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!
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
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
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
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
Did You Know?
Contrary to popular belief, Captain Wirz was not the only person tried for war crimes during and after the Civil War. Nearly 1,000 individuals were charged with violating the laws of war during the conflict. Wirz is the best know of the officers of the Confederate army executed for war crimes convictions. More...