Readers may remember that in 2019 HGAC had forged
a partnership with the Gettysburg Foundation on a number of initiatives scheduled in 2020. Of course, the pandemic prevented
these programs from happening. But we are pleased to announce that this valuable partnership is back in action and our
“Summer at Spangler” program will participate in the Foundation’s Spangler Farm summer schedule in 2021!
The Foundation opens the Farm to the
public every June through August on weekends. Every weekend features different reenactors or living historians depicting
various facets of the times: military units; medical services; civilian life during the period, etc. The Foundation
docents also address many aspects of the Farm from family history to life on a 19th Century farm to the impact
of the battle on this critically placed farm. Of course, the barn, winner of the HGAC Barn Preservation Award in 2017,
is the centerpiece of the farm and various presentations take place in it. But the overwhelming focus of the presentations
is on the role of the barn and property in the weeks before and after the battle, especially its role as the 11th
Corps Field Hospital.
It is this bounded
view of the barn that belies its importance as a premier example of the Standard Pennsylvania Barn. It stood there for
years prior to the battle and continues to lend its majesty to the farm. That is why representatives from HGAC and the
Preservation Committee will be at the Spangler Farm every Sunday starting June 11th through Sunday, August 13th.
We will also be there for the season-opening Spangler Farm Family Day on Saturday, May 29th. We will be addressing
the barn not so much in its medical role but rather as a notable example of regional vernacular architecture in its own right.
Centered on an exhibit space under the forebay, HGAC docents will address topics such as its construction and its place in
the life of a farm. Also, tours of the barn will be conducted.
Be assured, your docents will be ready to represent HGAC to a large and diverse
audience, enthralling visitors with their knowledge of our iconic Pennsylvania Barn. They will also help cement this
emerging partnership between HGAC and the Foundation with its important promise of future possibilities.
Questions can be directed to Greg Kaufmann at email@example.com or 931-217-0269.