The Goals of the "Parks as Classrooms" Program
The goals of the "Parks as Classrooms" program and Vicksburg National Military Park are:
1 ) To foster an awareness of our cultural resources and the role Vicksburg National Military Park plays in preserving these resources.
2) To help students understand that the Civil War had interrelationships which shaped the soldiers, civilians, battles and the war.
3) To provide every student with opportunities to acquire, knowledge, values, attitudes, commitment and skills needed to understand and appreciate the past and improve and/or protect our cultural and natural resources.
Mission of the National Park Service
"... To conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such a manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." - Act establishing the National Park Service August 25, 1916
Vicksburg National Military Park: Enabling Legislation
"The purpose of Vicksburg National Military Park is to commemorate the campaign, siege and defense of Vicksburg from April 1862 to July 4, 1863 and to interpret the history of Vicksburg under Union occupation during the Civil War and Reconstruction " -February 21, 1899
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