Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf visited the site of Gettysburg’s Beyond the Battle Museum, scheduled to open in early 2023. The museum, located at 625 Biglerville Rd, is part of the Adams County Historical Society’s (ACHS) new 29,000 square foot, $10 million history complex.
Governor Wolf and other attendees viewed some of the community’s rarest artifacts, including an original program from the Gettysburg Address, personal items belonging to the Eisenhower family, and relics from the Battle of Gettysburg, and Abraham Lincoln’s famous visit to town in November, 1863.
Part of the ACHS’s collection of over one million historic items, these precious objects have been housed in an unsafe environment for decades, putting the community’s history at grave risk. This will change next year when the new history center opens to the public and thousands of artifacts will be displayed for the first time ever.
“Beyond the Battle provides a new take on the story of Gettysburg and Adams County,” said ACHS Executive Director Andrew Dalton. “This museum isn’t just about military history – it’s about all of American history viewed through the lens of one remarkable community. Whether it’s a 16-year-old girl or our 16th president, Gettysburg is where ordinary meets extraordinary.”
In a statement, Governor Wolf said of the project: “The Adams County Historical Society’s new history center will be a tremendous asset to all Pennsylvanians. Not only will this new facility save millions of irreplaceable historic artifacts, it will also provide an exciting opportunity for visitors of all ages to experience the story of Gettysburg and Adams County like never before.”
Speaking about the state’s contribution to the project in the form of a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant, Wolf said “This project will promote learning and historic preservation, tourism and economic development in Adams County and beyond, and I was proud to support it through a $2.8 million investment.”
To learn more about the museum, please visit www.achs-pa.org. The Adams County Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and donations are always appreciated.