Speak Out in Opposition To Gettysburg Casino Proposal!

On August 31, the Pennsylvania Gaming Board will hold a public hearing on a proposal to license a casino located one-half mile from the Gettysburg National Military Park.

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The Civil War Preservation Trust is asking historians and other concerned citizens to contact the Gaming Board (click here) in advance of the hearing to express their opposition to this misguided use of land so close to the hallowed ground of Gettysburg.

On July 1, 276 American historians sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in opposition to a proposal to license a casino located one-half mile from the Gettysburg National Military Park. Beyond the individual signatories, the American Historical Association, National Coalition for History, National Council on Public History, Organization of American Historians, Society for Military History and Southern Historical Association sent a separate letter of opposition to the Gaming Board.

Although the proposed casino site along the Emmitsburg Road lies outside the current administrative boundaries of Gettysburg National Military Park, it would be on land identified as historically sensitive by the American Battlefield Protection Program, an arm of the National Park Service. The application before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board would retrofit an existing family-friendly hotel complex into a gambling resort with an initial 600 slot machines in addition to table games.

2 thoughts on “Speak Out in Opposition To Gettysburg Casino Proposal!

  1. I’m very concerned no matter how the gaming board rules. There is just no way a casino belongs on this site in my mind. And it would be fairly simple to place out near the Wal-mart and other commercial enterprises on Route 30.

    On the other hand, the thought of a gaming board (or ANY board) deciding that a property can’t use their property as they wish (at least within zoning regs) is also extremely offensive. don’t we claim that the civil war was, at least in part, about freedom?

    Is it possible in PA to buy development rights?

  2. As someone who has devoted herself to history and as a professional in the field of history, I decry this proposed casino!

    Think of our national heritage – once a site is developed, one cannot go back…

    Alison Stankrauff
    Archivist and Assistant Librarian
    Franklin D. Schurz Library
    Indiana University South Bend
    P.O. Box 7111
    South Bend, Indiana 46634
    (574) 520-4392
    astankra@iusb.edu

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