Gettysburg National Military Park recently installed two bronze relief tactile tables, with a third to come, at key locations within the park. These new bronze relief tables depict three-dimensional landscape elevations of the battlefield. Visitors will now have access to better understand the landscape across which the battle was fought and how terrain influenced the movements of the two armies at Gettysburg in July of 1863.
These tables, which visitors are encouraged to touch and feel, feature braille and raised lettering, making them the first such additions to Gettysburg National Military Park. “We hope these new additions to the battlefield landscape will make a visit to Gettysburg more accessible and meaningful for our visitors. We are excited for visitors to interact with them, and for Park Rangers and Licensed Battlefield Guides to utilize them in their programming,” said Steve Sims, Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent.
The creation of the bronze relief tactile tables is part of a larger project to update interpretive signage throughout the battlefield park, which has been ongoing since 2019. Visitors can find the tables installed at the plaza at the Virginia Memorial – Auto Tour Stop 5, the National Cemetery Parking Lot – Auto Tour Stop 16, and soon to be at the Eternal Light Peace Memorial – Auto Tour Stop 2.
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