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Park Announces 52 Footsteps Facebook Challenge

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Date: January 2, 2013
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3121

52 Footsteps
(Gettysburg National Military Park/ Dave R. Rodriguez)

Haven't got a New Year's resolution yet? Try Gettysburg National Military Park's "52 Footsteps" Facebook Challenge! Each Wednesday throughout 2013, Park Rangers will introduce you to a new person - and one dog - involved in or affected by the battle of Gettysburg. The "52 Footsteps Facebook Challenge" is available on the park's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GettysburgNMP.

As the Challenge introduction posted this week states: "Your challenge is to get to the Gettysburg spot where that person stood, snap your picture, and post it here. Ourchallenge is to introduce you to new and lesser known stories and places around Gettysburg. We're looking for at least 150 photographs to be posted, one for each year since the battle. How many of the 52 Footsteps Challenges will YOU take on?"

National Park Service staff at Gettysburg is using the challenge to introduce Facebook friends to new and lesser known stories and places around Gettysburg. The first "52 Footsteps" challenge will be issued on Wednesday, January 2. 

For those unable to get to Gettysburg often, the park is offering additional photo challenges in areas throughout the country. For example, if you can't make it to the Angle on Gettysburg's Cemetery Ridge to snap your photo in the spot where John Cassidy was hit by a bullet through a Bible near his heart, but you can make it to his burial site in Philadelphia, you have met the weekly challenge. 

Some of the featured stories include: Thaddeus Stevens, the staunch abolitionist who lived and worked in Gettysburg from 1816-1842; Elizabeth Thorn, caretaker of the town cemetery who carried out some of the first burials while six months pregnant; and Federico Cavada, Cuban immigrant fighting with the 114thPennsylvania Infantry near the Peach Orchard. 

The "52 Footsteps Facebook Challenge" is part of Gettysburg National Military Park's commemoration of the 150thanniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. For more information about Gettysburg 150: A New Birth of Freedom commemorative events presented by Gettysburg National Military Park go the special events page on the park's website at http://www.nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/events.htm.

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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