By the Gettysburg Foundation.

 

Last #GivingTuesday, Recruit members of the Gettysburg Foundation braved the cold and rain and pruned trees on the Gettysburg Battlefield to raise awareness for their Seedling to Cider project. The event was a great success and generated media attention, funds, and a contagious sense of unity around the project. This year, Recruits are again utilizing #GivingTuesday to spread the word about their efforts and hopefully raise some funds to bring their newest project to fruit-ition. :)

This #GivingTuesday, the Gettysburg Foundation is Seeding the Future to Preserve the Past by raising money to restore the historic orchard at the George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Site.

During the Battle of Gettysburg, George Spangler watched his property go from a thriving family farm to a harrowing Union field hospital. The same fields he watched his children run through just days before were now strewn with wounded soldiers going through traumatic 19th century medical procedures. In honor of all who were treated and died at the farm, the Gettysburg Foundation is restoring an apple orchard to the property. This #GivingTuesday the Foundation will raise funds to plant the trees, re-build historic fence lines, and purchase supplies to restore this fruitful part of history.

As they grow and mature, the trees will become a part of the Foundation’s Recruit members Seedling to Cider project, which partners with the National Park Service to preserve and maintain the battlefield orchards and uses fruit grown on the trees to make hard cider. Finally, the Recruits will present Ed Clark, Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site with a check on #GivingTuesday from the proceeds of the hard cider sales from 2015-2016. The event will be broadcast through a Facebook Live Event.

We are so thankful for the #GivingTuesday initiative for not only serving as a successful fundraising event but also encouraging us to think out of the box. We look forward to another successful kick start to the giving season through #GivingTuesday.