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ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Apr 2008 4:12 p.m. PST

I just got back from a preview visit to the new visitor's center at Gettysburg (opening next week, I believe). It certainly is big :) I'm not really sure how I feel about it. I'm going to miss the rows and rows of weapons and uniforms and the electric map from the old center. But I guess this will really be a better presentation to the general public. There is about equal emphasis on the war and its causes as there is on the battle itself. It is all very nicely done (although parts of it are still under construction). There is a pretty good movie that has a number of familiar faces in it (and I don't mean Lincoln and Lee). I'll be interested to see it again when it is finished (and when I have more time to look at it--I had two cranky teenagers in tow who just wanted to go home).

Chris Palmer06 Apr 2008 4:22 p.m. PST

There was recently a stroy in the Baltimore Sun about efforts to save the Electric map:


Personal logo svsavory Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2008 5:23 p.m. PST

It's been about 15 years since I've been to Gettysburg, and I would dearly love to get back there. I especially want to see the southern portion of the battlefield where they have cut down the trees to restore the 1863 appearance.

evbates06 Apr 2008 6:30 p.m. PST

The Tree cutting contiunes it will be a few more years before they are finished. It does change the veiw of the Battlefield if you have seen it before the they started.


Sterling Moose Inactive Member06 Apr 2008 6:30 p.m. PST

SV send me your email address. I have pics of Devils Den taken from Little Round Top, taken during Fall In last year. The transformation is incredible and throws a new perspective on the Confederate attack.

Personal logo gaiusrabirius Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2008 7:55 p.m. PST

My wife, son, and I liked the electric map at Gettysburg. I will be sorry to see it go into the dustbin of history.

Big Martin Inactive Member07 Apr 2008 6:44 a.m. PST

I'd like to go again but I live the wrong side of the Atlantic. I gather from previous threads that the motel my brother and I stayed in back in the 90s has been demolished (no great architectural loss there) as part of the transformation.
We walked all round the battlefield until by late afternoon it was a choice of walking out to the farthest reaches of the first day's action or walking into town for a beer. I'm afraid the beer won out, but I think we did the site justice. I'd still like to go back and look at the changes.
If anyone finds a tiny little screw amongst the gravel by the Virginia memorial, it's the one that fell out of my specs whilst I was there! I had to get my brother to do a jury-rig repair of them which lasted until I got a new pair the next year.

Personal logo svsavory Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2008 2:59 p.m. PST

Thanks, Sterling Moose. I've seen photos from Little Round Top, taken by a friend who also attended Fall In. You're right, it is a dramatic difference from my last visit.

Lord Ashram08 Apr 2008 5:27 p.m. PST

Ahhh, Fall In.

Best… time… EVER.

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