Apr 9
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National Park Service Chief of Maintenance Marc Pratt updates the Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides on upcoming projects for the year. This video includes the following subjects: Five cannon tubes have been restored since the fall, the Wadsworth monument will be repointed, statues on the Pennsylvania State Memorial will be waxed, and the NPS will begin steam cleaning instead of power washing the monuments this year. Cannon carriages and War Department tablets will be repainted, the Sickles Fence in the National Cemetery will be restored, and updates on other vandalism projects and the Patterson House. Of course after we shut our camera off, Marc talked about more than a few roads being paved this year which will necessitate their being closed. This view was facing west at approximately 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 7, 2009.

Part of the requirements for being a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide are to attend two meetings a year. They are now held in one of the auditoriums in the new Visitor Center. One is in the fall, and one is in the spring. We last took photographs here during the LBG Spring, 2008 meeting. During the meetings, the guides receive updates on procedural changes and National Park Service information. This year, over 100 Licensed Battlefield Guides received updates from Clyde Bell who coordinates the Licensed Battlefield Guide program; Brian Shaffer, the Gettysburg Foundation Facilities Manager; Connie Noble who heads Visitor Services for the Foundation; Marc Pratt, the National Park Service Chief of Maintenance; and Dr. John Latschar the National Park Service Superintendent. Clyde Bell informed us that of the 19 individuals who scored the highest on last December’s written LBG test, three have been or will receive oral examinations this spring. One has dropped out. One is still testing. One is yet to be tested. We decided to use our limited video capacity to show some highlights from Marc Pratt’s and John Latschar’s presentations. If a guide cannot attend a meeting, they are required to watch the National Park Service video of the meeting in the National Park Service Visitor Center at their earliest convenience.  They are not allowed to fast forward the video.

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Superintendent John Latschar’s recap of the past couple of months included: considered the first year of the new Visitor Center a success; although overall visitation to the park was down, visitation to the Visitor Center was up; Old Visitor Center demolition; Cyclorama Building update; GAO review of NPS partnerships; Wills House; burial of utility lines; Gettysburg Western Maryland Train Station acquisition; Gettysburg shuttle system; downtown signage; stimulus package money; FY 2009 budget; cannon carriage shop employment; landscape rehabilitation; land acquisition; John McKenna’s and Greg Coco’s deaths; Ed Pound’s article in the National Journal; Inspector General report; his relationship with the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides; Gettysburg National Military Park’s relationship with the guide force as a whole. He answered questions regarding: Cyclorama lawsuit; Gettysburg Country Club (when our memory ran out and the video stopped). The other question asked was regarding the National Tower lawsuit. He stated it was settled in March, 2006 with a payment to owners of $2.9 million. This view was facing west at approximately 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 7, 2009.



After Wednesday’s work, only a small corner remains of the 1962 Electric Map Auditorium. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.

Except for one small corner, the 1962 Electric Map Auditorium has been demolished. On Wednesday, the contractors leveled most of the remaining section of the auditorium except for a small section which they must be leaving up just to tease us that their work is not yet completed.In our first post we saw the initial work in the middle of the structure. In our second post we saw the breaching of the wall to the 1962 addition. In our third post, they had almost completely removed the 1962 Electric Map Lobby. In our fourth post the contractors broke through the wall to the Electric Map Auditorium. In the fifth post the contractors advanced farther into the auditorium and broken through the south wall. In the sixth post, the contractors knocked down the south wall separating the 1921 building from the 1962 building, and began to demolish the west and southwest sides of the 1921 building. In the seventh post, the contractors made significant progress on both the 1921 building and the 1962 building. In the eighth post, the contractors had almost completely demolished the 1921 building and made more progress on the 1962 building. In the ninth post, the contractors significantly opened up the 1962 Electric Map Auditorium. In the tenth post, the contractors significantly demolished the northeast corner of the 1962 Electric Map Auditorium. In our eleventh post, the contractors demolished three of the remaining five sections of the 1962 Electric Map Auditorium.



Here’s the remaining section from the southeast. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.



The remaining section from the south. This view was taken facing north at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.



The remaining section from the southwest. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.



A view from what used to be the rear of the National Park Service Electric Map Visitor Center. The pile on the left is rubble, and not the remainder of the structure. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.



A wider view from the west. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.



A view from the northwest. The wall at the Soldiers National Cemetery should soon be visible all along the Taneytown Road. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.



We’re zooming in a little from the northwest. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.



A closer view of what is essentially a pile of rubble. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.



A view from the north. This view was taken facing south at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.



A view from the northeast. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.



A view from the east. This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.



A closer view of the remaining section of the 1962 auditorium. This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.



The view from the Taneytown Road entrance to the Soldiers National Cemetery. This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.

See the following related posts:

Culp’s Hill with Licensed Battlefield Guide Charlie Fennel here.
Gettysburg Guide Room: The Final Days on March 8, 2008.
Lights Out at the Electric Map on April 13, 2008.
New Guide Room at the New Visitor Center on April 19, 2008.
New Association of Licensed Battlefield Guide Office and Library Opens on August 25, 2008.
Evergreen Cemetery Headstone Damage with LBG Deb Novotny on October 20, 2008.
Camp Letterman with LBG Phil Lechak here.
Gettysburg Artillery with LBG George Newton here.
“Mammy’s Little Baby Loves Guided Tours” with LBG Charlie Fennell on November 23, 2008.
Bucktails on McPherson’s Ridge Part 1 with LBG Rich Kohr on November 26, 2008.
Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Exam 2008 on December 6, 2008.
Gettysburg Hawk Hunting with Licensed Battlefield Guide Dave Weaver on December 14, 2008.
Colonel Edward Ephraim Cross with LBG Rich Bellamy here.
Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr: William Wible’s Gettysburg Quarry on January 21, 2009.
The Gettysburg Electric Trolley with LBG Rich Kohr here
ACHS Battle of Gettysburg Civil War Research Room with LBG Tim Smith on February 10, 2009.
Lutheran Theological Seminary Cupola with LBG Tim Smith here
John F. Kennedy’s Gettysburg Visit with LBG Richard Goedkoop here.
Gettysburg Harrisburg Railroad with LBG Don Walters here.
Neill Avenue (Lost Avenue) with LBG Ted Gajewski here.

Demolition of the Old Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center Update #11 on April 7, 2009.
Demolition of the Old Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center Update #10 on April 6, 2009.
Demolition of the Old Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center Update #9 on April 4, 2009.
Demolition of the Old Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center Update #8 on April 3, 2009.
Demolition of the Old Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center Update #7 on April 2, 2009.
Demolition of the Old Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center Update #6 on April 1, 2009.
Demolition of the Old Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center Update #5 on March 31, 2009.
Demolition of the Old Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center Update #4 on March 27, 2009.
Demolition of the Old Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center Update #3 on March 26, 2009.
Demolition of the Old Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center Update #2 on March 25, 2009.
Demolition of the Old Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center Begins on March 24, 2009.
Cyclorama Construction Fencing: Completed on North Side, Redone on West Side on March 13, 2009.
A Fence Too Far: Cyclorama Construction Fencing Completed on West Side on March 1, 2009.
Construction Fences Arrive at Old Visitor Centers on February 27, 2009.
Old Visitor Center Lawn in Limbo on May 28, 2008.
Lights Out at the Electric Map on April 13, 2008.
Moving Day at the Gettysburg Visitor Center on April 12, 2008.
An Emptiness at the Visitor Center on March 31, 2008.
Gettysburg Guide Room: The Final Days on March 8, 2008.
A Sunday Afternoon Walk Around the Old Gettysburg Visitor Center on February 24, 2008.


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