3: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author Chris Heisey will be signing copies of Gettysburg: This Hallowed Ground. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288. Purchase pre-signed books by this author at the Museum Bookstore’s online shop at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

July 3-5: A Sacred Trust–Gettysburg Perspectives Lecture Series, featuring Ken Burns. Sacred Trust brings together renowned authors, historians, National Park Service rangers, and others to share perspectives on the battle of Gettysburg with members of the public. The series is free and open to the public. Programs are held at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. A complete schedule is available at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/ . For more information, please call 717-338-1243.

July 4: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author Charley Mitchell will be signing copies of Maryland Voices of the Civil War. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288. Purchase pre-signed books by this author at the Museum Bookstore’s online shop at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

July 4: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author Troy Harman will be signing copies of Lee's Real Plan at Gettysburg. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288. Purchase pre-signed books by this author at the Museum Bookstore’s online shop at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

July 5: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author James Percoco will be signing copies of Summers with Lincoln: Looking for the Man in the Monuments. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288. Purchase pre-signed books by this author at the Museum Bookstore’s online shop at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

July 5: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author Sue Boardman will be signing copies of The Battle of Gettysburg: A History and Guide. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288. Purchase pre-signed books by this author at the Museum Bookstore’s online shop at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

July 18: A Night at the Ball: Civil War Teaching Dance. 8 - 10 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Lobby. Step back in time with the Susquehanna Travellers and the Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation, as they demonstrate the etiquette of the day and lead you through the steps to many popular Victorian dances. Wear period dress or come dressed for an elegant evening of dancing. For tickets, call 877-874-2478 or visit http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

July 24 Evening with the Painting: Cyclorama Evening Program. 6 - 9 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Enjoy a presentation on the history of the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting with national Cyclorama expert Sue Boardman. Join Sue on the Cyclorama viewing platform as she explains more about this historic work of art. This special program is limited to 50 attendees. For tickets, call 877-874-2478 or visit http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

July 25-26: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author Kelly Butterbaugh will be signing copies of Hey, History Isn't Boring Anymore! A Creative Approach to Teaching the Civil War. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288. Purchase pre-signed books by this author at the Museum Bookstore’s online shop at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

August 1-2: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author Scott Lang will be signing copies of The Forgotten Charge: The 123rd Pennsylvania at Marye's Heights, Fredericksburg, Virginia. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288. Purchase pre-signed books by this author at the Museum Bookstore’s online shop at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

August 8 Breakfast with Lincoln. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Refreshment Saloon. 8 a.m. Join Abraham Lincoln for a Civil War-era inspired breakfast. Learn about Abraham Lincoln's life and presidency as you enjoy breakfast with President Lincoln. This activity provides an opportunity to learn about Lincoln's life and presidency in a family-friendly manner. For tickets, call 877-874-2478 or visit http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

August 8 Evening with the Painting: Cyclorama Evening Program. 6 - 9 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Enjoy a presentation on the history of the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting with national Cyclorama expert Sue Boardman. Join Sue on the Cyclorama viewing platform as she explains more about this historic work of art. This special program is limited to 50 attendees. For tickets, call 877-874-2478 or visit http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

August 22: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author Helen Schwartz will be signing copies of Tell Them All About It, Won't You?: Images of the Present, Voices of the Past Gettysburg. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288. Purchase pre-signed books by this author at the Museum Bookstore’s online shop at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

August 29 Evening with the Painting: Cyclorama Evening Program. 6 - 9 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Enjoy a presentation on the history of the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting with national Cyclorama expert Sue Boardman. Join Sue on the Cyclorama viewing platform as she explains more about this historic work of art. This special program is limited to 50 attendees. For tickets, call 877-874-2478 or visit http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

September 12: Friends of Gettysburg/Gettysburg Foundation First Corps member event. For more information, or to become a Friends of Gettysburg First Corps member, e-mail membership@gettysburgfoundation.org or call 717-338-1243.

September 12: Book Signing in the Museum Bookstore. Author Jeff Toalson will be signing copies of No Soap, No Pay, Diarrhea, Dysentery & Desertion. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Bookstore, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 717-334-2288. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. . Purchase pre-signed books by this author at the Museum Bookstore’s online shop at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

October 3: A Night at the Ball: Civil War Teaching Dance. 8 - 10 p.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Lobby. Step back in time with the Susquehanna Travellers and the Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation, as they demonstrate the etiquette of the day and lead you through the steps to many popular Victorian dances. Wear period dress or come dressed for an elegant evening of dancing. For tickets, call 877-874-2478 or visit http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

October 10 Sunrise Battlefield Photo Safari. Join Chris Heisey, renowned battlefield photographer, for a sunrise battlefield photography tour from 6:30-9:30 a.m. The morning includes a half-hour lecture on landscape photography (beginning at the Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center) followed by a 2 1/2 hour intimate sunrise tour of the battlefield. Stop at some of Chris' favorite spots and learn hints and tips on composition, lighting, aperture and exposure. This event is open to all photographers (beginners and experienced). Please note: Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For tickets, call 877-874-2478 or visit http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/.

