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    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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May 19, 2014
This Saturday evening, May 24, 2014, the National Park Service will hold several programs at Fort Moultrie simultaneously with national parks and communities across the country. All programs are free and open to the public.

March 13, 2014
Fort Sumter Hiring for Summer Youth Conservation Corps
Fort Sumter is hiring teens from 15-18 for summer work.

March 03, 2014
Tourism to Charleston area National Park sites creates $47,694,900 in Economic Benefit
Report shows visitor spending supports 684 jobs in local economy.

February 20, 2014
Women's History Month Program at Fort Moultrie
Free Program at Fort Moultrie Highlights 1860s Southern Women

February 03, 2014
Free Programs Mark 150th Anniversary of Confederate Submarine Sinking US Ship
Free programs at Fort Moultrie all weekend include musket firing demonstrations, children's musket drills, and a program on the history of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley.

January 14, 2014
Your Fee Dollars Help Preservation at Fort Moultrie
A project to preserve the ornamental iron fence around Osceola's grave is made possible, in part, by entrance fees paid at Fort Moultrie.

January 10, 2014
Fort Moultrie Announces Free Days in 2014
Several days in 2014 have been designated as fee-free! Come visit Fort Moultrie for no cost.

October 30, 2013
Fort Sumter Visitor Center Restrooms Close for Water System Replacement
Portable restrooms will be available on site beginning November 4, 2013 while the failing water pumping system is replaced.

October 25, 2013
Coast Guard District Open House November 10, 2013
Join us for an open house at the U.S. Coast Guard Historic District on Sullivan's Island. The grounds, quarters cupola, and Lifesaving Station boathouse will be open to the public from 1:00-5:00 PM.

August 22, 2013
Living History Programs for 150th Anniversary of Amphibious Assault
Living History programs presented by Civil War reenactors on September 7-8 will commemmorate the 150th anniversary of the amphibious assault on Fort Sumter.

July 15, 2013
National Lighthouse Day 2013
Celebrate National Lighthhouse Day with a free open house at the U.S. Coast Guard Historic District on Sullivan's Island.

July 09, 2013
Free Programs at Fort Moultrie Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle for Battery Wagner
Fort Sumter National Monument invites the public to a series of free programs at Fort Moultrie on July 18th - 21st to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle of Battery Wagner. Living history demonstrations by re-enactors, musket firings and music, lectures and luminaries are part of the multi-day event. The event also includes special programs for children.

June 05, 2013
Fort Sumter Offers Free Programs to Celebrate Flag Day
Join us for free Flag Day activities on Friday, June 14 from 10:00-3:00 at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center. The activities are designed primarily for kids and families.

June 03, 2013
Historic Cannons' Return to Fort Moultrie Marks the End of a Major Preservation Project
Four historic cannons weighing about 15,000 pounds each will be returned to Fort Moultrie on June 10th. This marks the end of a major project to preserve the park's artillery collection.

May 28, 2013
Carolina Day 2013
Living History programs at Fort Moultrie mark the 237th annual Carolina Day observance on June 28.

April 19, 2013
Fort Sumter to Host Coast Guard Silver Lifesaving Medal Ceremony
The U.S. Coast Guard will award a posthumous Silver Lifesaving Medal at a ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard Historic District on Sullivan's Island.

April 18, 2013
Fort Sumter to Host Youth Conservation Corps This Summer
At least four youths will be hired for summer work at the National Park Service sites of the Charleston area.

April 10, 2013
Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail
The Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail officially launches its website on Friday, April 19. Paddlers can travel over 760 miles from the Chesapeake Bay to the Georgia-Florida border.

April 03, 2013
Living History Programs for 150th Anniversary of Ironclad Attack
April 7 marks the 150th anniversary of the 1863 Ironclad Attack. Fort Sumter will present living history programs for each tour boat arriving at Fort Sumter on Saturday, April 6, and for the first two boats arriving on Sunday, April 7. There is also a special temporary exhibit at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center.

April 02, 2013
National Park Night at the RiverDogs
Fort Sumter partners with the Charleston RiverDogs for "National Park Night" at the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park on Tuesday, April 23.

March 13, 2013
Revolutionary War Cannons Return to Fort Moultrie
Join us for a dedication ceremony celebrating the return of two reproduction Revolutionary War cannons to Fort Moultrie after an 8-month-long preservation project.

February 26, 2013
National Park Tourism Creates $24M in Local Economic Benefit
Over 900,000 visitors to the Lowcountry's National Park Service sites spent $24M supporting 312 jobs in the local area in 2011.

February 08, 2013
Free Women's History Month Program at Fort Moultrie
This free program explores the history of Fort Moultrie from a woman's perspective.

