Saying he wanted the borough to have it, the family of Joseph Schaeffer presented Gettysburg Borough with an oil painting of George Washington at last week’s borough council meeting.
Schaeffer, who died in 2020, was a longtime Gettysburg Middle School and High School guidance counselor, a founding board member of Gettysburg Dollars for Scholars and an avid art collector. He was also active in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of American program.
The family said it was creating an endowment fund in his name.
The plaque reads as follows:
The portrait of George Washington
is dedicated to the memory of
Joseph J. Schaeffer – Educator, Mentor, Friend
by the Schaeffer family
Research is still being done to find the artist and origin of the painting.