Civil War Trust "Park Day" Scheduled for March 31 2012
Contact: Douglas J. Richardson, (931)232-5706, ext. 108
Almost exactly 150 years after the first shots of the Civil War were fired, another wave of volunteers is about to descend on America's storied battlegrounds - only this array of dedicated men and women will be armed with paint brushes, trash bags and weed whackers.
On Saturday, March 31, 2012, history buffs and preservationists from around the country will team up with the Civil War Trust to help clean and restore America's priceless battlefields, cemeteries and shrines. The nationwide effort - dubbed Park Day - is underwritten with a grant from History™, formerly The History Channel, and has been endorsed by Take Pride in America, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Park Day, now in its 16th year, is an annual hands-on preservation event created by the Trust to assist local groups with the maintenance of Civil War sites. This year, more than 100 sites in 22 states are expected to take part in the effort, with activities ranging from trash removal to trail building. In exchange for their hard work, volunteers receive t-shirts and learn the site's history from local experts.
Fort Donelson National Battlefield will participate in Park Day 2012. Volunteers are needed to remove litter from park trails and historic earthworks, and removes leaves and debris from the earthworks. For more information about Park Day at Fort Donelson National Battlefield, please contact Douglas J. Richardson at (931)232-5706, ext 108.
WHAT: "Park Day" historic preservation event at Fort Donelson
WHEN: March 31, 2012, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Fort Donelson National Battlefield visitor center, 120 Fort Donelson Road, Dover, Tennessee
With 55,000 members, the Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its goal is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. The Trust's website is located at www.civilwar.org.
Did You Know?
BG Charles F. Smith, a division commander under BG US Grant during the Battle of Fort Donelson, was Commandant of Cadets during Grants and Buckner’s time at West Point.