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Andersonville National Historic Site accepting Historical Interpreter Apprentice Program applications

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Date: November 26, 2012
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343, x. 201
Contact: Stephanie Steinhorst, 229 924-0343, x. 203

ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia -  Andersonville National Historic site is proud to offer a free award-winning educational opportunity in 2013.  The Historical Interpreter Apprentice Program is a great chance for high school students interested in history, teaching, theater and community service to learn new skills and get strong work experience with a federal park while having fun.

Program participants meet at the national historic site on Saturday mornings from mid -January until early March.  The dynamic Saturday sessions include tours, exploring Andersonville, guest speakers, field trips and lessons on historical events, activities and clothing.  The program prepares young men and women to become youth docents for the park's Living History weekend in March.  Apprentices receive individual attention from park staff and volunteers, behind-the-scenes access to the park,  first-hand experience in museum operations, and free educational materials to keep, along with a few surprises.  Come join us and become part of our award-winning team!

This free program is open to high school students.  Applications are available from the National Prisoner of War Museum, Americus-Sumter Visitor Center and online at www.nps.gov/ande.  Applications are due Friday, December 14th.

Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The national park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. ­Andersonville National Historic Site is the only national park within the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with the museum opening at 9:00 a.m. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/ , or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS


About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 398 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov .

Did You Know?

Drawing of a barbershop inside the Andersonville prison

Inside the Andersonville prison was a vibrant free market economy. Prisoner George Fechtner recounted that, “there were a number of barber shops there where men could get shaved, their hair cut and whiskers dyed, and some of them carried on the doctoring business. They would buy their dyeing articles to work with, their soap and other things, from new arrivals.” Other prisoners operated stores, sold firewood, and repaired clothes and shoes.