GETTYSBURG, Pa., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- A new museum dedicated to the history of the Battle of Gettysburg in the context of the Civil War will open April 14, 2008, at Gettysburg National Military Park. A joint project of the Gettysburg Foundation and the National Park Service, the museum will join together artifacts, hands-on exhibits, multimedia technology, and archival materials for an interactive, enriching experience that will excite visitors of all ages and instill a deeper understanding of the Civil War, its causes and consequences. The new Museum and Visitor Center is part of a $125 million fundraising campaign to preserve the historic integrity of Gettysburg.
"Gettysburg is the place where America was saved. In his Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln called for a 'new birth of freedom'," said Robert C. Wilburn, president and CEO of the Gettysburg Foundation. "Gettysburg has become our country's common ground -- a reminder that we can come together as a nation, even after the most divisive of conflicts. We want this new Gettysburg experience to inspire visitors about the past, to encourage them to want to learn more about the events that have shaped our country and, in the process, to become better citizens."
The new Museum and Visitor Center will inspire visitors to learn more about the Battlefield and the town's significance in American history and to connect the battle to their lives today. The $103 million facility will preserve the National Park Service's extensive collection of artifacts, objects and archival materials for future generations. It is located adjacent to the Battlefield, on land that saw no major battle action, and has been designed to meet silver-level certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) as determined by the U.S. Green Building Council.
"The new museum will better prepare visitors to walk the sacred ground of the Gettysburg Battlefield and see it through the soldier's eyes," said John Latschar, superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park.
The 139,000 square-foot Museum and Visitor Center brings to life the Battle of Gettysburg -- and the entire Civil War era -- with: