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 Posted: Wed Feb 20th, 2008 03:17 pm
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New Museum and Visitor Center
At Gettysburg National Military Park
Will Open April 14


Gettysburg, Pa. (February 20, 2008) — The Gettysburg Foundation announced
today that the new Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National
Military Park will open to visitors at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 14, 2008.

“We want this new Gettysburg experience to inspire visitors about the past,
to encourage them to want to learn more about the events that have shaped
our country and, in the process, to become better citizens,”  said Robert
C. Wilburn, president of the Gettysburg Foundation.  “The new Museum and
Visitor Center is designed to meet visitors’ expectations of a 21st-century
museum. At the same time, we want to tell the story of the Battle of
Gettysburg, within the context of the causes and consequences of the Civil
War, in a way that showcases the Battlefield.  And we want to encourage
people to extend their stays and return more often.”

“The new museum will better prepare visitors to walk the sacred ground of
the Gettysburg battlefield and see it through the soldier’s eyes,” said
John Latschar, superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park.

To date, the Foundation has secured more than $105 million toward its $125
million Campaign to Preserve Gettysburg.  Funds from the campaign are being
used to build, furnish and operate the new Museum and Visitor Center, to
preserve the park’s extensive collection of Civil War artifacts and
archives, including the massive Cyclorama painting, to support battlefield
rehabilitation and preservation programs, including the return of Ziegler’s
Grove to its 1863 appearance, to improve the visitor experience at
Gettysburg, and to create an endowment to support future preservation and
maintenance needs.

Park curatorial staff has begun moving objects and artifacts into the
collection storage area on the lower level.  Staff from the Foundation is
moving into the administrative offices at the new Museum and Visitor Center
this week. National Park Service staff will make the move into the new
facilities from their offices in the Visitor Center on Taneytown Road just
prior to the mid-April opening.



 Posted: Thu Feb 21st, 2008 01:18 am
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now i gotta convince my parents that Gettysburg would be the perfect vacation for this year. thanks for lettin us know bout it



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 Posted: Thu Feb 21st, 2008 12:55 pm
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Bama, will you be there for the friend's work day, June 7,2008? I plan to participate. If anyone else is going please post so perhaps we could put a face (Johan will still wear his hat)with your name.



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Sounds like a plan, but I'm figuring to be in Charleston later in June so will have to pass on Gettysburg.

ole



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I'll be at Senior Week during the Friend's Work Day, but I'll definitely be at the Visitor Center on opening day. Can't go in the morning, but right after school, that's where I'll be.



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 Posted: Tue Feb 26th, 2008 01:43 am
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I'll actually be there on the 12th so, I miss it by 2 days.
Our Sons of Union Veterans camp is sponsoring a 1 day trip to G-burg in order to raise some $$$ for CW preservation activities.
I did ask if they could give us a pre-opening tour but, they turned us down immediately. I figured I had to ask. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.



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I was just there last night for the sneak peak they gave to us locals.

If anyone's interested, you can read about it on my blog: http://tenroads.blogspot.com/2008/04/introducing-new-gettysburg-visitor.html



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I'll be at home crying because I don't have enough money to feed the dog let alone travel anywhere...maybe buying all those books wasn't such a good idea.:)

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Rob



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Great description of the new visitors centre, Sarah. Naturally, what matters most is how good the coffee is.



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Sarah nice blog and interesting review of the visitors center. 

Take care.

Susan



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Well I was there at 10:00 Am this morning and was really impressed with the whole building. The looks are great and really blend into the surroundings..I will go along with the airport look in the main lobby which did not charm me too much. The Museum was really nice and looks great. They let you take pictures in there also. I think because the glass everything is behind looks a bit tinted I would believe for that reason only. There are screens with little movies going on about the battle all through the Museum. It is a little cramped in there with a lot of people but still well done. A little confusing when you first go in. The museum houses some artifacts I did not realize were in the old museum. Like the pen that Grant and Lee used for signing the surrender. The ball that was taken from the Barn at the Trostle Farm that was thought to make the hole in the barn. I watched the movie "New Birth Of Freedom"..It is 22 minutes long and cost 8.00 to watch it.  Save your money...The Theater is really nice with great sound..Wish they would have had something better than that. I was not really impressed there. If you know anything about the CW than this film will teach you nothing...If your going bring your Credit Cards and your first born. The prices are high in the gift shop..If you look around town you will find some of the items are much cheaper. Ex..DVD selling in town for $ 15 to $ 19 bucks..In the gift shop same DVDs sell for $ 25...Same with the books..There are some items there you wont find downtown so if you want them you will have to get them there. If any are familiar with the card game DIXIE they have 1st Bull Run and Shilo but at a cost of $70.00 I but them back...I managed to buy one thing there a Plastic Cooperman Fife for $ 10.00 the going price for them...And I was really impressed with it..It sounds better than my 1863 Firth and Pond...:)..I am sure when the Cyclorama Painting is back up in September it will make it a bit nicer..Was a little dissapointed with so few Battlefield Guides on hand for the first day...Could not get one for 2 hours and I did not have that long to wait around...All in all it is nice but dont forget your wallet...

Johnny Huma



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