October 17: Friends of Gettysburg/Gettysburg Foundation Fall Muster. The annual Fall Muster features battlefield tours, historians and others presenting programs to Friends members on special topics about the Battle of Gettysburg. For more information, or to join the Friends of Gettysburg, call 717-338-1243 or e-mail membership@gettysburgfoundation.org.

November 7: John Scott Adams Seminar Series. “Wearing the Green: Hiram Berdan and his Elite Union Sharpshooters at the Battle of Gettysburg” featuring Licensed Battlefield Guide Wayne Motts For more information, call 717-338-1243.

November 21: 7th Annual Remembrance Illumination. Luminary candles are placed on each Civil War grave in Soldiers' National Cemetery as a testament to the sacrifices made here in 1863. 5:30 p.m. For information, contact the Gettysburg Foundation at 717-338-1243.

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6/8/09
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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Guided Walks with Rangers this summer on the Gettysburg Battlefield

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Gettysburg National Military Park
1195 Baltimore Pike
Suite 100
Gettysburg, PA 17325
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Gettysburg National Military Park News Release
For Immediate Release:

Guided Walks with Rangers this summer on the Gettysburg Battlefield

Gettysburg, PA, June 4, 2009 – Park Rangers from Gettysburg National Military Park are inviting the public to explore the Gettysburg battlefield this summer with guided walks and programs, beginning on June 13. Gettysburg Rangers offer an array of guided walks and programs on the battlefield and in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. The programs are all free, and include children’s programs about the battle and the Civil War.
This summer, the park is offering two indoor programs in the classroom at the Museum and Visitor Center. “The Battle of Gettysburg – An Overview” is a 30 minute program about the Gettysburg Campaign and all three days of battle and is offered at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily in the Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center. “Monuments of Gettysburg” will also be offered in the classroom on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

Seven days a week, throughout the summer, Rangers will lead popular Gettysburg walks and programs such as “First Day,” “Second Day,” and “The Third Day – Pickett’s Charge,” along with “Little Round Top,” “Devil’s Den,” walks in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and more. The Civil War experience is the focus of “Visits to the Past” programs with costumed interpreters who portray the men and women who witnessed and participated in the events of 1863 in Gettysburg.

Children’s programs once again feature “Join the Army” where children (ages 6-12 only) "enlist" in the army and learn something about what it meant to be a soldier in a Civil War regiment; the Junior Ranger program, a free family-oriented activity that allows children (ages 5-13) to become Junior Rangers by completing an activity guide as they visit the park and museum; and “Hands-on History Carts” available with Rangers in the afternoons in the museum lobbies featuring Civil War dress-up games, parlor games, and other fun.

Gettysburg Battle Anniversary Programs, July 1, 2, & 3
To commemorate the 146th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 2, and 3, Rangers will present special anniversary battle walks to explore key events during the three day battle. These popular programs are three hours in length. This year, some anniversary battle walks cover ground on the battlefield that has only recently been returned to its 1863 appearance as a result of the park’s battlefield rehabilitation efforts.

On July 1 – 3, Rangers are also offering an extensive list of “Real-Time” programs, a series of special short programs that commemorate the 146th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Over three days, 20 programs follow and explain the battle in chronological order and as close as possible to the real time the events described took place. The programs range in length from 30 minutes to an hour. “Real-Time” programs involve minimal walking, although visitors will need to make short drives by vehicle between program locations.

The David Wills House
In early 2009, the National Park Service opened the David Wills House right on the square in downtown Gettysburg to tell the story of the aftermath of battle and Lincoln’s visit to give the Gettysburg Address. Exhibits offer a look at the fighting through the streets of Gettysburg during the battle and the battle’s aftermath. The David Wills House is operated by Main Street Gettysburg, in partnership with Gettysburg National Military Park.

Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and protects the resources associated with the Battle of Gettysburg and the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and provides an understanding of the events that occurred there within the context of American History.

The park's new Museum and Visitor Center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. For more information and a list of these programs go to:


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