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Gettysburg's New Battle: Saving the Stone Soldiers
Gettysburg’s New Battle showcases the 1300-plus monuments or “stone soldiers” located at Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, PA.

HIGH-DEFINITION (HD) SPECIAL ABOUT GETTYSBURG SOLDIERS

PREMIERES TO A GLOBAL AUDIENCE

PITTSBURGH, PennsylvaniaGettysburg’s New Battle: Saving the Stone Soldiers will premiere on WQED-TV and WQED-HD and be “simul-streamed” to a world-wide audience at www.wqed.org on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST.) The program will encore on WQED-TV and WQED-HD on Wednesday, November 19 at 10 p.m. on the 145th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.

Gettysburg’s New Battle showcases the 1300-plus monuments or “stone soldiers” located at Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, PA. The fascinating stories about the people who fought during that three-day battle in July of 1863 are told by the people working to preserve and protect the monuments that time, nature and vandals have damaged. Home to the world’s largest collection of outdoor sculpture, Gettysburg National Military Park receives almost two million visitors from around the world each year.

Funded by the Pennsylvania Public Television Network (PPTN,) this hour-long documentary will be available to air statewide on PPTN stations beginning November 1. “Gettysburg’s New Battle,” featuring compelling new interviews, fresh historic perspectives and breathtaking HD video, is an expanded version of the half-hour special “Stone Soldiers: Saving the Gettysburg Monuments” which aired on WQED-TV. That premiere was “simul-streamed” for a worldwide audience in March of 2007 on www.wqed.org (http://www.wqed.org/) where viewers were able to participate with online comments.

For additional information, or to add comments about this documentary, go to: www.wqed.org/tv/onq/specials/gettysburg_newbattle.php

Stone Soldiers won the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for “Outstanding Historical/Cultural Program” and two Press Club of Western Pennsylvania 2008 Golden Quill awards for “Outstanding Feature” and “Outstanding Videography” from the Press.

PPTN station WHYY in Philadelphia has scheduled Gettysburg’s New Battle on: December 7 at 7 a.m.; December 8 at noon; December 10 at 10 a.m.; December 11 at 1 p.m. and December 12 at 2 p.m.

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED-DT; WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED-HD; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; a publishing division that includes PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

Pennsylvania Public Television Network (PPTN) is a technology service and grant-making agency to eight PPTN member public television stations. The network is committed to advancing educational, cultural and civic opportunities and supporting public safety. PPTN is accountable for Commonwealth funds appropriated to it by the General Assembly and supports its member media organizations in their service to the citizens of the Commonwealth.

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