NPS Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of The End of The Civil War

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Date: March 23, 2015
Contact: Jim MacDonald, 925-228-8860

For the past four years, the National Park Service and many other organizations and individuals have been commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and the continuing efforts for human rights today. On April 9, 1865, Union General Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate General Robert E. Lee to set terms of surrender of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. In commemoration of this historic event, John Muir National Historic Site will be ringing its bell for 4 minutes. Each minute represents the end of four years of bloodshed during the Civil War. 

Join the National Park Service and participate in the ringing of the bell at 12:15 on April 9, 2015. Churches, temples, schools, city halls, public buildings, and others are invited to ring bells at that time as a gesture to mark the end of the conflict in which more than 750,000 Americans perished.

Created in 1964, John Muir NHS preserves the home, landscapes, and gravesite of conservationist and national park advocate John Muir. Muir spent his entire life exploring, studying, and writing about his experiences in the American wilderness, most notably the Sierra Nevada Mountains. His writing set the stage for a conservation movement that would spur protection of nature nationwide and ultimately earn Muir the title “Father of the National Park System”.

As always, entrance to John Muir National Historic Site is free of charge. The site is open seven days/week from 10:00am to 5:00pm. If you have any questions, please call the John Muir National Historic Site at 925-228-8860.

Last updated: March 25, 2015

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