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Todd Arrington Contributes to Civil War Handbook

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Date: May 9, 2011
Contact: Sherda Williams, 440-205-3837

Todd Arrington
Todd Arrington, Chief of Interpretation and Education, James A. Garfield National Historic Site
NPS

The National Park Service's new official handbook for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War contains a chapter written by Todd Arrington, Chief of Interpretation and Education at James A. Garfield National Historic Site. Other articles in The Civil War Remembered were written by nationally recognized historians James McPherson, Ira Berlin, Eric Foner, David Blight, and others. Todd was one of only two National Park Service employees invited to submit an article for this publication.

Superintendent Sherda Williams noted that "Todd's participation reflects no only his scholarship, but also his experience here, at Gettysburg National Park and at Homestead National Monument of America [Nebraska]. We are very proud to have someone of Todd's caliber leading our interpretive programs."

The National Park Service preserves more than 40 battlefields, historic homes, and other sites associated with the Civil War. They include places like Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland, which saw the bloodiest one-day battle in American history; Pecos National Historical Park in New Mexico, location of the largest battle west of the Mississippi River; Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi where soldiers fought for control of the Mississippi River; and Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in the District of Columbia, the home of the famed abolitionist and Abraham Lincoln's friend, who spent his life fighting for social justice and equality.

There is a new Civil War 150th commemoration website that includes historical features and a timeline and calendar of events (http://www.nps.gov/civilwar150). The site includes Twitter and Facebook links where people can follow the "reporting" of fictional 1850's reporter Beglan O'Brien to hear about events as they happened 150 years ago.

The Civil War Remembered handbook was published by Eastern National for the National Park Service (click here to view a cover of this publication). Eastern National is a nonprofit cooperating association that partners with and supports national parks across America. They support the James A. Garfield National Historic Site by providing a sales outlet in the park's Visitor Center.

Did You Know?

Partial image of Garfield Inaugural Ball Leaflet. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

James A. Garfield won the Presidency by less than 10,000 votes, less than 1/10 of 1%. That margin is still the record.