The Gettysburg Foundation and the National Park Service invite community residents and military veterans to Community Appreciation Day on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 with free admission for Adams County residents and military veterans. On four designated Community Appreciation Days each year, Adams County residents enjoy free tickets to the Cyclorama, Film and Museum Experience at the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park.
The Museum and Visitor Center will be open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., with the first Cyclorama and A New Birth of Freedom film presentation scheduled for 8:15 a.m.; the final show will be at 4:15 p.m. Due to the popularity of previous community events, Adams County residents are encouraged to arrive early; and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Advance reservations are not available for Community Appreciation Day tickets, and rain checks will not be available.) Local visitors should be prepared to show proof of Adams County residence, such as a driver’s license, at the ticket counter in the main lobby of the Museum and Visitor Center.
The Civil War came to the doorstep of the David Wills home in 1863 as Confederate soldiers occupied the town and the Wills House was used by wounded and dying soldiers. Months later President Abraham Lincoln stayed in the home while preparing to deliver the Gettysburg Address. The David Wills House offers a self-guided museum tour that includes five galleries, two recreated rooms, including the Lincoln bedroom, two interactive stations, two films and a gift shop. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit the Rupp House History Center, 451 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, on November 11 from noon to 5 p.m. in conjunction with Community Appreciation Day. Through interactive exhibits that use sight, sound, touch and even smell, Rupp House visitors are able to immerse themselves in 19th Century culture and learn about the civilians and the soldiers who struggled here, the John Rupp family and the preservation work that is critical to understanding the Battle of Gettysburg. For information call (717) 339-2155.
Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and protects the resources associated with the Battle of Gettysburg and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and provides an understanding of the events that occurred there within the context of American history. Information is available at www.nps.gov/gett.
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, which opened in April 2008. 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, to make a donation or about visiting Gettysburg, visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 877-874-2478 or the administrative offices at 717-338-1243.