Guild recognizes museum as one of three top “Wider World” attractions
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Gettysburg, Pa. (Nov. 13, 2013)— The British Guild of Travel Writers designated the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum as “highly commended” and one of only three finalists in the world for its Best Wider World Project award, which honors new attractions outside of Europe that have been open fewer than three years. The designation was made at the Guild’s annual awards dinner in early November, on the eve of Britain’s World Travel Market, one of the largest international travel trade fairs. Museum Executive Director Barbara Franco attended the awards dinner.
The top Wider World award went to the Tren Curdcero, a cruise train in Ecuador. The other finalist for the award was the Mob Museum in Las Vegas. The award annually features three finalists noted for the best recent tourism project outside of Europe that not only has tourism potential, but also benefits the local community.
"The Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum is honored to be one of only three finalists in the world for this award,” said Franco. “In the few short months that we have been open, visitors from around the world tell us that the museum’s presentation of topics that deal with the broader issues of the Civil War, including care of the wounded, compassion and sacrifice, faith and freedom are both unexpected and emotionally powerful."
Projects were proposed and judged by the Guild’s 275 British journalists, authors, editors, photographers and broadcasters.
The museum’s opening was covered by the Daily Telegraph (United Kingdom), and the opening is a cornerstone event in Gettysburg’s 150th commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863) and Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (Nov. 19, 1863). The historic 1832 building, on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, was preserved to house the museum, stabilizing the structure for future generations. The interactive and immersive exhibits challenge visitors to think about the American Civil War from new perspectives, including its meaning and legacy for our time.
Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum
The new Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum opened July 1, 2013. The museum’s permanent exhibit—“Voices of Duty and Devotion” focuses on three main areas—none of which are the focus of any other museum in Gettysburg: the pivotal first day of the Battle of Gettysburg on Seminary Ridge; the care of the wounded; and the larger issues of faith and freedom. A one-mile outdoor trail complements a museum visit with wayside markers, and special exhibits, programs and events will be offered throughout the year. The museum is operated by the non-profit Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation and is a joint venture of the Adams County Historical Society and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. For more information and to reserve tickets, including reservations for the Exclusive-Access Cupola Tour, visit www.seminaryridgemuseum.org