On Thursday and Friday, the National Park Service is holding two open houses to gather public comments on the future of the Cyclorama building. The open houses will be held on September 16, at 7:00 p.m., immediately following the business portion of the park Advisory Commission meeting, until 9:00 p.m., and September 17, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Both events will take place at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Ford Education Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike.
Gettysburg National Military Park is responding to a decision of the U.S. District Court directing the NPS to undertake a site-specific environmental analysis on the demolition of the Cyclorama building and to consider “non-demolition alternatives” to its removal before any implementing action is taken on the building. The planning process will consider a range of alternatives including: keeping the building in its current site and “mothballing” it; reusing the building in its current site; relocating the building to a new site; and demolishing the building to return the area to its appearance at the time of the fighting of this pivotal Civil War battle in July 1863.
The National Park Service is asking for the public’s thoughtful evaluation and comments on these questions: What are the planning issues we should be thinking about?; What are the alternatives we should be considering?; and What are the important impacts we should be evaluating?
Information about the planning process will be available for review at the open houses and on the Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website available via www.nps.gov/gett, click on “Management” and then click on “Public Involvement.” It is also on the website: parkplanning.nps.gov.
For more information or questions concerning the planning process, please contact park management assistant Katie Lawhon at 717/ 334-1124 x 3121.
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 here in the context of American History.