Members of Academic Travel Abroad staff will volunteering their day on Friday April 17th, 2009 at the Tourism Cares event at Spangler Farm in Gettyburg, PA.
Tourism Cares was formed by the combining of the National Tourism Foundation, founded by the National Tour Association in 1982, and the Travelers Conservation Foundation, founded in 1999 by the United States Tour Operators Association. The resulting non-profit organization benefits society by preserving the travel experience for future generations through awarding grants to natural, cultural and historic sites worldwide; by presenting academic and service-focused scholarships to hospitality and tourism students; and by organizing volunteer efforts to restore tourism-related sites in need of care and rejuvenation.
In April, 2009 Tourism Cares will embark on its 7th Annual Tourism Cares for America project at Spangler Farm in Gettysburg, PA. Gettysburg and Spangler Farm are sites whose significance in US history cannot be overstated. Sitting on 80 acres in rural Pennsylvania, Spangler Farm was used as a field hospital for thousands of wounded soldiers during the Battle of Gettysburg. Spangler Farm also serves as the sight of the death of Confederate General Lewis Armistead, who led the climactic event of the three day battle – Pickett’s Charge. Today, the property is one of the last field hospitals kept intact as it was in 1863.
Gettysburg is the place where 165,000 soldiers met to fight for their beliefs. It is the place where Abraham Lincoln helped mend a torn nation with his Gettysburg Address, and the place where millions have stood to reflect on the importance of the events that occurred there. Gettysburg was the battle with the largest number of casualties in the American Civil War and is frequently cited as the war’s turning point. It is the place where our country was saved, and it has come to symbolize the utmost in patrotism. Gettysburg is our nation’s common ground.
Volunteers will be involved in painting, replacing fencing, demolition of modern structures, clearing brush, repairing the outbuildings, and much more.
So come join the ATA staff and the others in the tourism community at this event to help preserve some our greatest American history and meet new members of the travel and tourism in the area.