Posts belonging to Category 'Gettysburg'

Four million tourists expected for 150th anniversary

Called the town’s “Olympic moment,” the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg already has local officials working to prepare for a deluge of visitors.
Just last week, officials detailed plans to turn a building at the Lutheran Theological Seminary into a museum in time for the anniversary, and Gettysburg National Military Park’s superintendent called for [...]

Veterans rally for Mason-Dixon casino

 Veterans gathered Monday to rally for the proposed casino site in Adams County. Opponents have argued that site is just too close to the Civil War battlefields.
The opponents want to preserve the historic war fields and say the casino will take away from their meaning. Veterans said they are for it because the casino would [...]

ABC’s Sam Donaldson to help commemorate Dedication Day

Former ABC News reporter Sam Donaldson will give the keynote speech to commemorate the 147th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on Friday, Nov. 19, during a ceremony in Soldiers’ National Cemetery.
Ceremonies will begin at 10:15 a.m. with a wreath-laying ceremony at the base of the Soldiers’ National Monument in the cemetery. The morning [...]

Will benches save the trolleys?

After listening to a 15-minute presentation on the status of the Freedom Transit system Tuesday night, Gettysburg Borough Council promised to help the bus operator meet its ridership goals.
Freedom Transit Director Richard Farr and Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Bob Kirby have proposed installing benches at selected stops downtown, to help boost ridership numbers to [...]

Tree sale a ‘tremendous success’

The answering machine is full and can’t take any more messages.
The new e-mail account has been blinking like ticker tape.
And Bruce Kile’s driveway – nestled away in a forested corner of Adams County – was, for a while last week, the site of an eight-car traffic jam.
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Millions for 150

The federal government is investing millions of dollars into battlefield rehab projects at Gettysburg National Military Park, as the park prepares for the 150th anniversary celebration of the Civil War.
“Every where you go, it seems like we have some sort of project,” says GNMP Superintendent Bob Kirby.
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Zach Bolitho selected as the new Chief of Resource Management at Gettysburg National Military Park

 Zach Bolitho has been selected as the new Chief of
Resource Management for Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower
National Historic Site. He returns to Gettysburg from Lewis and Clark
National Historical Park in Astoria, Oregon, where he was Chief of
Resources.
“Zach will be bringing his special blend of knowledge, experience, and
energy to this critical management position for the [...]

Fast traffic causes monument damage

Careless driving has resulted in monument damage at Gettysburg National Military Park, leading Superintendent Bob Kirby to announce that memorial relocation is being considered.
Kirby also reported that new signage and traffic control devices, such as bumper strips, are planned along battlefield roadways, to deter further collisions between vehicles and monuments.
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Tree cutting resumes at park

Tree removal is entering its 10th year at Gettysburg National Military Park, where crews are trying to convert the 6,000-acre battlefield to its Civil War appearance.
The park’s General Management Plan of 1999 aims for the removal of 576 acres of non-historic trees. According to GNMP spokeswoman Katie Lawhon, park contractors have removed 324 acres over [...]

Rendell, vet groups opposing Gettysburg casino idea

Gov. Ed Rendell and officials of some veterans groups have joined the opposition to a plan to put a small casino with slots and table games near the historic Gettysburg battlefield.
Mr. Rendell, who also had been against a previous Gettysburg casino plan in 2006, expressed opposition to the new plan for a resort hotel casino [...]