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Doors Open Gettysburg- an insider's look at preservation

Doors Open Gettysburg offers an insider’s look into the preservation of many of Gettysburg National Military Park’s magnificent historic buildings. This free event is held during National Historic Preservation Month in cities and towns throughout the U.S. and internationally.

On May 6, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., the National Park Service will open five buildings on the Gettysburg battlefield to the public for a rare look at buildings ranging from recently restored to those in need of repair. The Gettysburg event will feature the Michael Bushman house; the James Warfield house; the Philip Snyder house; the Catherine Trostle house; and the John Rose house. 

Michael Bushman house: Caught between Confederate soldiers attacking Little Round Top and the United States Sharpshooter position. Park along South Confederate Avenue.

James Warfield house: Occupied at the time of the battle by a member of Gettysburg's African American community. Park along West Confederate Avenue.

Philip Snyder house: Jumping off point for a portion of John Bell Hood's division on July 2, 1863. Park along West Confederate Avenue.

Catherine Trostle house: Location where Gen. Daniel Sickles was injured on July 2, 1863. Park along United States Avenue.

John Rose house: Temporary aid station and burial site of Confederate soldiers.  Park along Brooke Avenue and follow the mowed path to house.

An insider’s look at Eisenhower National Historic Site – as part of Doors Open, ticketed visitors to the Eisenhower site who ride the shuttle from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will have the opportunity to look into open garage doors and get a close look at Eisenhower’s historic vehicles. The shuttles to Eisenhower operate from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg.

To cap off the evening, at 6:00 pm, Eisenhower will sponsor a special performance by the West Point Alumni Glee Club. The hour long concert is free to the public and will take place in the back yard of President Eisenhower’s Gettysburg home. Parking is available on site for the performance. Vehicles may enter through the site’s main gate off of Millerstown Road. The gate opens at 5:30 pm.

The West Point Alumni Glee Club is made up of graduates from the United States Military Academy at West Point, 75 percent of whom are combat veterans with an average of 20 years active duty service. Members perform as ambassadors of West Point and the Army, believing in the importance of traditional music in their service to the nation. In the case of bad weather, the event will be moved to the Group Lobby of the Gettysburg Military Park Visitor Center.

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