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HGAC Invests in Next Generations of Students

New Learning Experiences Offered

HGAC launched its Investing in Youth Initiative in 2019 to:

  1. Increase appreciation of historic resources in Adams County;

  2. Provide learning experiences for youth and adult educators; and

  3. Build a workforce with skills to preserve historic buildings.


Donors and partners are providing financial and in-kind support for learning activities. Volunteers serve on the Initiative Team. If you have questions about donations; ideas for our youth education; and/or interest in serving on the Initiative Team, contact HGAC at 717-334-5185.

HGAC Partners With Learning Lab
  • Skilled artisans teach timber faming, stone masonry, log hewing, peg making and other skills to students interested in learning building trades or in preserving historic buildings.

  • The Adams County Technical Institute  high school Building Trades students attend the Learning Labs.

  • The Gettysburg Foundation generously permits the labs to occur at the restored George Spangler Farm.

  • Five labs have been held at the historic barn since 2019, with the most recent held on October 11, 2023.


For more information, contact Greg Kaufmann at 931-217-0269 or HGAC at 717-334-5185.

Membership Benefits Young Students

In 2022, HGAC added a student membership option for $10. Youth members are encouraged to participate in HGAC activities and to volunteer.

Donations and membership dues can be paid at through PayPal or mail in a check to HGAC, P.O. Box 4611, Gettysburg, PA 17325.


Questions or ideas for youth activities, please contact HGAC at 717-334-5185 or email

Students from the Adams County Technical Institute at HGAC's 2023 Learning Lab, with the bent that they constructed during the workshop.

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HGAC donates worm-drive beam saw to ACTI program

Every year, as part of HGAC's Investing in Youth Initiative, a Learning Lab is held at the Spangler Barn to teach building trades students about timber framing.

To help students prepare for the lab, HGAC has donated a worm-drive beam saw to the Adams County Technical Institute. Students will now be able to familiarize themselves with how to operate the saw before they participate in the lab, according to Greg Kaufmann, the HGAC board member who serves as coordinator for the Learning Lab.

Join a Quest for Fun, Prizes

Barn Quest is a scavenger hunt for 12 architectural features on historic barns of Adams County. Barn Quest is a fun way to learn about barns for students, home schoolers, visitors or any youth who need a break from their devices.


Teachers--consider how to include in your curricula.

Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles--Spend some quality time with young relatives on Adams County's beautiful back roads looking thru the windshield to explore our historic barns. We think you'll start to see old barns in a new way.

Prizes will be awarded to selected entries submitted to HGAC by Oct. 31st each year. You can download the quest by clicking here or by using the QR code shown here. For more information about Barn Quest, contact Bob Mcilhenny at 717-420-6500 or HGAC at 717-334-5185.

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