McCormick Tribune Foundation Awards $1 Million to Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation

    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
 publisher."
     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
 Campaign.
     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
 http://www.mccormicktribune.org/ .
 
     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
 http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/ .
 
 

SOURCE McCormick Tribune Foundation

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