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Contact: Charles Barr, 229-924-0343 ext. 112
Release Date: 10 November 2015
Contacts: Charles Barr firstname.lastname@example.org, 229 924-0343, ext. 112
Andersonville hosts “Night Museum” event exploring the life of President Andrew Johnson
Experience the National Prisoner of War Museum after dark.
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia – On the evening of Saturday, November 14, the popular “Night Museum” program will return to Andersonville National Historic Site. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, and in honor of that upcoming centennial; Andersonville National Historic Site is hosting a guest speaker from Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Greeneville, Tennessee.
From 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., the National Prisoner of War Museum will be open for a rare night-time opportunity to view the museum exhibits and hear a special program in the park’s auditorium.
At 7:00 pm a special program, “Constitutional Warrior: The Life and Times of President Andrew Johnson" will be presented by Park Guide Daniel Luther. After the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, President Andrew Johnson inherited a deeply wounded nation, and faced the immense challenge of restoring the Union. This program will highlight the Presidential challenges and successes during those fateful years.
Earlier on Saturday, there will be an additional opportunity to hear from Mr. Luther speak. At 2:00 pm he will present a special program, "Courageous Commoner: Andrew Johnson's Civil War."
This program explores the stories of future President Andrew Johnson and the political and social conflicts of Tennessee during the Civil War. This program will be held at the Tennessee monument on the historic prison site.
Daniel Luther is a park guide at Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Greeneville, Tennessee. He has been with the National Park service for over 7 years. Mr. Luther is known for his engaging living history portrayals of President Johnson, based on years of historical research and theatrical training.
“A visit to the National Prisoner of War Museum is a moving experience under any circumstance,” said Superintendent Charles Sellars “but we hope that this Night Museum program will better illuminate the complex life of President Andrew Johnson and the role he played in those difficult years.” Superintendent Sellars went on “we are proud to consider this one of our special Centennial events, and are pleased to offer the public an opportunity to hear from rangers across the country. The story of Andersonville connects to the histories preserved by so many other parks that we wanted to take this unique opportunity to share them with our visitors.” Special Centennial events will be hosted by over 400 National Park Service sites from now until the end of 2016.
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
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 409 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.