March 4, 2011
Contact: Gloria Lee
Civil War Trust
Help Clean Up a Civil War Fort
Savannah, GA – Fort Pulaski National Monument will participate in Park Day 2011. 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, April 2, 2011, 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 15th 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.
Registrations at Fort Pulaski National Monument begin on Saturday at 9:30 AM at the Fort Pulaski Visitor Center. Volunteers should be prepared to work outdoors. Sturdy shoes, hats, and insect repellant are recommended. Please bring any personal safety gear (safety glasses, gloves, etc.) that you already possess.
While advance registration is not required, it is greatly appreciated.
WHAT: “Park Day” historic preservation event at Fort Pulaski
WHEN: April 2, 2011, 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Fort Pulaski National Monument Visitor Center
U.S. Hwy 80 East, Savannah, Georgia
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.