February 2010
passing the torch
BSA Turns 100,
President's Day &
Black History Month
Can you believe it is already February?

February is the shortest month of the year, but one of the most historically recognized months.  We all know that February is known for President's day and Black History month, but did you know that February 8th marks the anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America?  This year the Boy Scouts will be celebrating 100 years!

This edition of our monthly newsletter is full of promotions, special announcements, and upcoming events. There is something for everyone!
In This Issue
Presidential Plate of the Month!
Boy Scouts of America Turn 100!
February is Black History Month!
History Meets the Arts is Moving!!
Mark Your Calendar!
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Presidential Plate of the Month!
Washington chinaTo celebrate President's Day, the Gettysburg Gift Center is introducing a Presidential Plate of the Month promotion! Buy 13 plates, get 2 FREE! Anyone can join! Here is how it works:
  • Sign up to become part of the promotion by calling 1-800-887-7775
  • The first of every month, you will automatically be billed and shipped a Woodmere China Presidential dessert plate.  
  • 15 plates total.
  • You pay for 13 plates (13 months), and get the final 2 plates FREE!

It's that easy. Once you sign up, we take care of the rest! A perfect gift for a history buff, or an exquisite addition to your Presidential collection.  The first plate you will receive will be President Washington.  A complete list of Presidential china can be found by visiting our website at

*Substitutions allowed.  In place of the dessert plate, you may choose to receive a dinner plate, cup & saucer, or soup bowl each month.  To qualify for the promotion, you must receive the same piece of tableware each month.

**Shipping is $5 per piece of china. Shipping charges will be added to the sale at the time of shipment on the first of each month.

Boy Scouts of America Turn 100!
passing the torchOn February 8, the Boy Scouts of America will celebrate 100 years of scouting! Since the Boy Scouts formation in 1910, over 112 million Americans have been members. Boy Scouts have made a difference in many lives, from teaching basic survival skills, to instilling leadership and ethics in America's youth.  Its longevity speaks for itself!

In honor of this milestone, the Gettysburg Gift Center is offering FREE SHIPPING on "Passing the Torch" by Rick Reeves.  The print depicts two Boy Scouts with a Civil War Veteran during the 1938 reunion of the Battle of Gettysburg. At the request of the Pennsylvania State Commission, four troops of Boy Scouts from the York/Adams area were selected to serve during the reunion program. One hundred ninety-two Scouts of second and first-class rank were selected from 47 troops in the area. All were in complete scout uniform, and each wore a Blue and Gray neckerchief as the official emblem of this special service unit. The official duties of the Scouts included: serving in a first-aid station; assisting motor police in handling traffic; messenger and orderly service; and more.

To place an order for this print, visit our online store at www.GettysburgMuseum.com When placing your order, please enter coupon code: BSASHIP to receive free shipping on this print. Free shipping applies to this print only; it does not apply to any other merchandise purchased.  Adjustments will be made on internet orders.

February is Black History Month!
Underground Railroad for the classroomFebruary has been known as Black History Month since the mid-1920's. It is a time to reflect on the many struggles and significant contributions made by African-Americans. What better place to take a look at the history of African-Americans than Gettysburg? The decisive battle of the American Civil War where the struggle for freedom was tested and preserved.

The Gettysburg Gift Center has a large selection of black history books, classroom aides and more! Whether you are searching for a book on Frederick Douglass or a classroom kit on the Underground Railroad, the gift center has all the educational materials you are looking for! Visit our online store at www.GettysburgMuseum.com for books and educational materials for the classroom.

If you are looking for adult level books, we have a wide variety of titles! From Harriett Tubman to Black Southerners in Confederate Armies, the Gettysburg Gift Center is your resource on African-American history! Click here to shop for adult African-American titles!
History Meets the Arts is Moving to June!
History Meets the ArtsMark your calendar, the annual History Meets the Art Festival is moving to June! Since the festival was created more than 12 years ago, it has always been held in April.  After much discussion, History Meets the Arts will be incorporated into the 3rd annual Gettysburg Festival!  The dates for History Meets the Arts will be June 18, 19 & 20, 2010.

The Gettysburg Festival was created as an effort to increase cultural tourism and art education in Pennsylvania.  Gettysburg's central location, and rich history made it an ideal place for the Festival to take place.  Over the past two years since the Festival began it has received national and world-wide recognition for its performances and art education.  Notable performers include James Earl Jones, the Suzanne Ferrell Ballet, Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York, White House Executive Chef Walter Scheib, and many more! For more information about History Meets the Arts or the Gettysburg Festival, visit www.gettysburgfestival.org
Mark Your Calendar!
There are a number of events taking place at the American Civil War Museum and throughout the town of Gettysburg. Make sure you mark your calendar!

February - American Civil War Museum is closed to the public Monday - Friday.  Open weekends 9 am - 5 pm. Last tour begins at 4:15.

February 15 -
American Civil War Museum is open to the public 9 am - 5 pm.  Last tour begins at 4:15.

March 5 - 7 - Reenactor Appreciation Weekend.  For more information visit www.reenactorsrock.com

March 6 & 7 - 42nd Mississippi Living History at the American Civil War Museum. Visit www.GettysburgMuseum.com for more details.

March 27 & 28 - 42nd Mississippi Living History at the American Civil War Museum. Visit www.GettysburgMuseum.com for more details.

May 1 & 2 - Annual Apple Blossom Festival, South Mountain Fairgrounds.  Click here for more information.

May 31 - Annual Memorial Day Observance.  Parade through the town of Gettysburg at 1 p.m.

June 18 - 20 - History Meets the Arts in conjunction with the Gettysburg Festival.  Visit www.gettysburgfestival.org for more information.

June 18 - 20 - Pennsylvania Lavender Festival, Fairfield PA.  Visit www.palavenderfestival.com for details.

June 18 - 27 - The Gettysburg Festival.  Visit www.gettysburgfestival.org for details.

July 2 - 5 - Annual Gettysburg Battle Reenactment.  Visit www.gettysburgreenactment.com for more information.

July 8 - 11 - Gettysburg Bike Week.  Visit www.gettysburgbikeweek.com for more information.

For a detailed list of events taking place in Gettysburg, visit the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.gettysburg.travel!
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Thank you!

Stephanie Lightner
Public Relations