MUSEUM AT Gettysburg PART OF big Restoration
The public will get its first peek at the new museum and visitor center at Gettysburg National Military Park when it opens April 14.
The Pennsylvania facility is part of a $125-million project that will also preserve the park's artifacts, archives and battlefield and create an endowment for future needs.
The cyclorama, an 1884 oil painting designed to place viewers in the middle of the climactic battle, is still in the process of being restored. It is scheduled to be open in late September. The massive painting was created in 14 sections comprising a 360-degree canvas that depicted Pickett's Charge, the dramatic Union Army stand against Confederate troops on July 3, 1863.
A three-day re-enactment of the battle is slated for July 4-6. Tickets are available at www.
gettysburgreenactment.com or by calling (717) 338-1525.
Golfing and eating globally
Two new books describe around-the-world trips in search of great food and great golfing.
• Around the World in 80 Dinners: The Ultimate Culinary Adventure, by Cheryl and Bill Jamison (HarperCollins, $24.95), describes the couple's three-month trip sampling the flavors of Bali, Australia, New Caledonia, Singapore, Thailand, China, South Africa, France and Brazil.
The book includes information about the places they visited along with a few recipes for dishes like "Tahitian Salad" and Brazilian-style deviled crab.
•Around the World in 80 Rounds: Chasing a Golf Ball from Tierra del Fuego to the Land of the Midnight Sun, by David Wood (St. Martin's Press, $24.95), chronicles how the writer's golf obsession led him to sell his home, put his stuff in storage and set out on a world tour of golf courses.
Some of the courses he played included
Tromso, Norway, one of the northernmost courses in the world, and Ushuaia, Argentina, which claims to be the southernmost. He also played a course in Egypt within sight of the Pyramids, and with kangaroos on the fairway in Australia.
Forum isn't free anymore
Rome's archaeological officials are ending a decade-long policy of free visits to the Roman Forum, above, and will start charging entry to the city's ancient power center beginning Monday.
Access to the Forum will be included in a single $16 ticket that visitors already pay to enter the nearby Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. Officials say the proceeds will go to increased security and restoration work at the Forum and other sites in Rome.
Also on Monday, Emperor Augustus' frescoed palace atop the Palatine will reopen to the public after decades of restoration work. Visitors will walk through decorative marvels in Augustus' studio and in the hall where he received guests, and rooms in the nearby palace built for his wife, Livia. For bookings, visit www.
Muir Woods marks 100 years
Muir Woods National Monument, 16 miles north of San Francisco, was designated a national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt on Jan. 9, 1908. It attracts 1-million visits a year.
Events planned to mark the centennial include a "Celebration of Trees" on April 21, which is conservationist John Muir's birthday. The redwoods stand over 260 feet high and some are more than 1,200 years old.
In a letter thanking William Kent, who donated the land for the monument, Muir wrote: "Saving these woods from the axe & saw, from money-changers & water-changers and giving them to our country & the world is in many ways the most notable service to God & man I've heard of since my forest wanderings began."
Detail at www.nps.gov/muwo.
Must-sees for American kids
A Hotelresortinsider.com poll lists these places:
• Ellis Island Museum, New York City
• Washington, D.C.
• Colonial Williamsburg, Va.
• USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
• Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
• National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis
• Redwoods National Park, California
• Freedom Trail, Boston
• Independence Hall, Philadelphia
• Walt Disney World Resort
Compiled from Times wires