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Gettysburg battlefield prepares for sequestration

Written by Tim Lambert and The Associated Press | Mar 1, 2013 5:07 PM
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(Gettysburg) -- The National Park Service says federal budget cuts won't derail the events planned for the Battle of Gettysburg's 150th anniversary.

Bob Kirby, the superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park, says an extensive series of special programs will take place as planned this summer, though the budget cuts will have some impacts.

He says the non-profit Gettysburg Foundation is also providing some extra support this year. 

"The Foundation provides financial support to the park that does not rely on appropriated funds," he notes in a statement.

The Gettysburg Foundation owns and operates the Gettysburg National Military Park museum and visitor center facility.  Excess revenues from the Museum and Visitor Center are donated to the NPS for use in education and preservation programs and projects.

The park has numerous events planned for June 30 to July 4. Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will speak and country music artist Trace Adkins will sing the National Anthem accompanied by the United States Military Academy Orchestra.

Kirby also hopes President Obama will visit in November to celebrate the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

But, the Park Service says funding cuts due to sequestration could mean the potential elimination of the Eisenhower National Historic Site World War II weekend, a hiring freeze for permanent vacancies and travel restrictions and reductions on spending for training and supplies.

 

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