January 24, 2013
February 2013 Lighthouse Open House
Join us for an open house at the U.S. Coast Guard Historic District on Sullivan's Island.

November 05, 2012
Fort Moultrie Dock Dredging
The Fort Moultrie dock and approach on Sullivan's Island leading to the Intracoastal Waterway will undergo a dredging project beginning November 5. The work is expected to last three to four weeks.

October 09, 2012
Veterans Day Weekend at Fort Moultrie
Fort Moultrie will honor our nation's veterans with a Living History program "Soldiers Through Time" on Saturday and will waive the park entrance fee all weekend.

August 01, 2012
NPS 96th Birthday Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
Celebrate the 96th birthday of the National Park Service with a sidewalk chalk art contest themed "Picture Yourself in the National Parks."

July 31, 2012
Military Wife-Military Life
This free program explores the history of Fort Moultrie from a woman's perspective.

July 25, 2012
National Lighthouse Day 2012
Celebrate the 50th anniversay of the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse on National Lighthouse Day, Tuesday, August 7 from 10:00-2:00.

June 19, 2012
Carolina Day 2012
Celebrate Carolina Day at Fort Moultrie with a day of free activities.

June 11, 2012
Flag Day 2012
Celebrate the 96th anniversary of Flag Day at Fort Moultrie with free activities. While the activities are designed primarily for children and families, everyone is invited to share the fun!

May 18, 2012
National Get Outdoors Day
Join us for a day of outdoor activity where you can meet Buddy the Bison and Smokey Bear!

May 16, 2012
Free Pass to National Parks for Active Duty Military & Dependents
To show our appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, on May 19 – Armed Forces Day – the National Park Service will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents.

May 15, 2012
Sullivan's Island Lighthouse 50th Anniversary
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse with a free afternoon event featuring music, refreshments, and the release of a new book.

May 04, 2012
Fort Moultrie to Honor Armed Forces day with "Soldiers through The Ages" Program
Fort Moultrie will present a day of living history programs to honor Armed Forces Day.

May 02, 2012
Robert Smalls Book Signing
The sesquicentennial of Robert Smalls' daring escape from slavery will be commemorated at a book signing event.

March 21, 2012
2012 YCC Summer Jobs
Fort Sumter National Monument seeks youths age 15-18 for summer jobs.

January 20, 2012
No Fort Sumter Ferry from Patriots Point January 22-27
There will be no ferry to Fort Sumter from Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant from January 22-27, 2012 due to dredging operations at Patriots Point.

July 20, 2011
National Lighthouse Day 2011
The Sullivan's Island Lighthouse and U.S. Coast Guard Historic District will be open to the public on National Lighthouse Day, Sunday, August 7 from 1:00-5:00 PM.

July 19, 2011
Fort Sumter Receives National Trust Grant
Grant funds will be used for educational media to raise awareness of the 19th century brick-making industry in Charleston.

July 12, 2011
2011 Metal Preservation Project
Fort Sumter and Clemson University have collaborated to preserve historic metals at Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie including cannons.

June 23, 2011
54th Massachusetts Program 2011
Enjoy Living History at Fort Moultrie with park rangers and reenactors from the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. The entrance fee to Fort Moultrie will be waived for the day of the programs, July 16, 2011.

June 13, 2011
Carolina Day 2011
Celebrate the anniversary of the battle of Sullivan's Island with two special events and two fee-free days at Fort Moultrie.

June 07, 2011
Fort Sumter Celebrates 95th Anniversary of Flag Day
Fort Sumter National Monument will celebrate the 95th anniversary of Flag Day with two days of special programs at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square: Saturday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 14 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

June 02, 2011
America's Best Idea Grant
Fort Sumter is one of 19 parks to receive the National Park Foundation's "America's Best Idea" grant.

June 01, 2011
Sullivan's Island Lighthouse Planning Workshop
The public is invited to help plan for the future management of the Sullivan's Island U.S. Coast Guard Historic District.

May 26, 2011
Fort Pulaski Summer Kickoff
Fort Pulaski National Monument announces extended summer hours.

May 09, 2011
Civil War Correspondent to Visit Fort Moultrie
Civil War Correspondent Frank Vizetelly, in the person of actor Howard Burnham, will visit Fort Moultrie for a free public presentation on his experiences.

May 02, 2011
May 2011 Sullivan's Island Lighthouse Open House
The U.S. Coast Guard Historic District on Sullivan's Island, including the base of the lighthouse, will be open to the public.

April 28, 2011
Slave Dwelling Project
Endangered Slave Dwellings Harbor New Occupant

April 19, 2011
Fort Moultrie Community Reading
Fort Moultrie to Host Community Reading

April 13, 2011
Sesquicentennial Surrender of Fort Sumter
Fort Sumter will surrender to the Confederacy again on Thursday, April 14, 2011.

