Gettysburg leaders to share expertise about preservation in Japan

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Mar 20, 2016 2:14 PM

Photo by Tim Lambert/WITF

(Gettysburg) -- Two leaders from Gettysburg are making an overseas visit.

The trip comes on the heels of a visit by representatives from Japan to the Gettysburg National Military Park to learn about its success

Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Ed Clark and Gettysburg Borough Manager Charles Gable will make the trip to the World Battlefield Summit in Japan in mid-March.

They're plan to talk about how to preserve a battlefield, and how to tell the story of what happened at a historic site.

"The idea is to not only speak about the things that have to be done to do preservation and conservation of a battlefield, but how to tell the story about what happens at a site, like the battlefield of Gettysburg," says Park Spokeswoman Katie Lawhon.

She adds Japanese officials are also looking at how stakeholders work together.

"They are very interested in what we in this country call partnerships, but they were talking about how citizens can work with the government to preserve the battlefield."

The Gettysburg battlefield uses a rare arrangement.

A private group - in this case, the Gettysburg Foundation - runs the visitors center and museum.

It's said to be one of the few national parks where such a setup is in place.

Lawhon says the National Parks Service frequently consults Gettysburg Park leaders about how they handle preservation and conservation issues, but this is a particularly extraordinary opportunity.

The Japanese are paying for Superintendent Clark's and Borough Manager Gable's travel.

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