On Jan. 25, 2011, at 11 a.m., the general public is invited to attend a special ceremony to celebrate the launch of the new Gettysburg Quarter. This historic special event will take place in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. There will be live music, special guest speakers and children under the age of 18 at theevent will receive a free Gettysburg Quarter to commemorate this special day. Aspecially designed cake, featuring the Gettysburg Quarter, will be served.
The Gettysburg Foundation is co-hosting the ceremony, which will include Gettysburg NMP Superintendent Bob Kirby, Gettysburg Foundation Vice Chair Barbara Finfrock, Acting Director of the United States Mint Andrew Brunhart, the United States Mint mascot Peter the Mint Eagle, students from Lincoln Elementary School in Gettysburg, Girl Scouts, a Civil War honor guard and other special guests.
“We are very happy to be honored with this beautiful new quarter,” said Bob Kirby, Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent. “The coin can be a daily reminder of the sacrifices made at Gettysburg and a great way to start a conversation about national parks, national heritage and the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.”
The Gettysburg Quarter is the sixth in a series minted under the America the Beautiful Quarter Program to pay homage to the nation’s national parks. The series, which launched in 2010, has already honored Hot Springs National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and Mount Hood National Forest. The program will feature 56 parks and natural areas in all. For more information, go to:
Full Text of the Press Release is at The Gettysburg Foundation