Vendors hawk commemorative T-shirts, trinkets to capitalize on 150th anniversary of Gettysburg
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Vendors looking to capitalize on the barrage of tourists coming to town to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg are hawking commemorative T-shirts, hats and other trinkets as a re-enacted war rages on nearby.
More than 200,000 people — including 20,000 re-enactors — are expected to visit the small Pennsylvania town for events through Fourth of July weekend.
Re-enactors and shoppers seeking more authentic trinkets head to the 19th-century-style tent city where shopkeepers offer items appropriate for the period or to re-stock the soldiers — just like travelling suppliers did in the 1860s.
Some visitors say some parts of town have become too commercialized. Many others say modern Gettysburg strikes the appropriate balance between capitalizing on its notoriety and paying reverence to the Civil War's pivotal conflict.