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!
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
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 deadline at the Andersonville prison consisted of a rail about four feet off the ground that was situated nineteen feet from the stockade wall. Any prisoner who crossed this line with any part of his body was likely to be shot without warning by a guard in a guard tower.