Gettysburg Proposes New Fees for 2012
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3121
Contact: Dru Neil, Gettysburg Foundation, (717) 338-2102
Gettysburg, Pa. - The Gettysburg Foundation is proposing a fee increase beginning in January 2012 for tickets to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center’s Cyclorama painting, film and museum experience, and the park concurs.
Ticket fees are collected by the nonprofit Gettysburg Foundation, which is responsible for operations of the museum facility.
"Since the last ticket increase, which was in June 2009, operating costs for the Museum and Visitor Center have increased," said Bob Kirby, superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park. "We anticipate that the 2012 fee increase would create sustainability for the Gettysburg Foundation for a minimum of three years."
The partnership between the NPS and the Gettysburg Foundation requires the Foundation to operate the museum facility on behalf of the NPS and it obligates the Foundation to donate the museum facility and the land upon which it sits to the NPS, debt-free, at the conclusion of the partnership agreement in 2028.
The Gettysburg Foundation is committed to offering visitors a great experience and a great value, sustained into the future," said Joanne Hanley, president of the Gettysburg Foundation. "This proposed increase will allow us to do so while we continue to support the National Park Service in ongoing preservation and education efforts."
The Gettysburg Foundation draws upon ticket revenues and proceeds from the museum bookstore and refreshment saloon, which are meant to: 1) meet operational expenses; 2) maintain a reserve fund for facility and exhibit repair; 3) maintain an operational endowment; 4) provide an annual donation to the National Park Service; 5) pay down $20 million in municipal bonds for construction of the facility.
Suggested 2012 fees are:
· Adult (ages 13+) $ 12.50
· Seniors & Military $ 11.50
· Youth (ages 6-12) $ 8.50
· Child (ages 5 and under) FREE
· Student Group (16+ people) $ 8
· Non-Student Group (16+ people) $ 11
The current fees are:
· Adult (ages 19+) $ 10.50
· Seniors & Military $ 9.50
· Youth (ages 6-18) $ 6.50
· Child (ages 5 and under) FREE
· Student Group $ 6.00
· Non-Student Group (16+ people) $ 7.50
The cost of an annual membership to the Foundation/ Friends of Gettysburg will remain at $32 for an individual and $63 for a family, which allows for unlimited access to the film, museum and cyclorama.
The GettysburgFoundation funded, designed and constructed the park’s $ 103 million Museum and Visitor Center which opened in 2008. The facility addressed long-term problems for the National Park Service such as: preservation of the park's museum collections; preservation of the 1884 Cyclorama painting, which was deteriorating in a building with frequent roof leaks; improved visitor understanding of the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg in the context of the Civil War; and removal of outdated visitor facilities and rehabilitation of the historic battle landscapes upon which the buildings currently reside.
The future of the old Cyclorama building is pending the conclusion of an environmental assessment planning process.
Ongoing Financial Support from the Gettysburg Foundation:
In addition to operating the Museum and Visitor Center, the mission of the Gettysburg Foundation is to work in partnership with the National Park Service to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg. Since 1989 their support includes:
· Nearly 700 acres of land preservation, including the George Spangler farmstead.
· Funding numerous park interpretive and education programs including the 2010 satellite broadcast with 8 million participants.
· Rehabilitation of Devil’s Den, including removal of an intrusive restroom and overhead power lines serving four historic farms.
· Planning, engineering and fundraising for the rehabilitation of Cemetery Ridge, including the demolition of the old visitor center.
· Acquiring and donating significant artifacts to the park.
· Annual leasing of a cannon carriage restoration shop for the park.
· The Gettysburg Foundation will fund the rehabilitation of the Speaker’s Rostrum in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery – a Civil War Sesquicentennial priority for the park.
Numerous Free Opportunities Remain at Gettysburg NMP:
The park and the foundation are committed to welcoming residents of Adams County to the Cyclorama painting, film and museum experience on fee-free "Community Appreciation" days four times per year on Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, and a "Back to School" day in late summer.
Public Comments Accepted on this Proposal:
Comments would be most helpful if they are received by May 2, 2011.
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, nonprofit 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. Information is available at www.gettysburgfoundation.org.
Did You Know?
George Armstrong Custer led a brigade of Michigan cavalry at Gettysburg, his first battle as a brigadier general.