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|Posted: Mon Mar 30th, 2009 12:42 am||
I was out in Gettysburg on Friday 3/27, and thought I'd give a little update on a couple topics we've batted 'round here about the 'Burg.
Well, they're in the process of demolishing the old Visitors Center (you can see it on the Gettysburg Daily blog--lots of pics). Drove by it from front, back and parking lot side, and it does look sad. Kind of wish they would've just knocked the whole thing down at once. The old Cyclorama is still up, but fenced in.
Speaking of the Cyclorama, I have to say that was one of the highlights of this trip. It was the first time I've seen the new Cyclorama painting set-up, and I was impressed. I was with a group of ninth grade honors kids, and the girl I was standing next to was absolutely positive that WASN'T a painting: "Look at the detail! It can't be!" The foreground "props," such as wagons and other detris of war, were cool. The downside was that the viewing was only about 10 minutes, and once you are herded into the cattle chute like railings, you can't see the other side of the painting across the room. And you aren't allowed to move. I also didn't really need the added sound effects (artillery, gunfire), but I can see how the younger generation would. All in all, a good experience.
Although in past posts I've expressed indifference and disappointment with the new VC, I have to say, space-wise, it was great for groups of school children. Spring is high season for school groups, and the old VC used to get so packed with them.This time, there was enough room and enough restrooms, for what looked like about 20 buses in the bus lot. They could use more picnic tables for the kids to eat at, though, but that's considering at the old VC there were no picnic tables: the kids ate on the grass. And the snack bar is just too expensive to expect the kids to eat there.
There's been a ton of new tree cutting, most notably in the area of the PA Monument. Now you can see things that you didn't know were there. . . like the park's maintenance shed. But in general, the cutting gives you a different perspective of the troop movements, making sense of historical details that didn't make sense with a stand of trees in your way.
Just thought I'd throw some Gettysburg bits and pieces your way, for those of you who are interested!