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Contact: Stephanie Steinhorst, 229 924-0343, ext. 203
Release Date: 14 February 2015
Contacts: Stephanie Steinhorst, firstname.lastname@example.org, 229 924-0343, ext. 203
Living History Weekend at Andersonville National Historic Site
Explore the prisoner experience at Andersonville during the 150th Anniversary
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia – Andersonville National Historic Site will host its annual Civil War Living History Weekend on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, 2015. This living history program offers visitors the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what life was like at Camp Sumter, the infamous military prison near Andersonville during the last days of the Civil War. Civil War period living historians will portray Union prisoners, Confederate guards, and civilians.
A variety of programs will be offered on both days, including guard drill and artillery demonstrations. Living historians will be present in the area of the prison site from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. There is no admission fee and this event is open to the public.
The Living History Weekend is 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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