Restoring Civility in American Democracy: Lessons from Gettysburg and Lincoln
Dr. Matthew C. Moen, President of the Gettysburg Foundation, is on the road again! On March 21 he will speak to students about civility and American democracy at Missouri University of Science and Technology--Missouri S&T--in Rolla, MO.
Disagreement permeates American public life, with leaders locked in struggle over public policy choices and citizens telling pollsters the steady conflict is becoming a significant source of stress in their personal lives. How do we emerge from this season of ill-will among us as Americans? How do we restore political civility? Part of the answer is looking back for guidance to the epic battle of Gettysburg and the healing words of President Lincoln, when the unfinished work of democracy was evident; another part is experimenting with public policy solutions to foster more civility.
Dr. Moen will illustrate the practical lessons students can learn from Lincoln, as well as the sacrifice and selflessness of the townspeople of Gettysburg in the aftermath of searing destruction.
A view of Mark Bradford’s Pickett Charge installation at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Gettysburg Foundation at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum
Recently, a group of more than 20 Friends of the Gettysburg Foundation enjoyed a special tour of Pickett’s Charge, Mark Bradford’s monumental installation at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The new painting spans nearly 400 feet and explores how the narrative of this pivotal event has been shaped over time. Bradford’s exhibit is a custom installation utilizing the circular shape of the Hirshhorn to reimagine French artist Paul Philippoteaux’s nineteenth-century, Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama in a modern context.
Dr. Matthew C. Moen, President of the Gettysburg Foundation, welcomed attendees and spoke about the Foundation’s work in placing Gettysburg at the center of the larger story of conflict and conciliation in American democracy. Moen praised the collaboration between the Hirshhorn and the Gettysburg Foundation that made this event possible, pointing out that Gettysburg has an incredible story to tell that resonates in many different ways with different audiences.
Sue Boardman, author of books and articles about the 19th century Cyclorama and Director of the Gettysburg Foundation’s Executive Leadership Program, shared the historical context of the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama. Pointing out that “Cycloramas were history’s original Imax theaters,” expected to draw crowds, Boardman explored how viewers were encouraged to lose themselves in the events depicted in these monumental works.
Hirshhorn Senior Curator Evelyn Hankins shared the difficulties of transporting and installing the Bradford piece before leading the group on a tour of the exhibit. Focusing upon Bradford’s unique response to our current political and cultural climate, Hankins also pointed out how Bradford used the museum’s distinctive architecture to tell his story.
Pickett’s Charge is on display at the Hirshhorn through November 12, 2018.
Army-issued cigarette lighter carried by Gen. Eisenhower during World War II.
New Eisenhower at Gettysburg Exhibit at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center
Gettysburg Foundation and Eisenhower National Historic Site are pleased to announce the debut of an exciting new exhibit featuring a variety of objects from the Eisenhower National Historic Site’s museum collection. The exhibit, titled Eisenhower’s Leadership from Camp Colt to D-Day, provides a look at two pivotal events in the military career of Dwight David Eisenhower.
During the First World War, Captain Eisenhower arrived in Gettysburg in March 1918 to organize and lead Camp Colt, a training ground for the Army’s new Tank Corps. Set upon the hallowed Gettysburg battlefield, Eisenhower’s men lacked the proper equipment for training and struggled against the Spanish flu. Eisenhower overcame these difficulties, and at Camp Colt, a leader emerged.
Twenty-six years later, General Eisenhower found himself in a position of much greater responsibility. On June 6, 1944, as the supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, Eisenhower oversaw the invasion of Nazi-occupied France via the beaches of Normandy. The largest amphibious landing in history was a success and paved the way for the Allied liberation of Western Europe. Eisenhower’s leadership shone again in the Second World War.
Highlights of the Exhibit Spotlight include equipment issued to an officer at Camp Colt who volunteered for the Tank Corps, “dog tags” of an enlisted man at the camp that survived the Spanish flu pandemic, the Army-issued cigarette lighter carried by General Eisenhower throughout World War II, and a piece of barbed wire from the German defenses at Point du Hoc.
Free and open to the public, the exhibit runs through 2018, and is the newest display of artifacts within this specific area of the Museum and Visitor Center. The Exhibit Spotlight gallery annually features a new theme and rotation of artifacts that connect soldiers, civilians and generals to places on the Gettysburg battlefield. Visitors have the opportunity to follow the journey of the person featured in the exhibit through their Gettysburg experience—watching the story unfold as they explore the connections found in both the Museum and Visitor Center and on the battlefield.
