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April 02, 2002

Main Street Gettysburg is seeking volunteers to staff welcome center

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Main Street Gettysburg, the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg, Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation, Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation and others are creating a self-guided welcome center outlining major projects in the Gettysburg area on the first floor of the historic David Wills House on Lincoln Square. Help is needed from the community to staff the center with volunteer greeters ages 18 to 88, students as high school senior projects, and organizations as service projects.

Interested volunteers should contact Main Street Gettysburg at 1-717-337-3491 or send e-mail to info@mainstreetgettysburg.org to register.

The center will be open Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., from mid-April through mid-November 2002. Displays are an interim project until rehabilitation on the Wills House begins. The center will be open to the public with free admission.

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Greeters must be outgoing, cheerful and make visitors feel welcome. Ideally, volunteers will possess a working knowledge of the town and greater Gettysburg area, be familiar with local landmarks and areas of historic interest, assist visitors with walking and driving directions to areas of interest, love history and have a basic understanding of the projects represented within the center.

Exhibits in the Wills House will include an 8- by 10-foot painting of the Gettysburg Address, painted by Vicki Khuzami.

Exhibits and information about the preservation work of the sponsoring organizations and the restoration projects and plans of Gettysburg will be featured in this historic site which hosted President Abraham Lincoln during his visit to deliver the Gettysburg Address.

It is possible to consider two very low income eligible senior citizens to work part-time in this project and be paid through government programs. One program provides 20 hours per week at minimum wage and the other 25 hours per week at $6 per hour. Government program enrollment and eligibility verification are the responsibility of the applicant.

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