U.S. Department of the InteriorOffice of the Secretary - U.S. Department of the Interior - www.doi.gov - Media Advisory
Date: September 25, 2008
Contact: Chris Paolino

Secretary Kempthorne to Help Celebrate Opening of New Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center

Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will join Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, the Gettysburg Foundation and the National Park Service on Friday, September 26, 2008, for a grand opening ceremony to unveil the new Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park. The event will begin at 11:00 a.m.

The Grand Opening ceremony September 26 will include performances by the Wildcat Regiment Band and a children's choir. Actor Stephen Lang, who portrayed Confederate General George Pickett in the movie, Gettysburg, and Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson in the movie, Gods and Generals, will perform a vignette from his one-man Broadway play, Beyond Glory.

The Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park - located on land that saw no major battle action - preserves and presents the story of the Battle of Gettysburg, in the context of the Civil War, its causes and consequences. It also preserves for future generations the National Park Service's priceless collection of objects, artifacts and archival materials.

Who: Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell
The Gettysburg Foundation
National Park Service
What: Opening Ceremony for the new Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center 
When: 11:00 a.m.
Friday, September 26, 2008 
*** Press passes will be available beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, September 26. ***
Where: Gettysburg National Military Park
1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100
Gettysburg, PA 

Media representatives are encouraged to register in advance by contacting Lisa Hadesman via e-mail at lisa.hadesman@edelman.com, or by calling ( 312) 552-1165.

The Gettysburg Foundation will make available and have staffed a conference room for media use throughout the day.

Media requiring special arrangements - parking for satellite trucks, power supplies, etc. - must confirm those arrangements in advance.

Video and audio crews must be accompanied by a National Park Service or Foundation representative while taping in the new Museum and Visitor Center.

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