Pea Ridge National Military Park Changes Operating Hours
Many visitors to Wilson's Creek NB also visit Pea Ridge National Military Park. Visitors to Pea Ridge should note recent changes to that park's operating hours. These changes include:
The park grounds are open 8:00am to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Saturday. CLOSED SUNDAYS.
The Visitor Center is open 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday with some seasonal exceptions. The Visitor Center is CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and ALL FEDERAL HOLIDAYS.
For further information, please call the park at 479-451-8122, ext. 227.
SPRINGFIELD MAN ADMITS REMOVING REMAINS
OF CONFEDERATE SOLDIER FROM
WILSON'S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD
MUST PAY RESTITUTION, PERFORM COMMUNITY SERVICE
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield announces the closing of the Civil War Museum on December 1, 2011, when the collection will be taken off display for cleaning and conservation work. The Civil War collection will return to public display, in new exhibits, at the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center in 2013.
The museum objects currently exhibited have been on display since 1992. Many are in need of conservation treatment and new exhibit mounts to ensure long-term preservation. During this transition phase, a team of National Park Service museum conservators from Harpers Ferry Center for Media Services in West Virginia will examine the condition of objects such as textiles (flags and uniforms), leather accoutrements and firearms. Some cleaning will be performed at the park, with more in-depth treatment accomplished in the Harpers Ferry conservation laboratories.
The museum closing also allows the consolidation of visitor services that will streamline park operations. "These exhibits are a temporary step while the park, along with the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation, continue to work towards a long-term goal of a future wing of the Visitor Center that will focus solely on the Civil War in the Trans Mississippi West," according to Superintendent Ted Hillmer. "This change in operations is a step toward achieving a goal identified in the park's General Management Plan."
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield is embarking on a project to update the Visitor Center and incorporate the park's Civil War Museum objects.
From September 13-15, 2011, park staff met on-site with the contracted exhibit design firm from Fairfax, Virginia, to begin the design process. The project will be in development over the next year. In addition to park staff, seasonal staff, park volunteers, and Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation members participated in the planning effort.
The park's collection contains an outstanding array of historic objects relating to the war west of the Mississippi, including the sword belt and sash of Arkansas Confederate General Patrick Cleburne, the telescope of abolitionist John Brown, and the flag of the Confederate "Cherokee Braves." These artifacts and archival records within the museum collection represent a nationally prominent and comprehensive documentation of the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi West. The NPS purchased the Wilson's Creek Civil War Museum and museum collection in August 2005 because of its critical value in interpreting the Battle of Wilson's Creek and the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi West.
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CIVIL WAR 150TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
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Marker Dedicated Near Dug Springs Skirmish Site
On October 7, 2008, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources dedicated a new interpretive marker commemorating the August 2, 1861 skirmish at Dug Springs, near Clever, Missouri. Those present for the dedication included Larry Toll, professor of history at Evangel College and member of Phelps Camp, Sons of Union Veterans (Union soldier); Jim Denny, historian, Missouri Department of Natural Resources; Alison Dubbert, historian, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Robert Clanton, member of Phelps Camp, Sons of Union Veterans (Missouri State Guard soldier). The marker is along the Wire Road on the south side of the Clever Middle School.
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
The Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation and Wide Awake Films of Kansas City have produced a new 29-minute interpretive film about the August 1861 campaign. The film is currently being shown in the Visitor Center. An extended version is now available for purchase. Photos from the filming may be seen by clicking here.
Did You Know?
Benjamin McCulloch, the overall Southern commander at Wilson's Creek, did not wear a uniform. He preferred to wear a suit of black velvet instead.