Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: The Electric Map (In Transition)A classic part of the battlefield visit experience at the National Park Service Visitor Center, dismantled in 2008.
- Formerly in Gettysburg National Military Park, put in storage in 2008, auctioned to a buyer in Hanover, PA in 2012.
- Not currently open.
- In Transition
Visitor Tips and News About The Electric Map
The Electric Map in the old Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park closed in April 2008, when the new Visitor Center opened. The Map was condemned by the National Park Service for being antiquated and for containing asbestos. It was removed in pieces and stored. The pieces of the Map were sold at public auction in 2012 to Scott Roland, a businessman from Hanover, Pennsylvania, who has been working on asbestos removal and program restoration since that time.
A recent article in The Hanover Evening Sun projects a public opening for the restored Electric Map in early summer of this year. The Map will be in Hanover, site of an important clash during the Gettysburg Campaign.[Truman Eyler, 03/28/2016]
The Gettysburg Electric Map was sold in an online auction by the General Services Administration and the National Park Service. The winning bid on Friday, September 14, was $14,010, placed by Scott Roland, a businessman from nearby Hanover. His stated plan is to move the Map to a display site in Hanover to help to increase interest in and visitation to his town. It was the site of a Civil War battle in the Gettysburg campaign involving George A. Custer and J.E.B. Stuart.[Truman Eyler, 09/16/2012]
The Electric Map at the National Park Service Visitor Center at Gettysburg, PA, will close its doors forever on April 13, 2008, four weeks from today. This famous attraction, which has served millions of visitors for decades, will be replaced by a film on Monday, April 14, 2008, when the National Park Service opens its new Visitor Center 3/8 of a mile away. The former Visitor Center, formerly the Rosensteel Museum, will be closed permanently on April 13, 2008, and will eventually be razed as part of a plan to restore segments of the battlefield. This is the very last chance to see the Electric Map one last time.[Truman Eyler, 03/19/2008]
August 2010: Truman sent a recent news story -- The Electic Map is on permanent loan to the Gettysburg Foundation, the Gettysburg National Military Park's fundraising and management partner. The 12-ton attraction, chopped into four pieces, had been in storage since 2008. There is talk of creating an Electric Map show, or simply storing it again. Several parties that wanted the map for local museums are not pleased. And whoever does something with the Electric Map will have to deal with this: it's covered with crumbly asbestos.