Gettysburg Projects and Goals for 2015

We like to use this blog to provide updates on projects and goals for Gettysburg National Military Park.  This week we’ll take a look at  some of our top goals for the year :

Erosion at the summit of Little Round Top

Erosion at the summit of Little Round Top

Little Round Top – Gettysburg National Military Park (GETT) is now developing alternatives for the rehabilitation of Little Round Top. The alternatives would provide solutions for overuse, overcrowding and landscape degradation and identify appropriate locations for visitor conveniences at the site. We held a public scoping meeting in December, to provide information about the alternatives and gather feedback.   A draft environmental assessment will be prepared and available for public review and comment later this year.

Gettysburg National Military Park's Michael Wright in the current cannon carriage restoration shop.  Work continues even as the crew begins packing for the move into the new shop.

Gettysburg National Military Park’s Michael Wright in the current cannon carriage restoration shop. Work continues even as the crew begins packing for the move into the new shop.

New Cannon Carriage Restoration Shop – The park and the Gettysburg Foundation are funding the rehabilitation of a garage at the armory complex on West Confederate Avenue for use as a new cannon carriage restoration shop. The park’s monument preservation crew restores cast iron cannon carriages throughout the year. They have been operating out of a rented building west of Gettysburg. The park has more than 400 cannon carriages which date to the 1890s.

Comprehensive Community Trails Plan – Last fall, the park initiated a

One of Gettysburg's newer trails along Taneytown Road.

The Taneytown Road trail at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Comprehensive Community Trails planning effort. The purposes of the project are to improve multi-modal connections between trails and transportation opportunities within the two park sites and to identify potential links and newly established trailheads to provide pedestrian and bicycle access. The planning effort is expected to take one year, concluding with alternatives that we can consider for implementation and an environmental assessment.

The Treasures of the Civil War exhibit in the Museum and Visitor Center

The Treasures of the Civil War exhibit in the Museum and Visitor Center

Museum Exhibit Planning – Park and Gettysburg Foundation staff are planning a series of new, temporary exhibits at the Museum and Visitor Center as well as a new exhibit for the museum’s Gilder-Lehrman Special Exhibits Gallery. Currently the Gilder-Lehrman gallery showcases the “Treasures of the Civil War” exhibit. The next exhibit will be on the life and times of General Dwight D. Eisenhower at Gettysburg. The committee is also exploring options for updates to the permanent galleries in the museum.

Engaging the next generation is one of the National Park Service's top goals for the Centennial in 2016.

Engaging the next generation is one of the National Park Service’s top goals for the Centennial in 2016.

National Park Service Centennial – On August 25, 2016, the NPS will celebrate its 100th birthday. To celebrate 100 years of stewardship, our goal is to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates. Programs and events at Gettysburg National Military Park, Eisenhower National Historic Site and all the national parks sites will reach out to teachers, students, and youth; increase the number of volunteers and students as interns and employees; update and expand our presence on social media, and much more.

Thanks to Jason Martz for the photos.

Katie Lawhon, Management Assistant, March 19, 2015

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