Planning is underway for future Eisenhower exhibits, made possible by the Tawani Foundation/Pritzker Military Foundation.
Weekend Activities at the Museum and Visitor Center
The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is perfect for families and groups. Just this weekend, visitors can experience 10 films, a reading adventure for kids, a ranger talk on Lee’s army and Southern Culture after Gettysburg, an artist’s talk about battlefield art over 30 years, a light and sound show of our massive Cyclorama painting, one-of-a-kind artifacts, interactive displays, 12 exhibit galleries, battlefield tours and two presidential historic sites. Best of all, we are only two hours away from Washington D.C.! Come discover America’s common ground and be inspired.
Pictured left to right: Brian Kingery, Director, Operations, Pella; Daniel M. Bringman, Executive Vice President, Gettysburg Foundation; Beth Kirby, Vice President of Philanthropy, Gettysburg Foundation; Tabetha Miller, PHR, HR Manager, Pella; and Brian Baculik, Gettysburg Plant Manager, Pella.
Pella Rolscreen Foundation Supports Spangler Trail
The Pella Rolscreen Foundation is actively supporting the building of the hiking and interpretive trail out to the George Spangler Farm from the Museum and Visitor Center. A check was recently presented to the Gettysburg Foundation by a team from Pella, including Brian Kingery, Director of Operations, Brian Baculik, Gettysburg Plant Manager, and Tabetha Miller, Human Resources Manager.
“We are very thankful to the Pella Rolscreen Foundation for their active support in each of the Pella communities,” said Brian Baculik, Plant Manager of the Gettysburg manufacturing site. “This grant enables Pella Gettysburg to support another great community organization in the Gettysburg Foundation. The Spangler Farm’s story is historically significant and this trail will enable our community and visitors to access that story throughout the year. Our local Pella family is very proud to be part of such a great project.”
“We are grateful for the support of our neighbors at the Pella Rolscreen Foundation,” said Matthew C. Moen, president of the Gettysburg Foundation. “The George Spangler Farm Trail will connect the historic farm to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, allowing us to open the farm to the public for the entire year. We continue to move ahead with this project by completing archeological testing, and we look forward to a trail that provides visitors new recreational and educational opportunities.”
For over 65 years, the Pella Rolscreen Foundation has provided support for the communities where Pella Corporation employees live and work. The Foundation supports a broad range of non-profit educational, civic, and cultural organizations through, grants, matching gifts, and a volunteer recognition program.
Gettysburg Foundation Recognizes Presidents’ Day
2018 Marks the 10th Anniversary of the Opening of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
Gettysburg has long been a place of pilgrimage for American presidents, where they have remembered Americans lost to conflict, reflected upon our country’s resolve to reconcile deep divisions, and pursued diplomacy. Some of the most well-known presidential connections include president Abraham Lincoln and his Gettysburg Address and president Dwight D. Eisenhower making his home here, but fifteen presidents have made a pilgrimage to Gettysburg since 1863. Notably, Theodore Roosevelt in 1904, Woodrow Wilson in 1913 and John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Gettysburg is America’s common ground—a place to gather, learn and remember the struggles of a young nation. The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center provides that important sanctuary where, each year, over one million people find inspiration. The Museum and Visitor Center is the product of the vision, passion and dedication of the Gettysburg Foundation’s supporters who see the importance of this hallowed ground. We believe in the power of Gettysburg as a gathering place for those who have come here and upheld the bold mission to preserve and share this historic national treasure.
Matthew C. Moen, president, Gettysburg Foundation
Moen To Speak at Elizabethtown College
Disagreement now permeates American public life, with citizens telling pollsters that political conflict is becoming a significant source of stress in their personal lives. How do we restore a better atmosphere? How do we build a more positive outlook? Looking back to respectful leaders, such as Abraham Lincoln, whose Gettysburg Address spoke clearly of the unfinished work of democracy, Matthew C. Moen, president of the Gettysburg Foundation, will take a look at fixing civility in American democracy at Elizabethtown College on February 12, 2018. Open to the public.
About Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown College, with 1,671 undergraduates from 28 states and 23 foreign countries, is an independent, residential, coeducational college in historic Lancaster County, in south-central Pennsylvania. The College, established by the Church of the Brethren in 1899, maintains 18 academic departments, offering 45 majors and 108 minors and concentrations. The core curriculum emphasizes the arts, humanities and sciences.
Gettysburg Foundation Accepts Generous Donation from Longtime Friend
Steven Pacholyk’s interest in Gettysburg came at a very young age. He made his first trip to the Gettysburg National Military Park at 8 years old with his parents and was forever changed. “That first trip was more than a family trip for me,” Steven recalled. “Gettysburg called out to me in a very personal way. It was then, that I decided to dedicate my life to studying the great battle and it has become a life long journey.”
Steven went on to become the youngest living Licensed Battlefield Guide in Gettysburg’s history and the second youngest to pass the Guide’s exam at just 16 years old. While he has also gone on to have a very successful career in business and as an entrepreneur, Gettysburg remains very important to him.
This past year, Steven deepened his commitment to Gettysburg by joining the Guardians Society and making a large planned gift to the Foundation stating, “It is our duty as Americans to preserve and respect this special place. The Gettysburg Foundation is an incredible organization that offers a unique opportunity for people of all backgrounds to come together for a common cause; to preserve this battlefield and the memory of those who fought here for generations to come.”
“We are so appreciative of Steven’s contribution to assist us with our vast preservation and education mission,” said Gettysburg Foundation President Dr. Matthew C. Moen. “His depth of knowledge about and passion for Gettysburg and its expanded story is inspiring to all of us.”
To learn more about joining the Guardians Society and making a planned gift to the Gettysburg Foundation, please contact Jay Zeiler at 717-339-2103 or [email protected]
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Now Open
One hundred years ago, Thomas Edison worked on an electric car battery at his West Orange laboratory in New Jersey. In April 2017, the West Orange laboratory at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park was where BMW appropriately unveiled the first of 100 electric vehicle charging (EVC) stations to be installed at National Park Service sites. Four level-two charging stations were unveiled in West Orange, kicking off installations across the nation.
In the fall of 2017, BMW installed EVC stations at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Working with the Gettysburg Foundation and the National Park Service, BMW installed the charging stations.
The vehicle charging stations offer two of the level-two chargers at this time. The level-two charger can power up an electric vehicle in about two to three hours. The stations opened for public use on December 21, 2017 and are currently up and running.
The first person to use the charging station had this to say about the experience: “The charging station was easy to use. I downloaded the SemaConnect app, filled in some personal info and my phone was ready. I connected the power cable and started the charge through the app. I could see the car charging through the app (and my car also acknowledged that it was charging). Cool! I truly appreciate all the "green" aspects of the Visitor's Center, and these charging stations are another great addition.”
For those using the EVC stations, the required BAE number is located on the left-hand side of each charging unit. The cost to charge is $1/hour for every hour your vehicle is plugged into the charging station. You will be charged as long as your vehicle is plugged in, so please remember to unplug and move your vehicle as soon as it is fully charged.
Pennsylvania State Representative Carol Hill-Evans welcomed the students to the House on January 22, 2018.
Great Task Youth Leadership Award Recipients Recognized on Dedication Day and in the Commonwealth of PA House of Representatives
The Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park announced in November that the Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy (York, PA) was selected to receive the Great Task Leadership Award.
The students were invited to participate in Gettysburg’s Dedication Day ceremony on November 19th, the 154th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, where they received the 2017 Great Task Award, a certificate and a check for $500 to put toward their community service project. The Gettysburg Foundation President, Dr. Matthew C. Moen and Acting Superintendent for Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, Charles E. “Chuck” Hunt, were on hand to congratulate the students from the STEAM Academy for their achievement.
On January 22, 2018 the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania House of Representatives honored Edgar Fahs Smith Middle School STEAM Academy students at the State Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion and ultimately in the House of Representatives for their achievement in receiving the 2017 Great Task Award. State Representative Carol Hill-Evans acknowleded the Gettysburg Foundation and recognized the STEAM Academy during the January 22 House session.
The students won the competition based upon the worthy community causes of their projects, including:
- "Hindered but Never Alone": students visit residents of nursing homes and patients in hospitals
- "Workers for the Homeless": students go to homeless shelters to hand out materials and supplies that are needed
- "STEAM Pet Helpers": students work to raise money for shelter pet needs and finding safe homes for animals
- "Anti-racism": students work on a peace march and create signage to promote tolerance in their community
Thanks to the Robert H. Smith Foundation, the Arthur J. & Lee R. Glatfelter Foundation and the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park are able to offer the Great Task Youth Leadership Experience, free of charge, to these students.
The Friends of Gettysburg’s Momentum Continues to Grow
The Friends of Gettysburg accomplished great things in 2017. Some highlights include:
- Raising over $100,000 to complete the fundraising for the interpretive trail connecting the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center to the George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Site with a spur to Powers Hill.
- Donating over $1 million to support the Gettysburg Foundation’s robust mission.
- Volunteering nearly 10,000 hours through battlefield rehabilitation projects, clerical duties, visitor services, managing the Friends desk, and several other critical jobs throughout the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park.
- Attending several educational events including Spring and Fall Muster, Encounters With History programs, Volunteer Workday, and exclusive First Corps only events.
This momentum will only build in 2018. The Friends will provide funding for the rehabilitation of Little Round Top, participate in the Volunteer Workday and Friends events, and strive to move the Foundation’s new strategic plan forward to further engage Americans in Gettysburg’s broader story.
The Recruits, Friends aged 18-40, will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Spangler orchard, bottle their newest batch of Rose Farm Orchard cider, and continue to host GETT TALKING events—their new live-streamed educational initiative that encourages an open and honest dialogue about some of the country’s most controversial topics.
“We have an ambitious year planned but if anyone can accomplish these goals, it’s the Friends,” said Beth Kirby Vice President of Philanthropy for Gettysburg Foundation. “I’m looking forward to another year of hard work, engaging programs, and camaraderie.”
To join the Friends, please visit our website or contact the Friends department at 717.339.2156.
Gettysburg Foundation Announces Cemetery Ridge Preservation Project Is Now Complete
Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation held a special ceremony on October 6 to recognize years of joint effort to preserve the iconic Cemetery Ridge on the Gettysburg battlefield. The ceremony marked the end of the Gettysburg Foundation’s role in rehabilitating Cemetery Ridge, its work now completed.
“This event was purposefully timed with the start of our Fall Muster,” explained Dr. Matthew Moen, president of the Gettysburg Foundation. “The timing is a small way of recognizing the volunteer work of the Friends of Gettysburg, led by Barbara Finfrock, along with donations totaling $2.6 million to preserve Cemetery Ridge for future generations.”
In prepared remarks, Moen thanked Gettysburg National Military Park leadership and staff for their efforts, noting that with a final gift from the Foundation, “we bring to an end our role in one of the nation's most compelling and successful park preservation projects.”
The celebration was kicked off by Chief of Interpretation, Christopher Gwinn, who provided historical context to this portion of the battlefield. He used the example of 136th New York Volunteer Regiment that occupied Ziegler’s Grove, battling Confederate sharpshooters in the southern end of town. “During the entire three days, the men of the 136th New York were involved in nothing more than skirmishing,” noted Gwinn. “And yet, astoundingly, the regiment suffered over one hundred casualties including seventeen killed, a testament to the ferocity of the fighting here.”
“All of us here remember what used to be on this spot,” continued Gwinn. “There was the old visitor center, the bus and car parking lot, the Cyclorama building, a battlefield altered for a parking lot, rather than a parking lot designed for a battlefield. And we can congratulate ourselves, rightly so, for being the generation and the agents for taking this landscape, and from it removing the last unnecessary vestiges of commercialism and development, and giving it back to the men who fought and died here, and in so doing, giving it back to ourselves and to our children. On behalf of the National Park Service, many thanks to the Friends of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Foundation for your time and energy and effort in helping make this transformation possible.”
Thomas Forsyth, Acting Superintendent at Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site, presented the Gettysburg Foundation with a certificate in honor of the many contributions of the Friends and/or donors to this project.
“For the first time in decades this portion of Cemetery Ridge will have its historic appearance, offering fresh experiences for a new generation of Gettysburg visitors as well as those returning visitors who, for years, have been drawn here by the power of this place, Gettysburg,” said Forsyth. “The National Park Service Staff lent their multi-layered skills, expertise, pride and enthusiasm to this project whether they were researching the historic landscapes, reconstructing walls, relocating monuments or interpreting the story, all for the memory of the soldiers brave deeds and the benefit of our visitors.”
