Saving Our History
It may surprise you to learn that literally millions of irreplaceable Gettysburg & Adams County artifacts are at risk of being lost forever. Here in Gettysburg, the Adams County Historical Society needs your help to protect these precious materials before it is too late. We're excited to announce plans to build a new Exhibit Gallery, Archives, and Education Center in Gettysburg to preserve these treasures and share the untold story of one of America's most famous communities.
Your gift will help make this vision a reality.
Will you join us? Scroll down to learn more!
— Ken Burns
The Society’s archives hold millions of records, artifacts, and images that tell the story of a world-famous community. These precious items are at risk of being lost unless we act now to protect them.
I urge you in joining me to support the Adams County Historical Society in its capital campaign to build a new home for, and to preserve these irreplaceable American treasures.
— Jean Green, ACHS Trustee
Lacking essential climate controls and fire protection, these priceless treasures are in desperate need of a new home.
Tucked away in narrow halls and storage crates at an off-site warehouse, the memories of our community are at risk of being lost forever.
A New Home
The new center - set to open by fall of 2022 - will be built just north of Gettysburg. The 29,000-square-foot complex will house artifact-driven exhibits that explore centuries of Gettysburg and Adams County history through the eyes of ordinary citizens of all ages and backgrounds.
In addition, the center will feature frequent history programs, a stunning event venue and education center, and a spacious library and archives where visitors can access our holdings and research a variety of topics ranging from genealogy to Gettysburg, Adams County, and Civil War history.
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- Prehistory: Dinosaurs and Meteors in Gettysburg?
- Native American Life in Adams County
- The French and Indian War - Kidnappings on the Pennsylvania Frontier
- The Birth of Gettysburg - Crossroads Tavern to Civil War Battlefield
- Thaddeus Stevens - Law, Education, and Abolition in Adams County
- Life in a War Zone - The 1863 Civilian Experience
- The Eisenhowers in Gettysburg - Two World Wars and a Presidency
- Orchards and Industry - Adams County as a Fruit-Growing Powerhouse
- Suffrage, Integration, and Immigration - the Fight for Justice in Adams County
- Black Voices of Adams County (look for a special announcement in January!)
Research and Educational Opportunities
- Spacious reading room and library for visiting researchers and scholars
- Frequent, hands-on history programs for all ages
- Classroom and Education Center for school field trips and "history days" (K-12 and undergraduate)
- Genealogy and historic property research workshops
- Civil War and Battle of Gettysburg-themed research seminars
- Town and battlefield walking tours
- Private event venue overlooking the battlefield
— Stephen Lang
Over the years I’ve developed a deep appreciation for Gettysburg and its history. But today, these incredible stories are in jeopardy. Millions of Gettysburg artifacts cared for by the Adams County Historical Society are in need of a proper home. I hope you’ll join me in supporting this campaign to save our history – your history – before it is too late.