ATA Staff Out in the Community


Tourism Cares Event in Gettysburg, PA

Tourism Cares Event in Gettysburg, PA

Times are tight, and our business is asking us to do more with less. Being smart with every penny is the message of the day, both at home and at the office.  When stress is high, where do we turn to for a much needed break?

Despite the gloomy economic news, Academic Travel Abroad’s staff has found ways to kick back while giving back, and creating the “feel good” sensation along the way. 

Within the last few weeks, ATA staff has participated in several exciting community activities that provide a much-needed break in these demanding times. 

On April 17th, several staff members participated with Tourism Cares in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to help renovate and clean up historic Spangler Farm. Used as a Union field hospital, it is the location where General Lewis Addison Armistead died after being mortally wounded in Pickett’s Charge during the Battle of Gettysburg. ATA staff joined 300 other volunteers in clearing out underbrush on the fields and removing invasive, tangled vines across the property. As day’s end, everyone departed with a sense of community and sharing. 

On April 22nd, Earth Day, several more members of the ATA staff joined the Nature Conservancy on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail for some trail clean-up.  They spent the afternoon clearing out more of the invasive vines that harm the ecosystem of woodland areas. With a little sweat and determination, they made a “green” dent in a small section of the trail.

Just yesterday, several more of our staff ventured out in the afternoon for a special tour of the National Gallery of Arts Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age led by Eric Denker, Senior Lecturer at the museum, and ATA’s Venice study leader.  The paintings were magnificent and rave reviews came back regarding Eric’s insight and knowledge of the artwork.

Participating in community events, volunteering time, and simply enjoying some of the amazing local museums – whether individually or with staff members – can be a terrific way to recharge our batteries!

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Academic Travel Abroad & Tourism Cares in Gettysburg

1Members 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.

Gettysburg, PA

A re-enactment at Gettysburg battlefields.

A re-enactment at Gettysburg battlefields.

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.

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