Gettysburg National Military Park will continue to preserve and upgrade the area in perpetuity.
Gettysburg Wins Again!
Gettysburg has been recognized by the Student and Youth Travel Association (SYTA) as a top destination for student travel. SYTA is the non-profit, professional trade association that promotes student and youth group travel, with members that provide life enhancing travel experiences to students and young people. SYTA establishes high quality and safety standards for travel providers. The vision is to help students and youth gain greater understanding of the world through the experience of travel. Each year, Teach & Travel—SYTA’s official publication—features the top destinations for student groups as reported by SYTA member tour operators. Gettysburg is in their top ten for 2018. The full list will be published in the May issue of Teach & Travel.
A geothermal heating and cooling system was installed during construction.
Gettysburg Foundation Breaks Ground on Additional Geothermal Project
The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center has operated with a Geothermal Heating and Cooling System since it opened in 2008. The design team selected a geothermal system to maintain a precise daily temperature and relative humidity required for preservation of Civil War artifacts and the colossal, historic Gettysburg Cyclorama painting depicting Pickett’s Charge.
The Museum and Visitor Center facility requires 40% less energy than a conventional building of its size. This is possible because of our closed-loop geothermal heating system, high efficiency lighting and air conditioning, high performance low E window glass, a tighter thermal building envelope and a building monitoring system that tracks and controls energy usage.
Our geothermal system currently has 168 wells at a depth of 550 feet that use the earth’s constant 55-degree temperature to heat and cool the facility. In January 2018, Gettysburg Foundation will begin construction of a project to add 103 wells, for a total of 271 wells when complete. The additional wells will increase energy efficiency to continue to maintain the precise temperature and relative humidity conditions while further reducing energy costs. The Foundation anticipates completing the project in early summer 2018.
Read more about the construction and systems of the Museum and Visitor Center in the High Performing Buildings Magazine article, “History’s Keeper.”
The medal presented to Meade depicts a bust portrait of Meade in profile, encircled by the words "Presented July 4, 1866 to Major Gen'l George G. Meade by the Union League of Philadelphia as a Token of the Gratitude of his Countrymen." The signature "Paquet.F." is below the bust. The reverse side displays a relief image of Columbia presenting laurels to General Meade. Skirting the edge are the words "The Victor at Gettysburg, The Deliverer of Our State, The Faithful Soldier of Our Country, July 1863."
Gettysburg Foundation Loans Meade Medal to Abraham Lincoln Foundation
The Gettysburg Foundation recently worked side-by-side with the Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia to commence the loan of the original commemorative Union League gold medal presented to Major General George G. Meade in 1866 by the Union League. The medal is part of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia collection, the largest collection of Civil War artifacts not under government stewardship. The collection is owned by the Gettysburg Foundation and cared for at the highest possible standards by museum curatorial specialists.
“The Union League Gold Medal is the highest honor the Union League can bestow,” stated John J. Meko, Jr., Executive Director of The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia. “The first gold medal was presented to President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. In 1866, the League awarded a gold medal, designed by artist and engraver Anthony Paquet, to Major General George G. Meade. It was the fourth gold medal awarded by the League, but the first with a unique design. A total of only 38 gold medals have been awarded since 1863.”
“The Abraham Lincoln Foundation is an organization that shares our commitment to education,” said Matthew C. Moen, PhD, Gettysburg Foundation President. “It is vitally important to make such national treasures, these tangible teaching tools, available for all to see and appreciate. We look forward to working together in the years to come with the Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia.”
The Abraham Lincoln Foundation
The Abraham Lincoln Foundation is an established leader within the Civil War community, championing Philadelphia's contributions to the Civil War. As steward of priceless art, archival, manuscript, library and object collections, the Abraham Lincoln Foundation enables thousands of students, teachers, researchers, visitors and members to experience the history and heritage of the Union League first hand. The Abraham Lincoln Foundation is one of three charitable foundations of The Union League of Philadelphia.
Giving Tuesday, Giving Millions: Gettysburg Foundation Support for Gettysburg National Military Park
In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, the Gettysburg Foundation announces that it has provided an average of $2.3 million annually in support of Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site over the last nine years, for a total of approximately $20.5 million.
