Historic Gettysburg-Adams County
(HGAC) hosted an educational event at the historic George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital, bringing together building trades students from Adams County Technical Institute and multimedia students from Gettysburg
Area High School.
“This event was a great opportunity for the Gettysburg Foundation to partner with HGAC and their
Investing-In-Youth Initiative,” said Spangler Farm Site Coordinator Paul Semanek. “The George Spangler Farm is
not only an ideal location to learn about history, but also to learn and see traditional building techniques,” added
During the event, Adams County Technical Institute students learned about the preservation process from HGAC barn
preservation specialist David Mclay and Warehaus architectural practice lead Erin Himmelberger.
Warehaus had partnered
with the Gettysburg Foundation in the award-winning preservation, restoration and rehabilitation efforts of the George Spangler barn, summer kitchen,
smokehouse and farmhouse from 2010-2019.
While trades students learned preservation techniques and participated in some
hands-on construction of a scaled-down barn structure, Gettysburg High School multimedia students filmed the process under
the direction of instructor Kasey Smith. The footage collected during the event will be used as part of an upcoming three-part
With preservation and education at the heart of the Gettysburg Foundation’s mission, Semanek sees the opportunity
for more community and student-based events at Spangler. “We’re already planning on future cooperative programs,”