Monday, October 21, 2013

Organization of the Week: The Gettysburg Foundation

Every Monday, I highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of the United States.

This week, I am featuring the Gettysburg Foundation. Originally established in 1989 as the Friends of Gettysburg, the Gettysburg Foundation is a 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. In addition to operating the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, the Foundation has a broad preservation mission that includes education, land, monument and artifact preservation and battlefield rehabilitation - all in support of the National Park Service’s goals at Gettysburg.

The Foundation opened the Gettysburg National Park Museum and Visitor Center in April 2008, on behalf of the National Park Service, without federal funding. Additionally, it has helped Gettysburg National Military Park acquire and preserve more than five hundred acres of battlefield land; funded nearly a dozen major battlefield rehabilitation projects to bring the field closer to its 1863 appearance; secured assistance to preserve numerous monuments and cannons; provided for the development of cutting-edge and award-winning exhibits, educational programs and services; and provided more than 20,000 volunteer hours to preserve the park’s cultural and commemorative resources.

The Gettysburg Foundation relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, special events, and exhibits hosted by the Gettysburg Foundation or to become a member or volunteer, please call 717-338-1243 or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org.

If you are a member of a non-profit organization or know of one that you would like to see featured on this site, please let us know in the comments or send an e-mail to kelly@thehistorygirl.com.


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