Preservation Partnership

The Gettysburg Foundation is the non-profit partner of the National Park Service at Gettysburg working to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg.

In 1999, Gettysburg National Military Park’s General Management Plan called for a new Museum and Visitor Center to accomplish four goals:

  • Preserve the Park’s extensive collection of artifacts
  • Preserve the massive Cyclorama painting
  • Rehabilitate the battlefield - returning it as closely as possible to its 1863 appearance
  • Present the Battle of Gettysburg to visitors within the larger context of the causes and consequences of the Civil War.

To accomplish this goal, the Gettysburg Foundation was created. (At the time of the General Management Plan, the organization was known as the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation. In 2006, that organization merged with the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg, forming the Gettysburg Foundation.)

The Foundation raised the money for and now operates, in partnership with the National Park Service, the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park, which opened in April 2008. A portion of revenues from the Museum and Visitor Center are returned to not only Gettysburg National Military Park, but also to the National Park System, helping to ensure that generations of visitors will be able to enjoy these natural and educational treasures.

Preservation Projects

Gettysburg Railroad Station

Last Updated on11/05/2014

Accomplishments at Gettysburg

Last Updated on09/20/2013

Progress at Cemetery Ridge

Last Updated on02/15/2013

The George Spangler Farm Rehabilitation

Last Updated on11/01/2012

Defense of Cemetery Hill

Last Updated on11/11/2010

Land Preservation

Last Updated on11/10/2010

Archive Preservation

Last Updated on11/09/2010

Monument Preservation

Last Updated on11/08/2010

Museum And Visitor Center

Last Updated on11/07/2010

Friends of Gettysburg

Friends of Gettysburg
1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Mailing Address
Friends of Gettysburg
P.O. Box 4629
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Phone Number: (717) 338-1243
Email Address:

Become a Member Now!

In addition to the profound satisfaction of being a steward of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, Friends of Gettysburg receive...

Free admission to the Cyclorama, Film and Museum Experience at the GNMP Museum and Visitor Center and at the David Wills House

One year subscription to the Friends of Gettysburg quarterly newsletter and the Annual Calendar

Invitations to members-only events and access to an exclusive member online community for sharing stories, photos and more with fellow Friends.

10% Discount in Gettysburg Foundation online Quartermaster Store with coupon code Friends11 and in person at the Rupp House

Access to “Gettysburg Rewards” – discounts from Gettysburg area merchants, plus great offers from Regional and National Brand Merchants

...and much more!