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Contact: Stephanie Steinhorst, 229 924-0343, ext. 203
Release Date: 9 February 2015
Contacts: Stephanie Steinhorst, firstname.lastname@example.org, 229 924-0343, ext. 203
150th Anniversary First Saturday Programs—March 7, 2014
Commemorating the final days of prisoners at Andersonville
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia –Join park staff and volunteers for special programs on the First Saturday of March to learn more about the last days of Camp Sumter Military Prison.
10:00 a.m. — Special Program—The Road To Andersonville: Departure
Join a park ranger on a guided walk and trolley tour following in the footsteps of the 45,000 United States soldiers who passed through Andersonville prison from 1864-1865. The tour begins at the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville National Historic Site and lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes. The tour starts promptly at 10:00 am. Although this is a free tour, it is by reservation only. Reservations are required for this program and may be obtained online at http://go.nps.gov/roadtoandersonville
11:00 a.m. — Prison Site Walk
Join longtime volunteer Jimmy Culpepper at the Wisconsin Monument to explore the history of the prison site.
3:00 p.m. — Prison Site Walk
Join a park ranger on a walk through the prison stockade and learn more about the history of Andersonville during the last days of the Civil War. Meet at the commemorative courtyard of the National Prisoner of War Museum.
All programs are subject to change due to weather and other concerns. There is no admission fee and all programs are open to the public.
First Saturdays are one of a variety of programs over the two-year period of the 150th anniversary of the prison in 2014 & 2015 that will explore the prison site and the prison experience at Andersonville while also addressing the larger story at other military prisons, in the north and south.
For more information on anniversary programs, themes and other featured prisons, please visit the park website at: http://go.nps.gov/cwprisons
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The national park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. Andersonville National Historic Site is the only national park within the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The National Prisoner of War Museum is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, or visit at www.nps.gov/ande/ Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/andeNHS
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