Mission: 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.
Programs: The operation of a 139,900 square foot museum and visitor center. The gettysburg museum of the american civil war features 12 exhibit galleries featuring artifacts, interactive exhibits and hands-on displays that engages visitors of all ages with content that places the battle of gettysburg into the larger context of american history, helping visitors understand its magnitude and relevance.
gettysburg national military park interpretive and office facilities include all expenses associated with providing facilities for the interpretation, storage, research and office space for the gnmp. The foundation also works closely with the gnmp and the national park service to preserve land, monuments and artifacts and to rehabilitate the land, returning the ground as closely as possible to its 1863 appearance.
program expenses include expenses associated with the ford motor company education center, leadership programs, and other education and interpretive programs. In addition, program expenses also include expenses to rehabilitate and restore land not owned by gnmp but within the boundaries of the battlefield preservation area.
Gettysburg Foundation is a unique public private partnership with the National Park Service. I started to voluntee in Spring 2012 and have logged over 70 hours in various roles...from fence painting on the battlefield to docent at the historic Rupp House; and most recently acting as "shepherd" to a group of 12 other volunteers participating in the group's first Volunteer Service Vacation. Folks from CO, WA, MI, NY and PA worked/learned for 4 nites/ 5 days on the historic battlefield....which will celebrate its 150th anniversary in July 2013.