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CONTESTING GETTYSBURG: PRESERVING AN AMERICAN BATTLEFIELD SHRINE

When the Gettysburg Battlefield quieted following the fighting in July 1863, another story began. Dr. Brian Black (Altoona College) recounted this story, which spans almost 150 years, of how the landscape at Gettysburg passed through many differing episodes in the culture of preservation, and national trends related to protecting our sacred symbols. Dr. Black was joined by Greg Goodell (National Park Service) and Mark Shaffer (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission) for a panel discussion on the future of Gettysburg National Military Park and the relationship between environmental conservation and cultural preservation in the South Mountain region.

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