Community Appreciation Day Scheduled for November 11
The Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park will honor Adams County residents on Community Appreciation Day, Monday, November 11, 2013, with free admission to the Cyclorama, Film and Museum Experience at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Community Appreciation Days are offered four times a year. Since this fourth and final appreciation day of the year falls on Veterans Day, military veterans will also be admitted free of charge.
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
The Museum and Visitor Center will be open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., with the first Cyclorama and A New Birth of Freedom film presentation scheduled for 8:15 a.m.; the final show will be at 4:15 p.m. Due to the popularity of previous community events, visitors are encouraged to arrive early. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Advance reservations are not available for Community Appreciation Day tickets, and rain checks will not be available.) Local visitors should be prepared to show proof of Adams County residence, such as a driver's license, at the ticket counter in the main lobby of the Museum and Visitor Center.
David Wills House Delivers History and Preservation
The Civil War came to the doorstep of the David Wills home in 1863 as Confederate soldiers occupied the town and the Wills house was used by wounded and dying soldiers. Months later President Abraham Lincoln stayed in this home just before delivering his Gettysburg Address. The David Wills House offers a self-guided museum tour that includes five galleries, two recreated rooms, including the Lincoln bedroom, two interactive stations, two films and a gift shop. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.and admission is free to Adams County residents, active duty military and military veterans onNovember 11.
Rupp House History Center Offers Civilian and Soldier Experiences
Please visit us at the Gettysburg Foundation's Rupp House History Center, 451 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, on November 11 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.in conjunction with Community Appreciation Day. Through interactive exhibits that use sight, sound, touch and even smell, Rupp House visitors are able to immerse themselves in 19th century culture and learn about the civilians and the soldiers who struggled here, the John Rupp family and the preservation work that is critical to understanding the Battle of Gettysburg. Admission is free.
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. Information is available at www.nps.gov/gett.
The Gettysburg Foundation is a private, non-profit educational organization working in partnership with the National Park Service to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg. The Foundation raised funds for and now operates the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park, which opened in April 2008. In addition to operating the Museum and Visitor Center, the Foundation has a broad preservation mission that includes land, monument and artifact preservation and battlefield rehabilitation—all in support of the National Park Service's goals at Gettysburg.
For information about the Foundation, about visiting Gettysburg, or how you can become a part of the history of Gettysburg through your contribution, please visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 717-338-1243.
Did You Know?
The statue of General Robert E. Lee atop the Virginia Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park was sculpted by F. William Sievers. A similar equestrian statue of Lee is located on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia.