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    Pea Ridge

    National Military Park Arkansas

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December 11, 2014
Pea Ridge National Military Park Entrance Road Temporary Change
Beginning on Monday, December 15, Pea Ridge National Military Park visitors will be rerouted to access the park from a temporary entrance via Old Liberty Road that is approximately 1 mile northeast of the current entrance. This is the latest phase of the Arkansas Highway Transportation’s important construction project on Highway 62 that will improve the safety of the park’s visitors once it is complete. Signs will be posted by Nabholz Construction that will clearly mark the temporary new access into the park to help safely direct traffic to and from the park. A new permanent entrance road into the park is under construction and should be finished in the next few months.

December 10, 2014
Brenda Waters Selected To Lead William Howard Taft National Historic Site
The National Park Service (NPS) has selected Brenda M. Waters, currently Acting Superintendent for Pea Ridge National Military Park (NMP) in Garfield, AR, as Superintendent for William Howard Taft National Historic Site (NHS) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Waters succeeds Reggie Tiller, and begins this new assignment January 11, 2015.

December 05, 2014
Park Hosts Conway Women’s Chorus
Pea Ridge National Military Park will host a special concert by the Conway Women’s Chorus on Sunday, December 7 at 1:00 P.M. in the visitor center auditorium. The 45 minute acappella program is music of the Civil War period including favorite selections from the works of Stephen Foster as well as songs sung in both the North and South. To share the story of the Civil War from a woman’s perspective, each member of the group portrays a woman who actually lived during those war-torn years. Each woman will dress as the character they represent and some will share their stories including farm wives, a woman who disguised herself as a man in order to fight, and the wife of a South Carolina plantation owner. Conway Women’s Chorus, directed by Joan Hanna, is part of Faulkner Academy of Arts, a non-profit organization. Come join us for a fun and entertaining program.

December 01, 2014
Highway 62 Mitigations Environmental Assessment/Assessment of Effect at Pea Ridge National Military Park Available for Public Review
Pea Ridge National Military Park (park) is pleased to announce that it proposes to provide new access and improved circulation to the park in conjunction with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department and Federal Highway Administration’s relocation of Highway 62 in northwest Arkansas. The existing highway alignment runs along the southern boundary of the park and provides the only visitor access to the park. The purpose of the project is to identify a safe and convenient access road (and parking) to key features in the park while minimizing impacts on cultural and natural resources.

November 26, 2014
Original Diary Donated to Pea Ridge National Military Park
Pea Ridge National Military Park was recently honored with a special donation of an original diary kept by Private William E. Vaughan, a soldier from Christian County, Missouri who fought in the 7th Division of the Missouri State Guard Confederate States Army. The small leather bound diary was kept by Private Vaughan from December 14, 1861 through May 27, 1862 and includes his first-hand description of the battle of Pea Ridge and the Confederate retreat all the way to Memphis.

November 13, 2014
Change to Winter Hours 2014
Pea Ridge National Military Acting Park Superintendent, Brenda Waters, announced today that the park began winter hours on November 1, 2014. The park grounds are open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, and the visitor center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

November 05, 2014
Proposed Entrance Fee Increase 2014
Pea Ridge National Military Park will hold an Open House for the public to discuss potential entrance fee increases in 2015. The park’s current entrance fees have been in place since January 2010. In an attempt to standardize fee rates for the 131 National Park Service sites that charge entrance fees, the park is proposing to increase the current entrance fee rates.

September 24, 2014
Pea Ridge NMP Announces Fee Free Day
Saturday September 27, 2014 is National Public Lands Day. To celebrate, the National Park Service has waived entrance fees for the day to provide a great opportunity for visitors to connect with our shared history, the outdoors and with your National Parks. The park will have a local group of living historians encamped at the Elkhorn Tavern to talk with visitors.

September 10, 2014
Pea Ridge National Military Park Announces Prescribed Burns
Pea Ridge National Military Park will conduct prescribed fire operations sometime during the months of October 2014 through April 2015, subject to weather conditions falling within the parameters of prescribed fire prescriptions. To assure visitor safety, some areas inside the park and trails may be closed while fire operations are taking place and for a short period after completion.

August 21, 2014
Passing of Russell W. Walker
We regret to report the passing of the park’s first maintenance supervisor, Russell W. Walker.

August 20, 2014
Fee Free Day at Pea Ridge National Military Park
FEE FREE DAY IN HONOR OF THE BIRTHDAY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

July 16, 2014
Pea Ridge National Military Park Acquires Artillery Coat from Battle of Pea Ridge
Pea Ridge National Military Park recently purchased a Union Artillery frock coat belonging to Lt. William B. Chapman of the 2nd Ohio Light Artillery.

June 24, 2014
Highway 62 Mitigation: Environmental Assessment Planned at Pea Ridge National Military Park
Pea Ridge National Military Park is pleased to announce that it is in the process of developing an environmental assessment (EA) addressing mitigation identified for the park through Section 4(f) because of the removal of Highway 62 from the park boundaries.

May 22, 2014
Cultural Landscape Report and Environmental Assessment and Vegetation Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for Pea Ridge National Military Park Available for Public Review
Cultural Landscape Report and Environmental Assessment and Vegetation Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for Pea Ridge National Military Park Available for Public Review

November 01, 2013
Pea Ridge National Military Park Announces Fee Free Weekend in Honor of Veteran's Day
The National Park Service will commemorate Veterans Day by waiving entrance fees in all National Parks November 9-11, 2013. As a unit of the National Park Service, Pea Ridge National Military Park is one of the most well preserved Civil War battlefields in the US and is a perfect place to pay tribute to the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country. Please help us in honoring our veterans.

October 29, 2013
Prescribed Burns Fall/Winter 2013-1014
Pea Ridge National Military Park is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations sometime during the months of November 2013 through April 2014, subject to weather conditions falling within the parameters of prescribed fire prescriptions. To assure visitor safety, some areas inside the park and trails may be closed while fire operations are taking place and for a short period after completion.

March 11, 2013
Reduced Hours and Services Due to Budget Cuts at Pea Ridge National Military Park
The public should be prepared for reduced hours and services provided by Pea Ridge National Military Park due to budget cuts. "We want to inform the public of these potential impacts,” states Superintendent John Scott.

March 01, 2013
Pea Ridge National Military Park Announces Change in Hours of Operation
Due to mandatory 5% budget cuts, Pea Ridge National Military Park will be open from 8 AM until 5PM every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day beginning March 1, 2013. The park visitor center will be open from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM those same days. Further cuts may be necessary to fulfill the parks budget obligations in the future. Visitor should check our website www.nps.gov/peri or call (479)-451-8122 to ensure that other services or operations are still available.

February 27, 2013
Pea Ridge National Military Park Tourism Creates $6,047,000 in Local Economic Benefit
Pea Ridge National Military Park Tourism Creates $6,047,000 in Local Economic Benefit Part of $30 billion impact that supports 252,000 jobs nationwide

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