YORK, Pa., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Gettysburg National Battlefield
Museum Foundation (GNBMF) has been granted $1 million by the McCormick Tribune
Foundation (MTF), one of the nation's largest charitable foundations. The
grant, part of MTF's 50th anniversary celebration, will be used to create the
McCormick Tribune Foundation Gallery that is being built in conjunction with a
major revitalization project at GNBMF, which includes a new museum, visitor
center and educational complex.
"We are delighted to support this initiative," said Richard A.
Behrenhausen, president of the McCormick Tribune Foundation. "This grant will
honor Colonel Robert. R. McCormick's legacy well because the gallery will
examine journalistic and military perspectives of the Civil War, which
represent two important facets of McCormick's life as a soldier and newspaper
The McCormick Tribune Foundation Gallery will honor Maj. William H.
Medill. Medill was the great-uncle of McCormick, the founder of MTF. Medill,
a major in the Union army, died from wounds he received during the Gettysburg
The McCormick Tribune Foundation Gallery will be located within the
"Campaign to Gettysburg" exhibit and will showcase the contributions of
Illinois troops, specifically the 8th Illinois Calvary Regiment, 12th Illinois
Calvary Regiment and 82nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The museum
contains 38,000 artifacts and 700,000 documents, maps and photographs relating
to the battle.
The gallery will also feature an exhibit entitled "Voices of
Correspondents," which will showcase the role of journalists in the Battle of
Gettysburg. This exhibit will include newspaper accounts of the battle and
related political developments and it will illustrate the experiences and
challenges faced by journalists during the Civil War.
About the McCormick Tribune Foundation
The McCormick Tribune Foundation is one of the nation's largest charitable
organizations, with current combined assets of close to $2 billion. In 2004
the foundation gave more than $90 million in the form of grants designed to
invest in communities, address human needs and promote the ideals of a
democratic society through innovative partnerships. The foundation, which
celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2005, was first established as a charitable
trust upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, longtime editor and
publisher of the Chicago Tribune.
The foundation provides assistance in four program areas -- communities,
education, journalism and citizenship -- and funds a special initiatives
program. Through its grants, the foundation seeks to improve the social and
economic environment; encourage a free and responsible discussion of issues
affecting the nation; enhance the effectiveness of American education; and
stimulate responsible citizenship. For more information, visit
About the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation
The Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation was established in
1998 to preserve the importance of Gettysburg National Military Park and to
educate the public and future generations about the events which took place at
the Battle of Gettysburg. Gettysburg National Military Park receives
2 million visitors annually and serves about 15 million students through
on-line and off-site educational programs. For more information, visit
SOURCE McCormick Tribune Foundation