April 09, 2011
Sesquicentennial Media Advisory
Opportunities for the media during the 150th Commemoration of the Civil War.

March 23, 2011
Civil War Sesquicentennial
Fort Sumter will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the opening shots of the Civil War with a week of living history programs.

March 10, 2011
Impending War Lecture Series March 2011
The popular lecture series continues at Fort Moultrie with a talk on a southern woman's perspective on the Civil War in March.

March 04, 2011
Book Signing and Gallery Showing
New children's book makes debut with a book signing and gallery of illustration artwork.

February 24, 2011
2011 National Passport Stamp
Fort Sumter is selected for the national 2011 Passport To Your National Parks collectible stamp.

February 23, 2011
Fort Moultrie to host Poetry Workshop
Fort Moultrie's Poet-in-Residence beginning in March will be South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth. A writing workshop and a community reading are to be held in addition to student workshops.

February 10, 2011
Impending War Lecture Series Feb-Mar 2011
The popular Impending War program series continues in February and March with presentations on slavery's portrayal in the movies and the political view of women during the Civil War.

January 26, 2011
February 2011 Lighthouse Open House
Visit the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse and Coast Guard Historic District.

January 13, 2011
Sesquicentennial of the South Carolina Flag
Join us for a free program at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center to mark the 150th anniversary of the South Carolina flag.

December 20, 2010
2011 Fort Moultrie Candlelight Tours
Take a free candlelight tour of Fort Moultrie with Civil War reenactors.

November 18, 2010
Impending War Lecture Series Nov-Dec 2010
The free Impending War lecture series continues at Fort Moultrie with programs in November and December, 2010.

April 30, 2010
2010 British Encampment
The 230th anniversary of the siege of Charleston will be commemorated with a British encampment at Fort Moultrie. The entrance fee to the fort will be waived for the day.

April 22, 2010
2010 National Junior Ranger Day
Families with children ages 12 and younger are invited to come outside and play games and learn about history from 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00.

April 22, 2010
Lighthouse Open House May 2010
The base of the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse and the U.S. Coast Guard Historic District will be open to the public from 1:00-4:00 PM on Saturday, May 1. Activities will include a book signing.

March 30, 2010
Spring 2010 Lecture Series
This series of talks is presented as the National Park Services prepares for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

March 30, 2010
149th Anniversary of Fort Sumter
Visitors to Fort Sumter on Saturday, April 10 will enjoy Living History programs commemorating the 149th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

February 18, 2010
New Law Permits Firearms
A change in federal law will permit the possession of firearms in the Charleston area National Park Service sites by people who may legally carry them in South Carolina.

December 17, 2009
2009 NPF Grant
Fort Sumter receives a $6,000 grant from the National Park Foundation.

December 08, 2009
Fort Moultrie Bicentennial
Fort Moultrie marks its 200th anniversary with a special program featuring rangers and reenactors in period costume.

October 20, 2009
Lighthouse Open House November 2009
Join us for an open house at the U.S. Coast Guard Historic District on Sullivan's Island.

September 23, 2009
Soldiers Through Time 2009
Join us for two days of living history at Fort Moultrie with soldiers from the Revolutionary War through World War II.

September 18, 2009
The National Parks: America's Best Idea
Join us for a sneak peak of Ken Burns' new documentary, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea."

July 22, 2009
National Lighthouse Day 2009
Celebrate National Lighthouse Day at Sullivan’s Island Open House.

June 03, 2009
Free Weekends 2009
Salazar Announces National Park Service Will Waive Fees on Three Summer Weekends to Increase Tourism, Boost Economy

June 02, 2009
Carolina Day 2009
Celebrate Carolina Day with free admission to Fort Moultrie and a weekend-long special event on June 27-28, 2009.

May 15, 2009
Fort Moultrie Encampment 2009
The Tramp Brigade will camp at Fort Moultrie on the weekend of May 30-31. Visitors are invited to learn about 1859 Army life through living history.

April 22, 2009
Junior Ranger Day 2009
Junior Ranger Day events to be held at Fort Moultrie from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25.

April 07, 2009
Lighthouse Lecture 2009
The architect of the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse, Jack Graham, will give a lecture on the lighthouse grounds.

March 25, 2009
8th Georgia Band Concert at Fort Moultrie
The 8th Georgia Band will perform a free concert of period music at Fort Moultrie to commemorate the opening bombardment of the Civil War.

March 16, 2009
Book Signing at Fort Moultrie
A book signing of the newly released book "Shackles" will be held in conjunction with the dedication of the new exhibit on the international slave trade at Fort Moultrie.

March 12, 2009
War and Wardrobe 2009
Fort Moultrie presents a free program, War and Wardrobe, at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 28.

