The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee (GAC) was formed in 1995 by local community members. For smaller events the event staff totals approximately 150, and for five-year events approximately 400. The organization is comprised entirely of local folks, from the Gettysburg and Adams County area, who leave their full-time lives for a week in July and come together as one to make this event happen responsibly. The staff come from all walks of life, but have a common bond of cherishing and appreciating the historic community we live in. Many of us have been working together on this event for all 22 years. The senior staff has decades of professional emergency management, event management, public service, administrative and business experience in this community as well the local, state and federal level. One of the main reasons GAC was formed in 1995 was to consistently and responsibly organize the Gettysburg Civil War Reenactment. Up to that point, year after year, organizers came and went leaving pathetic event logistics, unpaid bills and local carnage in their wake. On Sunday evening after the event these organizers were gone and did not have to walk down the street on Monday morning to face their friends, public officials or neighbors. When this organization was formed in 1995, even though we were local and well known, most local providers would not participate in the event or extend credit to us for services due to the dismal history with previous reenactment organizers. Over the years we had to earn their respect the hard way! We had to earn it!