For Immediate Release: 07/01/11
Explore Gettysburg for Free This Weekend with Civil War Trust's Popular Gettysburg 'Battle App'
Free limited time offer made available in honor of Gettysburg battle anniversary, July 1 -3, 2011
(Gettysburg, Pa.) – In honor of the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Civil War Trust is offering its popular Gettysburg “Battle App” for free download from July 1 – 3, 2011. The Trust, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting hallowed ground, has developed a growing series of GPS-based mobile battlefield tours that offer visitors a personalized, multi-media experience when exploring Civil War battlefields.
“Our Gettysburg Battle App is like having a tour guide in your pocket” said Civil War Trust president James Lighthizer. “We are thrilled to offer it for free during the 3-day anniversary of this decisive battle.”
The Trust’s Gettysburg Battle App focuses on Devil's Den and Little Round Top, two of the most frequently visited areas of the battlefield. The centerpiece of the Battle App are “virtual signs” that provide users with stirring accounts of battle action through use of multimedia content, period images and maps. In addition, users can access orders of battle, fun facts, quizzes and treasure hunts.
“Our goal is to encourage visitors to engage with history in a new way. With this app, you can visit the battlefield with a wealth of information at your fingertips,” said Garry Adelman, the Trust’s director of history and education and a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide.
Beginning today and continuing through Sunday, July 3, the Gettysburg Battle App is available for free download through Apple’s iTunes App Store. Next week the app reverts to its customary low price of just $2.99. The product is optimized for use on iPhones and iPod Touches, but will also work on the iPad.
The Gettysburg Battle App was developed in partnership with technology partner NeoTreks and in consultation with History Associates, Inc., a leading historical research firm. A similar product is available for the Battle of Fredericksburg; the Trust’s Battle of Bull Run/First Manassas will be released in mid-July. For more information about the content, use and availability of Civil War Trust Battle Apps, please visit www.civilwar.org/battleapp.
The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its goal is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 30,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. To learn more, visit the Trust at Civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.