Monday, October 19, 2009

When Next In Gettysburg. . .

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. . ..you must take the time to visit the new Gettysburg Museum of History, located at 219 Baltimore Street in the heart of town. Be prepared to spend several hours, for the collections and artificats on display are simply incredible. Owner/Curator Eric Dorr, with whom I have had the great pleasure to become acquainted, has a real passion for history and for preserving it through his exhibitions. There is no charge for admittance, but please be sure to donate generously. Eric's grandparents once owned the home and he had ancestors living in town during the battle. A large collection of items, never before displayed, and which were gathered from the fields of Pickett's Charge by Dorr's ancestors are on display. Eric is fond of remembering spending hours in his grandparents' basement as a kid going through and cataloging the collection. From an early age, then, Dorr became interesting in relic collecting, a passion that continues to this day. A remarkable collection of Civil War relics and artificats are, of course, featured prominently, and not just from the battle of Gettysburg.
Uniforms, rifles, buckles, flags. . .everything you can imagine. . .are exhibited. Be sure to check out the "Antietam Obelisk," a painted shingle from off the Dunker Church, and even this monogramed doorknob from Robert E. Lee's home in Arlington.
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Next to the Civil War Room is a room devoted to American Presidents from Washington to Obama, including a large collection of Abraham Lincoln and Lincoln assassination relics.
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The president's room is amazing. Dorr has locks of hair from George Washington, Harry Truman's Fedora, and even Truman's hospital wristband, which was on his wrist when he died.

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While the Civil War and presidents' collections are worth the visit in of themselves, perhaps the most amazing collection is that which is featured in the museum's two back rooms. . .all on President John Kennedy.
Dorr has an actual suit worn by Kennedy while he was a senator, a box of unsmoked cigars which were on his White House desk when he took that fateful trip to Dallas, and just too many other amazing artifacts to do any justice to in a short blog post. You must see this for yourself.
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Eric Dorr's new Museum of History is one of Gettysburg's must-see spots, and when you're planning a trip down here, be sure to schedule several hours to spend in this remarkable place. In the meantime, watch this video of a local newscast, which features several live broadcasts from the museum. . . .






1 comment:

Chris Evans said...

What a interesting place! Is that THE famous rocking chair that the famous pictures of JFK were taken in?
Thanks for the great post as I love presidential history,
Chris