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Contact: Steven McCoy, 931-232-5348 x 105
Dover, Tennessee—A yearlong partnership with the West Kentucky Educational Cooperative and Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, will benefit K-12 schoolchildren, as well as Fort Donelson National Battlefield’s Park As Classrooms program. Park Service Staff persons have worked with schoolteachers and educational specialists to develop new lessons plans and one new traveling trunk.
The new traveling trunk, the Faces of Fort Heiman, highlights the life of the common soldier as well as the Civil War history of Forts Henry, Heiman, and Donelson (February 1862). The trunk also explains how freedom-seeking slaves used the forts as safe havens during the Civil War. Traveling trunks are just one component of Fort Donelson's Parks as Classrooms program that was developed in 2002. The park also offers Ranger Programs in the classroom and at the battlefield.
Park Ranger Debbie Austin and Chief Ranger Michael Manning accepted the donations from WKEC Project Director Daniel Lonsway and Resource Specialist Patricia Lassiter.
Fort Donelson National Battlefield preserves and protects remains of the 1862 Civil War battlefield, surrender site, earthen fortifications, and national cemetery. Programs are offered for schools, civic, and military groups. For more information about the Parks As Classrooms Program, visit the park’s website: www.nps.gov/fodo or contact Park Superintendent Steven McCoy at 931-232-5348 x 105.