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FARQUHAR WILL PRESENT LT. FISHER TO THE CDCWRT 2010
Two sessions: The first, “William Is No More,” is set for Monday, January 11, 2010. He will discuss the Fisher Collection of letters, artifacts, documents, and books that now reside in the GNMP archives; How it was procured, cataloged, and placed on display. The second session, “A Lion to the Last,” Lt. Fisher’s service in the American Civil War, is scheduled Monday, February 15th, 2010. Each session will be augmented by a slide presentation and hand-outs. The Central Delaware Civil War Round Table meets every third Monday, 7:00 PM, at the Modern Maturity Center, Dover, Delaware.

FARQUHAR SLIDE SHOW
Farquhar presented a slide show to the Bridgeville Delaware Historical Society, that pictured the life and times of Lt. William James Fisher. The program began at 7:00 PM, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Parrlish House, 21 William Street, on May 20th, 2008.

VISITOR CENTER AT GETTYSBURG TO FEATURE FISHER ARTIFACTS
The new Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park, opened to visitors April 14, 2008. The “William Is No More” display features a number of artifacts and letters from the Fisher collection. Read news release from GNMP below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2008

New Museum and Visitor Center At Gettysburg National Military Park Will Open April 14

Gettysburg, Pa. (February 20, 2008) — The Gettysburg Foundation announced today that the new Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park will open to visitors at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 14, 2008.

‘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,” said Robert C. Wilburn, president of the Gettysburg Foundation. “The new Museum and Visitor Center is designed to meet visitors’ expectations of a 21st-century museum. At the same time, we want to tell the story of the Battle of Gettysburg, within the context of the causes and consequences of the Civil War, in a way that showcases the Battlefield. And we want to encourage people to extend their stays and return more often.”

“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.

To date, the Foundation has secured more than $105 million toward its $125 million Campaign to Preserve Gettysburg. Funds from the campaign are being used to build, furnish and operate the new Museum and Visitor Center, to preserve the park’s extensive collection of Civil War artifacts and archives, including the massive Cyclorama painting, to support battlefield rehabilitation and preservation programs, including the return of Ziegler’s Grove to its 1863 appearance, to improve the visitor experience at Gettysburg, and to create an endowment to support future preservation and maintenance needs.

Park curatorial staff has begun moving objects and artifacts into the collection storage area on the lower level. Staff from the Foundation is moving into the administrative offices at the new Museum and Visitor Center this week. National Park Service administrative staff will make the move into the new facilities from their offices in the Visitor Center on Taneytown Road just prior to the mid-April opening.

Contacts: Gettysburg Foundation: Dru Anne Neil, 717-253-5786

Museum and Visitor Center website

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