Getting Ready for 2016
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Andersonville National Historic Site is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!
Inspired by researching the January 1, 1869 Emancipation Day service at Andersonville National Cemetery, park staff have made significant strides toward better interpreting African American history at the prison site and national cemetery. Read more
Park rangers have developed a series of lesson plans and on-site programs designed to help students from fifth through twelfth grade understand how the Camp Sumter military prison, commonly called Andersonville, fits into the larger story of the American Civil War. Tied to Georgia curriculum standards and the Common Core, these programs and activities use current research and primary sources to bring to life the individual experiences of prisoners of war. Read more
The Historical Interpreter Apprentice Program (HIAP) is a youth engagement and outreach program in which local high school students receive training in historic interpretation. The program intends to expand the students’ knowledge of history, build experience in the field of public history, as well as develop a cadre of experienced young volunteers and incubate stewardship of the history resources found at Andersonville. Read more
A multi-year partnership resulted in the completion of "Victory From Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience," a new traveling exhibit produced by Andersonville National Historic Site in partnership with the Friends of Andersonville and American Ex-Prisoners of War. Read more
Andersonville NHS and Jimmy Carter NHS work with community partners and Georgia State parks on a series of bicyle ride events which connect new audiences to the parks in southwest Georgia. Read more
Did You Know?
The flight suit worn by Brigadier General (then Major) Rhonda Cornum (Gulf War POW) is on display in the National Prisoner of War Museum. Brigadier General Cornum was captured during an attempt to rescue downed pilot Captain Williams Andrews, who also became a POW.