“The work of the Gettysburg Foundation began with the $103 million raised to build the Museum and Visitor Center in 2008,” said Eric Schultz, chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Gettysburg Foundation. “This additional $20.5 million has provided our colleagues in the National Park Service (NPS) with gifts that help preserve this sacred place and educate future generations. Both our individual and our corporate donors have been generous and thoughtful, ensuring that America’s history is saved one parcel, one story at a time.”
The National Park Service (NPS) has used portions of the $20.5 million to preserve historical authenticity and to enhance the visitor experience. For example, gifts helped NPS complete a key battlefield preservation project—the rehabilitation of Cemetery Ridge; it gives visitors a much more authentic view of Union and Confederate battle lines during the fierce fighting that happened here. Current battlefield projects in planning stages include restoration of Little Round Top and a walking trail from the Museum and Visitor Center to the George Spangler Farm. In addition to preservation, NPS has used gifts from the Foundation to: acquire priceless artifacts for the onsite, world-class Gettysburg Museum of the Civil War, including items related to Abraham Lincoln; support musicians and artists-in-residence onsite; educate teachers and students and visitors through programs; and, upgrade facilities and acquire new artifacts related to the Eisenhower National Historic Site.
“We’re pleased to be able to provide our friends in the National Park Service with gifts to enhance this one-of-a-kind commemorative place,” said Dr. Matthew Moen, president of the Gettysburg Foundation. “We look forward to working with NPS in the days ahead as we expand our own efforts under our new strategic plan to place Gettysburg in the center of national conversations about citizenship, leadership, conflict, and conciliation in our beloved American democracy.”
"We're extremely grateful for this powerful partnership with the Gettysburg Foundation. Their support allows us to better preserve park resources and improves our ability to tell the compelling stories of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site," said Chuck Hunt, acting superintendent, Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site.
Information about the ongoing work of the National Park Service and the Gettysburg Foundation may be found on our website.
Gettysburg Foundation Recruits Start The Conversation on #GivingTuesday
The Gettysburg Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, “a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.”
Beginning at noon on Tuesday, November 28, Gettysburg Foundation’s Recruit Friends will prune apple trees on the Gettysburg battlefield to raise money for their Seedling to Cider project and spread awareness about their preservation and philanthropic efforts.
At 7:00 p.m., Recruits will host a live-stream event titled GETT Talking. This event, broadcasted on Facebook, will examine how Gettysburg fits into the current rhetoric surrounding our nation’s history and will address questions our nation’s youth have surrounding these controversial topics.
Christopher Gwinn, Chief of Interpretation and Education at Gettysburg National Military Park, will lead the discussion and take questions from participants live via social media.
“The goal of this event is to encourage a dialogue about how we remember the Civil War and how it still affects us today,” said Gwinn. “There is no better time to be having this conversation.”
The event is free and open to the public. While questions will be addressed live on November 28, participants may also send their questions in advance to [email protected]. A selected few will be addressed on air.
“We hope this event will be the start of a bigger and continuous conversation with our youth here in Gettysburg,” said Gettysburg Foundation President, Matthew C. Moen, Ph.D. “We look forward to working with our partners at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site to make Gettysburg our country’s common ground for these types of discussions and a quest for solutions.”
National Cemetery Trees Will See Another Hundred Years Thanks to the Olga Gazalie Estate
Olga Gazalie, a Friend of Gettysburg since 1994, provided in her will for an estate gift of $100,000 to benefit the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. A school teacher from Brownsville, Pennsylvania, Olga and her husband Albert made annual trips to Gettysburg National Military Park. A favorite spot for them was a stand of beech trees in the National Cemetery where they had their picture taken during every visit. After her passing in 2011, her estate provided $100,000 on behalf of her family to the Gettysburg Foundation for the benefit of the Cemetery.
Caring for 100-year old trees that see hundreds of thousands of guests every year is a daunting task, and, thanks to Olga’s generous bequest, the National Park Service recently embarked on a multi-year project to assess and address the health of the trees in the Cemetery. The overall goal is to improve or maintain the health of the trees to ensure that they can be preserved for future generations. Work includes a comprehensive condition assessment of the trees throughout the Cemetery, trimming of damaged or problematic branches, the removal of select trees whose condition is deemed to be unsafe due to age and/or rot, and the installation of hidden cabling to protect against lightning and support the branches of the largest trees.
