Park Museum and Visitor Center blend history, elegance and convenience for guests at the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War, a nationally renowned museum that spans 12 gal- leries and features some of the most celebrated artifacts from the Battle of Gettysburg.

At the museum, attendees surely will be impressed by the historically significant Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama paint- ing, which masterfully depicts a 360- degree view of Pickett’s Charge (com- plete with a light-and-sound experience that puts visitors amid the fury of the battle), while the film “A New Birth of Freedom,” which is sponsored by the History Channel and is narrated by Morgan Freeman, tells the epic story of the Battle of Gettysburg and the war that changed our nation.

Joyner and Cromeans further note that the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is a LEED Gold Certified facility. “We offer state-of- the-art conveniences, public Wi-Fi, plen- ty of free parking, and motor coach access at the door with dedicated park- ing. Our exclusive on-site catering team and dedicated events staff are ready to help make your event a moment in his- tory. For private, after-hour functions, living historians or period music can be added to enhance the event and delight attendees."

The Gettysburg Foundation regularly plays host to receptions, reunions, cere- monies, development training and con- ferences of corporate, private and mem- ber organizations.

In addition, the foundation also offers “What In The World Is A Cyclorama,” an exclusive, after-hours tour of the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting. This program provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into this 19th century work of art led by a knowledgeable historian. Planners may opt to include a buffet dinner as part of their group’s experi- ence, as well. Cycloramas once were the “IMAX” of their day, and the

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Gettysburg Cyclorama is the largest of its kind in North America.

Marc Kaminetsky is the director of sports, tourism and convention sales for the VFTCB (Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board), representing Montgomery County, PA. He takes great pride in the fact that Valley Forge National Historical Park is located in Montgomery County. “Many are famil- iar with the park because of the Revolutionary War encampment of General George Washington and his troops from 1777 to 1778," he notes.

He adds that many of the meetings and events that take place in Valley Forge utilize history as a theme.

“From conference logos to meeting slo- gans, the area is widely known for its ties to history,” continues Kaminetsky. “In fact, the VFTCB created its ‘Revolutionary Events’ brand with a nod to its historical roots, including the slo- gan of ‘Forge The Extraordinary’.”

He observes that association and reli- gious markets seem to embrace history theme, especially. “However, the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board has had the most success in promoting our historical assets to the military reunion market. Attendees of these reunions connect well with the histori- cal sites and attractions in Montgomery County.”

In addition to its history, this well round- ed destination also has become known for world class shopping at King of Prussia Mall and at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets.

“Attendees also regularly take advan- tage of our unique team building activi- ties,” notes Kaminetsky, “including indoor skydiving at iFLY, ziplining at Elmwood Park Zoo, and wine tastings at our numerous wineries.”

It turns out that, despite being a small state geographically, Delaware is pretty big when it comes to lovers of history.

Tina Coleman, communications manag- er for Southern Delaware Tourism, notes that "it’s only natural that the southern end of the First State - where the first town in the First State, Lewes, is located - offers plenty for history buffs.”

“Centuries ago,” she continues, “Captain John Smith explored tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay and met the Nanticoke Indian tribe near what’s now the his- toric town of Laurel. The history that’s unfolded in the years since has been documented and preserved, drawing the attention of visitors and fans of his- tory with fascinating sites and splendid stories."

Southern Delaware boasts ties to Native American history; agricultural history; maritime and military history; natural history; industrial history; architectural history; social history; aviation history; and even railroad history!

“Visitors will find charming seaside and riverside towns, each with their own fas- cinating stories,” explains Coleman. “They'll hear war stories and stories of political intrigue; stories of pirates and shipwrecks and tales of buried booty as they stroll historic shipbuilding villages, picturesque farming communities, and quintessential beach towns."

The historic sites of Southern Delaware all are easily accessible to visitors, too, and can be incorporated as part of group activities for those who are inter- ested. Coleman says this can include: site visits; driving itineraries; custom guided tours; trolley, walking and boat tours; or visits to an eclectic collection of 26 museums.

“Fort Miles, for instance, is a World War II fort and fabulous museum situated in a WWII battery that was built beneath the sand dunes in Cape Henlopen State Park,” she notes. “They offer fantastic tours and the park itself is one of our Sussex County jewels, with bay and ocean beaches, miles of trails that are ideal for team building excursions, a nature center, and more."

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