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Gettysburg National Military Park Museum

This came in from Coop (Darrin Butland), who is a great Ghost Players fan and author that contributed to the book Travels with Ghosts and Other Tales

On visiting the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum,
it was an incredibly moving and educational experience where history comes to life. This museum was a highlight with its new $103 million dollar construction as it does a wonderful job at remembering those who sacrificed so much so that we could be the country, the UNITED States of America, that we are today. Highlights of the museum included a 20-minute short film entitled A New Birth of Freedom narrated by Morgan Freeman. This film explained the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in the larger context of the Civil War. Well-crafted and very inspiring. After the film's conclusion, we were directed upstairs to the newly restored Cyclorama 360 degree painting by French artist Paul Philippoteaux. Amazing detail as it succeeds in bringing Pickett's Charge to our reality through the use of dramatic lighting, audio sound effects, and authentic looking props in the foreground. Walking on this hallowed ground of the Gettysburg Battlefields is truly an emotional experience.

I must say happily that baseball is alive and well in Gettysburg, PA! I made my traditional stop at Gettysburg Eddie's, a sports restaurant that celebrates the baseball career of Gettysburg native and Hall of Famer, Mr. Eddie Plank. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere if you are a sports fan, perfect. Highly recommended. I had a chance this trip to meet the owner, Mr. William Wills, and he let me know about the 3rd Annual Vintage Base Ball Tournament that takes place in the third week of July in Gettysburg.

Stay tuned for more from Coop. Take care, and stay warm Coop. Darrin spent 5 days without power during the freak late October nor'easter. Glad it wasn't longer.


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