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Lancaster CWRT news release – Gettysburg tour

Micky Kraft sent me a press release today. She encourages area Civil War buffs to Join the Lancaster Civil War Round Table on October 4, 2008, for a full day of exploration in Gettysburg, featuring several well known guides and tour leaders.

The Gettysburg Cyclorama is one of America’s unique treasures. The painting is currently being restored and preserved for future generations. This will allow visitors to experience it the way it was originally intended. The painting, which depicts the heroic charge of Confederate infantry led by General George Pickett on July 3, 1863, measures 359 feet by 27 feet. It is being restored in stages and has taken three years to be fully restored to its original state, making this the largest painting conservation project ever undertaken in North America. When the painting was first displayed in the 19th century, the experience was said to be so realistic that battle veterans wept. Recreation of the original diorama and the lost optical illusions will enable viewers to lose themselves — once again — in the scene. The new Cyclorama gallery is due to be open to the public this fall. Join us in viewing this historic gem in its brand new setting! We will also see the new film, “A New Birth of Freedom” and have time to tour the new visitor’s center with its 11 different galleries.
We’ll take a fascinating tour of the National Cemetery with Licensed Battlefield Guide and Historian, Roy Frampton. Well-known for his human interest stories, Roy will tell personal anecdotes of some of the men killed in battle who are buried in the cemetery.
Afterwards, the group will proceed to the Shriver House Museum. This award winning museum, dedicated to the civilian experience during the Battle of Gettysburg, is situated in the heart of Gettysburg’s historic district. The home of George and Hettie Shriver appears much the way it did when it was first built in 1860. You’ll hear the harrowing story of the Shriver family’s experiences during the battle. The tour includes all four floors including the Confederate sharpshooters nest in the attic where at least two were known to have been killed. The Shriver House has been featured on HGTV’s “If Walls Could Talk”. You’ll get to see the huge number of artifacts that were found within the house’s walls during restoration.
The price of this tour is $67.00 and includes: motorcoach transportation, 11 permanent galleries plus the Gilder Lehrman Institute special exhibits gallery at the new Gettysburg Museum of the Civil War, the newly restored Cyclorama painting, “A New Birth of Freedom” film, guided tour of the National Cemetery, guided tour of the Shriver House Museum, all taxes and gratuities. Pick-up’s in Lancaster and Harrisburg. For more information, call Micky Kraft at 392-4976.