Prisoner of War Museum to Host Book Signing with Bob Bovitch
Contact: Megan Salter, 229 924-0343, ext. 204
Contact: Stephanie Steinhorst , 229 924-0343, ext. 203
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia - The National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville National Historic Site will host a book signing Saturday by Vietnam Veteran Bob Bovitch. Mr. Bovitch has written several books concerning veterans' issues. Among these are "A Day in the Life of This Vietnam Veteran," "Reflections of the Life of a Vietnam Veteran" and "In God We Trust: Lord Grant Me the Strength." Mr. Bovitch will be in the museum lobby Saturday, April 13, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to sign books and answer questions about his experiences.
Senator Saxby Chambliss says that his poems "show the gamut of emotions that our servicemen and women experience during a time of war," while Senator John McCain says that Mr. Bovitch is "clearly a talented poet with a gift for language."
Copies of Mr. Bovitch's books will be available for sale through the park's Eastern National sales outlet.Eastern National is a 501(c)3 non-profit cooperating association, operating in more than 150 national parks, including Andersonville National Historic Site. Proceeds from the Eastern National sales outlet at the National Prisoner of War Museum are donated to the National Park Service to support educational and interpretive programs.
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
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Did You Know?
A small number of Andersonville prisoners were able to grow crops such as beans and corn. Prisoner diaries and sketches mention this fact and a photograph taken in the summer of 1864 shows corn stalks growing near a shelter. Such an undertaking would require constant guard and demonstrates that prisoners knew they might be captives at Andersonville for quite some time.