“It is humbling to see a life-long passion for the hallowed ground of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery continue through the generous bequest from Olga and her family,” says Dr. Matthew Moen, President of the Gettysburg Foundation. “Thanks to her support, the trees that Olga and her husband Albert loved so much will receive the care they need to remain for another hundred years or more.”
The Gettysburg Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Gettysburg National Military Park, has administered many estate gifts to benefit Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. To speak with the Gettysburg Foundation about estate planning contact Beth Kirby, Vice President of Philanthropy, at 717-339-2102.
View of Devil's Den from Little Round Top
Gettysburg Foundation Gratefully Acknowledges Major Gift
The Gettysburg Foundation gratefully acknowledges a gift of more than $250,000 from Richard “Dick” Cody, of Chicago, Illinois, who passed away in September 2017. He entrusted the Foundation to use his gift where it is most needed.
Dick was always interested in history, serving as a docent at the Chicago History Museum and joining the Friends of Gettysburg in 1997, with an initial contribution of $25. For many years after, Dick diligently supported the important work of the Gettysburg Foundation and the National Park Service, choosing us among the charities he generously funded through his estate.
“We are thankful to Dick for thinking of us among so many worthwhile philanthropic causes,” said Matthew Moen, president of the Gettysburg Foundation. “In addition to the magnitude of this gift, it comes to us without restrictions, so we are able to put it toward the most pressing priorities of the Gettysburg Foundation and National Park Service.”
The Gettysburg Foundation accepts planned gifts. Please visit our Support page for more information.
FirstEnergy employees gather on Little Round Top and are inspired by a speech given there, over 150 years ago, by Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain.
In The Footsteps of Leaders Executive Leadership Program Celebrates Banner Year
The Gettysburg Foundation’s In the Footsteps of Leaders program celebrated its most successful year to date serving nearly 50 clients across corporate, education, government, and nonprofit agencies. While obtaining several new clients, the majority of the 2017 bookings were repeat clients—proving that executives see positive results from the program. When surveyed on overall program satisfaction, 97% of clients gave their experience a 5 out of 5 rating.
In the Footsteps welcomed new client, FirstEnergy to the program this year. Stacey Silvis, a First Energy employee and leadership program attendee, had a “fascinating experience of learning the history and applying it to leadership. The knowledge and insights were incredibly helpful and the opportunity to learn together as an HR team was invaluable….”
In the Footsteps is a unique leadership training experience because it uses the complexity of battle, the size of the opposing armies, and the wide spectrum of personalities represented on the battlefield as a case study for modern-day organizational challenges. Common leadership tactics like communication, team-building, empowerment, adaptability, strategic thinking, and accountability are just a few of the lessons tackled in the program.
On November 3, 2017 In the Footsteps is hosting an open enrollment opportunity which condenses the traditional program experience for individuals interested in professional development and allows potential executive clients to preview the program before booking. For more information, please contact Jody Wilson at [email protected]
Gettysburg Foundation President, Matthew C. Moen, left, with Board Chair, Eric B. Schultz and Chair Emeritus, Robert A. Kinsley.
Gettysburg Foundation’s New Board Chair Is Ready To Lead
For the first time in its ten-year history, the Gettysburg Foundation will have a new Chair of the Board leading the annual November meeting.
In June, Mr. Eric B. Schultz was elected as the Foundation’s second Board Chairman. Robert “Bob” Kinsley, the Foundation’s founding Chairman, will assume the role of Chair Emeritus.
An important agenda item for the Board of Directors is to formulate strategies that will move the newly approved strategic plan forward, focusing strongly on innovative educational and philanthropic initiatives.
“My primary goal is to make President Matt Moen and his team successful,” said Eric. “That means helping to shape and support an expanded vision in education that enhances the superb work being done by the National Park Service and the Licensed Battlefield Guides. It means expanding our national footprint and reaching out to new Friends around the country. It means helping to support a higher profile for the Eisenhower site. And it means strengthening our relationships across the board, including with the Park, the Gettysburg community, the College, and related historical sites.” An entrepreneur and historian who has authored or co-authored several books, including a history of King Philip’s War, Eric earned a degree in History from Brown University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. “I’ve been bouncing between business and history ever since,” he adds, “which is why the Board work at Gettysburg has always seemed so natural.”
Eric and his wife Susan have three adult children and live in Boxford, Massachusetts.