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Contact: David Slay, (601) 446-5790 ext 19.
On Saturday, April 1, 2017, history buffs, community leaders and preservationists will team up with the Civil War Trust at more than 130 sites in 30 states to answer the call to service on Park Day. Celebrating over 20 successful years, Park Day has attracted volunteers of all ages and abilities bound by their dedication to serving their communities at historic sites nationwide.
Natchez National Historical Park will host a Park Day event at the Fort Rosalie site beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding before noon. Needs range from trash pickup to raking leaves and placing mulch around trees. Volunteers can park at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center at 640 S. Canal Street and walk to the south entrance of Fort Rosalie, at the intersection of Green Street and South Canal Street. Once on site, volunteers will assemble at the picnic tables where they will receive instructions. (The first 40 volunteers will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of the Civil War Preservation Trust) Though the park will supply a limited amount of rakes, wheelbarrows, and trash bags, volunteers should wear clothing suitable for outdoor labor…..work gloves would be especially beneficial. If you have a garden rake, feel free to bring it along.
The Fort Rosalie site on South Canal Street is now open to the public from dawn until dusk every day, with picnic tables close to parking along Green Street. For more information, please contact David Slay by phone at 601-446- 5790 ext. 19 or by email at David_Slay@nps.gov, or visit nps.gov/natc.
The Civil War Trust is the largest and most effective nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of America’s hallowed battlegrounds. Although primarily focused on the protection of Civil War battlefields, through its Campaign 1776 initiative, the Trust also seeks to save the battlefields connected to the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. To date, the Trust has preserved close to 45,000 acres of battlefield land in 23 states. Learn more at Civilwar.org.
For a complete list of participating Park Day Sites, visit Civilwar.org/parkday. Volunteers can participate in Park Day online using #ParkDay2017.