• Gettysburg National Military Park

    Gettysburg

    National Military Park Pennsylvania

Sacred Trust, One Hundred Fifty Years of History

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Date: June 26, 2012
Contact: Gettysburg Foundation, (877) 874-2478

Renowned authors, historians, and National Park Service Rangers will share perspectives on the Battle of Gettysburg and events of 1862, the second year of the American Civil War on the 150th Anniversary during the 8th annual Sacred Trust Talks and Book Signings Event June 29, 30 and July 1 at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park, this event is free and open to the public. All historians, park rangers and authors will be signing books after their presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event. A complete schedule of talks and book signings can be viewed at www.gettysburgfoundation.org.

The Gettysburg Foundation presents the "A Sacred Trust: Gettysburg Perspectives" talks and book signing series each year to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and it complements other activities at the Museum and Visitor Center, including the National Park Service's special battle anniversary programs.

In addition to the "Sacred Trust" lecture series, the Gettysburg Foundation will present an "Evening with the Painting" program on Friday, June 29, beginning at 6 p.m. and the "What in the World is a Cyclorama?" program Saturday, June 30 at 6 p.m. In both programs, participants will explore the history and conservation of cyclorama paintings followed by an "after-hours" viewing of the massive "Pickett's Charge" Cyclorama painting. Tickets are available in advance at www.gettysburgfoundation.org or by calling 877-874-2478. Tickets are also available for purchase at the ticket counter in the lobby of the Museum and Visitor Center.

All of these special events complement the Cyclorama, Film and Museum Experience at the Museum and Visitor Center, featuring the Cyclorama - the nation's largest painting. The experience includes the Morgan Freeman-narrated film, A New Birth of Freedom, and the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War. Tickets may be purchased online at www.gettysburgfoundation.org or by calling 877-874-2478. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit battlefield preservation.

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, 1195 Baltimore Pike, in Gettysburg. 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, the Friends of Gettysburg (the membership component of the Gettysburg Foundation), visiting Gettysburg, or becoming a part of the history of Gettysburg through your contribution, visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 877-874-2478.

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Abraham Lincoln (Library of Congress)

Asked to provide "a few appropriate remarks", President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is recognized today as one of the greatest speeches of his presidency.