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New Gettysburg History Center


Diorama the centerpiece of new Gettysburg History Center

Scale model displays over 20,000 miniature soldiers, town buildings

The famous Gettysburg Diorama is now front and center along one of Historic Gettysburg’s most-visited neighborhoods as part of the new Gettysburg History Center. Formerly housed at Artillery Ridge Campground south of Gettysburg, the Diorama was moved along the popular tourist hub as part of the redevelopment of Steinwehr Avenue.
The Gettysburg Diorama is the largest military scale model in the United States. The fully narrated diorama features more than 20,000 hand-painted soldiers, horses, cannons as well as Gettysburg buildings that became famous during the battle. The hills, roads and fields are accurate to scale and provide an overview of all three days of battle with an exciting sound and light show.
“It’s truly an excellent way to start your visit to Gettysburg,” said Jim Kralik, one of three partners in the Gettysburg History Center. “Those who visit will come away with a better understanding of the battle as well as a true sense of what that moment in time meant to the United States of America and the world we live in today.”

Littlestown, Pa., connects to national Civil War Trails program
Sign one of more than 1,000 installed nationwide
Littlestown, Pa., is now part of the National Civil War Trails program, a network of more than 1,000 Civil War sites expanding six states.
A sign was recently installed near the square in Littlestown, in front of a building currently occupied by the Littlestown Historical Society and the Littlestown Chamber of Commerce.
“Towns such as Littlestown can benefit through this program by attracting attention of the millions of Gettysburg visitors who are always looking to learn more when they visit. This Civil War Trails program is built to do just that,” said Norris Flowers, President of the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The first two signs were installed in Gettysburg a year ago with the help of the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, who provided 50 percent of the funding needed to install and maintain the signs. In Littlestown, the Chamber of Commerce provided the remaining 50 percent of the funding.

Gettysburg museum now offers interactive Civil War program
American Civil War Museum partners with American Stories
The American Civil War Museum, in conjunction with American Stories: Historic Walking Tours & Programs, will offer interactive summer programming for visitors, starting Memorial Day Weekend.
The program, “Enlist Now!,” will give ‘new recruits’ a first-hand look at what life was like for the common Union soldier. Recruits will be able to taste the food, learn how to march, learn drills and be able to experience what it was like to enlist in the Union army.
“Enlist Now!” will be offered on six different Saturday evenings throughout the summer months – June 26, July 3, 17 and 31, and August 7. The program will begin at 7 p.m. There will be a Memorial Day weekend program on Saturday, May 29 beginning at 6:30 pm.

Gettysburg museum offers personalized tours for groups
General Lee’s Headquarter’s Museum rolls out interactive program
General Lee’s Headquarters Museum in Historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is now offering tour groups a chance meet the top-ranking Confederate commander through an interactive program.
The museum, located atop Seminary Ridge along the Gettysburg National Military Park, is inviting tour groups to experience the story of Gen. Robert E. Lee, as told through one of the museum’s great General Lee presenters.
Upon exiting their motorcoach, groups will meet Lee and be introduced to a program – able to be personalized for each group – that focuses on the Confederate general, the house he once used to plan the Battle of Gettysburg or other topics of interest to the group.
Groups will then tour the famous house and see the hundreds of artifacts inside.

Artist Dale Gallon releases new Gettysburg painting
Work features Maj. Gen. Hancock and 1st Minnesota
Famous Gettysburg artist Dale Gallon has released his newest painting, “Minnesota Forward,” a work that features Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock as he orders the 1st Minnesota to advance in a desperate attempt to hold the Union line in Gettysburg on July 2, 1863.
The painting is available as a large or small canvas glicee, or a paper print. All are signed and numbered by Gallon.
This July 4, Gallon will release an upcoming sketch of Brig. Gen. Louis Armistead. Gallon will be in his Gettysburg gallery on July 3-5 to sign prints.


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