March 02, 2009
African Passages Museum Exhibit
A new permanent museum exhibit has been unveiled at Fort Moultrie. African Passages will be publicly dedicated on Sunday, March 22.

October 23, 2008
Sullivan's Island Lighthouse Transfer
The National Park Service celebrates the transfer of the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse from the U.S. Coast Guard to Fort Sumter National Monument.

September 24, 2008
2008 Fee Free Weekend at Fort Moultrie
Entrance fees to Fort Moultrie are waived September 27-28 for National Public Lands Day and to honor new citizens.

August 01, 2008
2008 Plymouth Fife & Drum Corps
Plymouth Fife & Drum Corps to perform at Fort Moultrie and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.

April 07, 2008
2008 Fort Sumter Anniversary Events
Special Events at Fort Sumter mark the beginning of the Civil War.

March 28, 2008
2008 Summer Employment
Charleston area parks will hire several students for 2008 summer seasonal positions in Visitor Services and Maintenance. The deadline to apply is May 3.

January 07, 2008
2008 Slavery Exhibit Public Meeting
National Park Service invites public comment on planned slavery exhibit at Fort Moultrie

October 23, 2007
2007 Gullah Commission Announcement
National Park Service partners with three State Historic Preservation Offices to form the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission.

June 11, 2007
Carolina Day 2007
Celebrate Carolina Day at Fort Moultrie with free admission and a special evening program with living history.

May 21, 2007
Fort Sumter Flags 2007
Six historic flags are once again flying over Fort Sumter after a four-month long flagpole replacement project.

May 10, 2007
YCC 2007
Youth Conservation Corps Program offered at Fort Sumter National Monument and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

May 10, 2007
Robert Smalls Commemoration 2007
The public is invited to a free program commemorating the 145th anniversary of Robert Smalls’ passage from slavery to freedom aboard the rebel steamer "Planter."

May 07, 2007
Summer Maintenance Jobs 2007
National Park Service to hire summer maintenance employees for Charleston area parks.

April 23, 2007
Junior Ranger Day 2007
Kids to Take Over National Parks First National Junior Ranger Day Announced

April 06, 2007
146th anniversary of the bombardment of Fort Sumter
National Park Service to commemorate the 146th anniversary of the bombardment of Fort Sumter with special events on Friday and Saturday, April 13-14.

April 02, 2007
Kids Craft 2007
The National Park Service invites kids to have fun while learning about history with free monthly programs.

October 27, 2006
Free entrance to Fort Moultrie for veterans on Veteran's Day
Fort Moultrie honors veterans by waiving entrance fees on Veteran’s Day

July 03, 2006
New Concession Contract Awarded
National Park Service awards contract for ferry service to Fort Sumter

June 12, 2006
Carolina Day 2006
The National Park Service honors General William Moultrie with free entrance on Carolina Day, graveside ceremony, and living history program.

May 12, 2006
Youth Conservation Corps 2006
Youth Conservation Corps Program offered at Fort Sumter National Monument and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

May 08, 2006
Bob Dodson Named Superintendent
Bob Dodson is named Superintendent of Fort Sumter National Monument and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

March 24, 2006
President's Volunteer Service Award 2006
Fort Sumter National Monument Honors Volunteers with President’s Volunteer Service Award

March 24, 2006
Grant Awards 2006
Fort Sumter Receives Grant Awards

December 20, 2005
Superintendent John Tucker To Retire
John Tucker retires as Fort Sumter Superintendent after 35 years with the National Park Service.

November 14, 2005
Holiday Closures 2005
Holiday Closure Schedule Announced

October 24, 2005
New Zealand Ambassador Visits
New Zealand Ambassador visits Fort Sumter Group Parks

June 24, 2005
Carolina Day 2005
The 229th anniversary of the battle of Sullivan’s Island to be observed at Fort Moultrie

May 17, 2005
Fort Moultrie Visitor Center to Close For Upgrade
Visitor Center To Close For Upgrade

June 22, 2004
Carolina Day 2004
Fort Moultrie Commemorates the 228th Anniversary of the Battle of Sullivan’s Island

May 28, 2004
World War II Exhibit Premieres
World War II Exhibit Premieres at Fort Moultrie Visitor Center

April 09, 2004
Cannon Carriages Replaced
Fort Sumter & Moultrie receive new cannon carriages through partnerships.

Did You Know?

The 33-star United States flag flown atop Fort Sumter during the opening bombardment of the Civil War in 1861, on exhibit at Fort Sumter

The first human death of the Civil War occurred on April 14, 1861, the day after the battle of Fort Sumter ended. Private Daniel Hough died when the cannon he was loading (for the Union's 100-gun salute to the U.S. flag) discharged prematurely. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC