Advisory Commission Receives New Members
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3121
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has appointed four new members to the Gettysburg National Military Park Advisory Commission, whose purpose is to coordinate the management of the park and the Battlefield Historic District with local jurisdictions.
Established by Public Law 101-377 in August 1990, the Advisory Commission is composed of eleven members representing the Borough of Gettysburg and each of the four townships surrounding the park, one member representing Adams County government, one member representing the State Historic Preservation Office, two members who are Adams County residents, and one member with expertise in local historic preservation. All members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. The park superintendent, representing the Director of the National Park Service, serves as the eleventh member.
New members are:
Andrew D. Merkel - Nominated by the Adams County Commissioners. Mr. Merkel is the Senior Planner for the Adams County Office of Planning and Development with special interests in transportation planning.
David P. Waybright - Nominated by the Cumberland Township Supervisors. Mr. Waybright is the Chair of the Cumberland Township Board of Supervisors and a life-long resident of Cumberland Township. He is the owner/operator of Way-brite farms.
Phillip Morey - Nominated by the Mount Joy Township Supervisors. Mr. Morey is principal consultant in microbiology for ENVIRON International Corporation. He resides in Mt. Joy Township, and has a Ph.D. in Biology from Yale University.
Barbara J. Finfrock - Self nominated. Ms. Finfrock retired from the federal government and has been an active volunteer in planning and historic preservation in the Gettysburg area since 1991. She currently serves on the Highland Township planning commission, and on the board of the nonprofit Gettysburg Foundation. She is the author of "Twenty Years on 6,000 Acres," a 2008 book about preservation efforts on the Gettysburg battlefield. Ms. Finfrock will serve as an Adams County resident with no land interests inside the park boundary.
William E. Troxell - Nominated by the Borough of Gettysburg Council. Mr. Troxell is the Mayor of Gettysburg and has served on the commission since 1997. He is a retired teacher and currently serves as a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide.
Gerard J. Lawrence, Jr. - Nominated by the Mount Pleasant Township Supervisors. Mr. Lawrence is a teacher with a master's degree in education administration and supervision. He is interested in local historical preservation.
Harold W. Nelson - Self nominated. Mr. Nelson is a Brigadier General, U. S. Army (Retired) and holds a Ph.D. in history. He is a professional historian and held the position of Chief of Military History for the U.S. Army from 1989 to 1994. He currently serves as chair of the park Advisory Commission. Brig.Gen. Nelson will serve as an expert in historic preservation.
Gerald M. Hoffman - Self nominated. Mr. Hoffman is employed by Lockheed-Martin Corp. and lives in the "Jacob Weikert" house, a pre-civil war farm house located within the boundary of Gettysburg National Military Park. The National Park Service has a conservation easement on the property. Mr. Hoffman will serve as an Adams County resident with land interests inside the park boundary.
Jean H. Cutler - Nominated by the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office. Ms. Cutler has served as Pennsylvania's Director of the Bureau for Historic Preservation since 2001. She has a broad range of experience in arts and historical organizations and government agencies and was honored in 2000 with the Catherine Coffey Award for service excellence to museum in the mid-Atlantic region. She has served on the park Advisory Commission since 2001.
In August 2009, Mr. Robert H. Prosperi was appointed by the Secretary to represent Straban Township. Mr. Prosperi is a historian with experience providing leadership training seminars based on studies of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Did You Know?
John Burns, a 72 year old veteran of the War of 1812 and resident of Gettysburg, fought side by side with Union soldiers on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg. His service is commemorated by a battlefield statue at Gettysburg National Military Park.