Saving History Saturday: Beyond the Battle: Museum of the Adams County Historical Society

Photo: Jake Boritt for Adams County Historical Society

Local officials in Gettysburg, as well as Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently toured the Adams County Historical Society’s new museum Beyond the Battle. A part of the Adams County Historical Society’s new 29,000 square foot history center complex. Nearly $10 million in support, including $2.8 million in commitments from the commonwealth through its Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), has been raised for the project.

Still under construction, the new facility will host a research library and archives, an education center, event venue, as well as the new museum. The museum will have twelve exhibit galleries, which will feature all of Gettysburg’s history, while putting a heavy emphasis on the Battle of Gettysburg.

According to ACHS Executive Director Andrew Dalton, Beyond the Battle provides a new take on the story of Gettysburg and Adams County. “This museum isn’t just about military history – it’s about all of American history viewed through the lens of one remarkable community.”

In a statement, Governor 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”.

The museum is scheduled to open in early 2023. To learn more about the project, visit www.achs-pa.org.

About Terry Rensel

Terry is currently the Executive Director of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT), located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He has Bachelor of Arts degrees in History/Political Science and Broadcast Communications from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in Bradford, PA. and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, AK. Prior to joining CVBT he spent 12 years living and working in Alaska.
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