2010 Park Day April 10th
Contact: Debbie Cohen, 301 432-2243
On Saturday, April 10, 2010, volunteers from around the country will team up with the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) to help clean and restore America’s historic Civil War battlefields, cemeteries and shrines. The nationwide effort—dubbed Park Day—will include nearly 80 historic sites in 24 states.
Park Day is an annual hands-on preservation event created by the CWPT where local groups and interested individuals can help with the maintenance of Civil War sites. Participants gather at the sites to help with activities that range from trash pick-up to trail building. In exchange for their hard work, volunteers receive t-shirts and have an opportunity to learn about the significance of the site.
Antietam National Battlefield is again participating in this year’s Park Day activities. Volunteers are needed to pick up trash along roads and streams, rehab park trails, and plant trees. Antietam National Battlefield will provide any needed equipment; however, participants are asked to dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and wear sturdy shoes or boots. In addition, leather work gloves are strongly recommended. In the event that the weather is bad, the event will be postponed until Saturday, April 17, 2010. For more information, please contact Debbie Cohen at 301-432-2243 ext. 13 or e-mail us
WHAT: National “Park Day” annual historic preservation event
WHEN: Saturday, April 10, 2010, beginning at 8:30 AM (Rain date, Sat., April 17, 2010)
Registration: 8:30 – 9:00 AM
Work Projects: 9:00 AM – 12 Noon
Special Interpretive Program: 1:30 – 3:30 PM
WHERE TO MEET: Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Did You Know?
Over 500 cannons participated in the Battle of Antietam, firing over 50,000 rounds of ammunition. The cannonade was so severe that Confederate artillery commander Colonel S.D. Lee described the battle as "artillery hell."