Cultural Exhibition

Temporary History

The Gettysburg Foundation

Gettysburg National Military Park

National Park Service Museum and Visitor Center

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Treasures of the Civil War: Legendary Leaders Who Shaped a War and a Nation

The National Park Service Museum and Visitor Center, with 22,000 square feet of interpretive exhibit space, is home to thousands of Civil War objects, interactive exhibits, and multi‐media presentations that cover the conflict from beginning to end as well as describe the Battle of Gettysburg and its terrible aftermath. For more information, visit

During the Civil War, the fate of the nation rested with a few political, military, and cultural leaders who had one thing in common: they achieved national fame by helping to chart a course that guided the nation through it's greatest crisis. As part of 150th anniversary commemorations, the Gettysburg Foundation commissioned 1717 to provide the comprehensive planning and design services required to develop a 4,000 SF exhibit that will be on display for three years. Most of the nearly one hundred artifacts are being exhibited at Gettysburg for the first time in a new 64' long conservation case. On loan from outstanding Civil War collections throughout the United States, the objects offer a unique and rare glimpse into the personal and professional lives of 13 individuals who helped shape a nation: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses Grant, George G. Meade, John Reynolds, George Pickett, Alexander Webb, William Tecumseh Sherman, George Custer, John Mosby, Frederick Douglass, and Clara Barton.

Also see the Treasures of the Civil War book designed by 1717.