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Contact: Katie Lawhon, 717-334-1124 x 3121
Gettysburg, PA – The National Park Service is preparing foundation documents to guide planning and management of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. The public is invited to participate in this effort at an open house on April 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. Since the meeting is being held after visiting hours, access will be through the group entrance of the museum building.
A foundation document involves examining a national park unit's core purpose and significance, its most important resources and values, and the interpretive themes that tell the park's important stories.
The foundation document will affirm the underlying guidance for future management and planning decisions at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. Preparing the foundation document is an important step for considering the park's future planning and study needs. Although the document does not make decisions about the future of the park, it describes a shared understanding of what is most important about the park.
The National Park Service invites you to play a role in charting the park's future by sharing your thoughts on what is most important about Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, and to help identify their most pressing threats and their greatest opportunities. Your input and participation is essential to the success of this process and will help guide the development of the foundation document.
All park units in the national park system will have a foundation document by 2016, the 100-year anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service. Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site are part of a nationwide effort to complete foundation documents for all 407 park units in the park system.