USA. Gettysburg museum and wetlands to benefit from $100,000 Alcoa Foundation donation

Monday, 20 November 2006

The Alcoa Foundation recently donated $100,000 to the Gettysburg Foundation to assist the Foundation with the environmental sustainability of the new Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park.

“We are tremendously grateful for this generous gift,” said Gettysburg Foundation President Robert C. Wilburn. “We are committed to preserving this landscape and providing visitors with an understanding of what happened here and how those events are relevant in today’s world. This gift allows us to be one step closer to achieving our goals.”

The Gettysburg Foundation is working in partnership with the National Park Service to build a new Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg; the new facility will open in spring 2008.

“Alcoa Foundation is pleased to play a part in the enhancement and preservation of this significant landmark in American history. Conservation and sustainability is an Alcoa Foundation Area of Excellence, so we are truly pleased to be involved with this unique and functional, self-sustainable landscape preservation and restoration project,” said Meg McDonald, president of Alcoa Foundation.

The Gettysburg Foundation is committed to an environmentally sustainable building and site, which includes landscape preservation and restoration. As an example, preservation of as many wetland areas on the site as possible — for the 0.682 acres of wetlands that will be disturbed by the new facilities, the Foundation is restoring almost three times that amount — 1.912 acres. This includes creation of new wetlands as part of the restoration of the portion of the Guinn Run stream bed corridor that runs near the new Museum and Visitor Center.

Last Updated ( Monday, 20 November 2006 )