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New Gettysburg Visitors Center – 9/13/08

Entrances to the new Gettysburg Visitors Center are now framed by wildflowers, making a colorful late summer scenic.
I spend most of a cloudy Saturday in Gettysburg, first stopping by several borough bookstores and souvenir shops to inscribe newly restocked supplies of my three human interest stories books. I then had a formal book signing at the Museum Gift Shop of the new Gettysburg Visitors Center. We sold 57 copies in a little more than four hours on a day when attendance was considerably lower than in the prime summer tourist season, so I was quite pleased with the results.
I took a few photos of the day to share…

The Museum Gift Shop and bookstore is much, much different than the old bookstore at the Taneytown Road Visitors Center (the soon-to-be-demolished Rosensteel Building). This one has far more souvenirs and tourist sales trinkets, and a full third of the book titles. After several months of effort, we were able to schedule my book signing for September 13, and the bookstore will now hopefully regularly stock all three titles for daily sales efforts.

The old Gettysburg relief map has been moved to the lobby of the new VC and leaned against a wall. This was created for a World’s Fait / Exposition in Chicago in the 19th century and is now a historic relic in its own right. This map used to be on the second floor of the Cyclorama building (horizontal) and served as a useful orientation point for new battlefield visitors.
What are your impressions of the new Vistors Center? Do you like it? What about the controversy about charging admission to the museum as part of a package deal that includes the cyclorama and the short film?