Gettysburg Story Tour + Film

Fly in new Gettysburg Story Balloon with Actor Stephen Lang On July 4!

The Gettysburg Story and Gettysburg Heritage Center Present Hollywood Star on July 4 at Noon

June 12, 2014

Gettysburg, PA

For Immediate Release


At noon on July 4 acclaimed actor Stephen Lang will participate in a meet and greet at the new Gettysburg Heritage Center.  The event is part of the commemoration of America’s greatest battle and the launching of the new Gettysburg Story Balloon at the Gettysburg Heritage Center.  Lang will meet fans and autograph items in the Gift Center.


As an added benefit, with each purchase of The Gettysburg Story (DVD, Blu-ray or Auto Tour) from June 10 through the end of the signing July 4th, guests will be entered into a drawing to be one of 15 individuals selected to receive a complimentary helium balloon ride with Stephen Lang.  The ride will occur immediately after the signing.  In the event of inclement weather, winners will receive a voucher for a future complimentary ride.


The new Gettysburg Story Balloon at Gettysburg Heritage Center launches in summer 2014. This new experience is created by Aeroballoon a leader in passenger-carrying tethered balloons.  AeroBalloon is silent, non-polluting, & memorable for the entire family.  The balloon will show visitors Gettysburg as they have never seen it before, soaring hundreds of feet in the air to see the epic battlefield landscape.  The


Stephen Lang, best known as Colonel Quaritch in James Cameron’s Avatar, and known by Civil War buffs as "SLang" for his roles as General Pickett in Gettysburg and as Stonewall Jackson in Gods and Generals.  He is currently playing Increase Mather in WGN’s ‘Salem’ television series. He has agreed to reprise his role as Col. Quaritch in 3 sequels to Avatar.


The Gettysburg Story, directed by Jake Boritt uses aerial cinematography, motion-control time-lapse, and 3-D animated maps to bring the stories of Lincoln, Lee, Meade and others to a new generation. Released for the 150th anniversary of the historic battle, the groundbreaking film was broadcast on Public Television to 85% of the nation.  Through the summer the film will play regularly at Gettysburg’s Majestic Theater.  It is now available on home video and for educational use.


The companion Battlefield Auto Tour presents a gripping journey through the Gettysburg Battlefield following the official National Park Auto Tour route. It is based on the works of renowned historian and author, Gabor Boritt. Now this unique experience is brought to thousands more by acclaimed actor Lang.  For new visitors and buffs alike, Lang's stunning performance brings alive the story of the battle and Lincoln's nation-changing address.



The Gettysburg Heritage Center, formerly the American Civil War Wax Museum, reopened on May 5th.   Due to the ongoing renovations, The Heritage Center will extend complimentary admission through December 31, 2014.


The focus of the new Heritage Center is “the town, the people, and their stories;” where ordinary people did extraordinary things. Utilizing artifacts; 3-D programing; and interactive exhibits, visitors will experience life as it was for those who lived in Gettysburg before, during and after the battle.


Until recently only the new high-definition theater and gift store were accessible to guests.  Beginning July 1, the first phase of the exhibit space will be open. The multi-year project will continue to change, adding more details, interactive experiences and artifacts to the story of the people of Gettysburg


The new theater production focuses on the three-day battle, and the aftermath of the conflict. Developed in collaboration with the Civil War Trust, the movie creates a concise overview for those with limited knowledge, yet offers new insight to avid Gettysburg historians.


The gift store continues to offer a wide selection of books, gifts and collectibles, home décor, souvenirs, replica weapons, games and toys, apparel, and much more.






Tammy Myers, CTA

Gettysburg Heritage Center

297 Steinwehr Avenue

Gettysburg, PA 17325



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