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GUEST SPEAKER TO DISCUSS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 1864
AT WILSON'S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, JEREMY TEWELL WILL NOT PRESENT HIS PROGRAM ON JULY 23. WE REGRET ANY INCONVENIENCE.

On Saturday July 23, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield will host Dr. Jeremy Tewell, who will present a program examining the issues facing the nation in the 1864 presidential campaign. The presentation will take place at 2 p.m. in the visitor center. "With the this year's presidential election, we felt it would be worthwhile to examine the issues facing America 150 years ago," remarked Superintendent Ted Hillmer, "especially at a time when both parties are having their conventions to finalize their presidential candidates."

Jeremy J. Tewell received his B.A. and M.A. from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas and holds a Ph.D. in history from Oklahoma State University. He is the author of A Self-Evident Lie: Southern Slavery and the Threat to American Freedom (Kent State University Press, 2013). His work has also appeared in The Historian and Civil War History.








 
From August 1-6, 2016, National Park Service curators and contractors will be on site to install objects in the new Visitor Center exhibits. Temporary closure of some sections of the exhibits will be necessary. We apologize for any inconvenience.









 
Solar Challenge Map

GOING GREEN IN 2016
Solar-Powered Cars
Rally in the National Parks


The National Park Service turns 100 this year. In celebration, we're partnering with the Innovators Educational Foundation to showcase science innovation by hosting the 2016 American Solar Challenge. Teams from around the world will design and build solar-powered cars, and then drive them 1,800 miles on the open road, visiting 9 national parks in 7 Midwestern states.

In caring for America's most treasured places, the National Park Service studies the effects of climate change on national park resources and provides education to the public.

The American Solar Challenge cars will stop at Republic High School on August 2, 2016, from approximately 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in the parking area in front of the main entrance to the high school. Several booths will be available, showcasing how groups protect and educate the greater Springfield area on maintaining a healthy Ozarks environment.The students will answer questions about how the solar vehicles operate and promote their individual schools. Visitors are invited to see the cars and enjoy the other activities, including discovering how climate change impacts the Midwest, making sun-heated s'mores, etc.

On August 3, the vehicles will be moved to Wilson's Creek National Battlefield between 6:00 and 8:00 a.m. to charge up for the day's race. The public is encouraged to come to the battlefield and watch the vehicles leave the area for their next host park. As part of the 2016 Centennial, the National Park Service is working to develop further research and education programs around the effects of climate change on national park resources.














 
SOAR students and projects
A member of the Republic Schools SOAR program and her project about Ellen Lipscomb, a young girl living in Tennessee during the Civil War.






SOAR NIGHT AT WILSON'S CREEK

On the evening of May 2, 2016, more than 40 students from the Republic (MO) School District's SOAR Program displayed their projects, premiered video presentations or participated in live performances at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. The students developed Civil War-themed projects after spending two weeks at the battlefield in December 2015 and January 2016, working with staff members and studying items from the park's museum and library collections.

"During this Centennial year, the SOAR program is one way to connect students with the National Park Service and encourage the next generation of Civil War historians and battlefield stewards," said Superintendent Ted Hillmer.

More than 250 members of the community attended the event. Wilson's Creek National Battlefield staff members extend their thanks to all the parents, relatives and friends of the students who came to SOAR night to encourage these young scholars.










 
Garlic Mustard "Pull" Volunteers
"Garlic Mustard Pull" Volunteers

National Park Service

WILSON'S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD HOSTS
"GARLIC MUSTARD PULL"

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield held a "garlic mustard pull" event on April 23, 2016. Garlic mustard is a plant that needs to be removed from forests along Wilson's Creek. Thirty volunteers, including Boy Scouts of America Pack No. 205 from Nixa, Missouri, and their parents, removed the plant's stem and roots by hand--much like weeding a garden. Our thanks to all those who participated!


















A CALL TO ACTION

On the eve of our centennial, the employees of the National Park Service have imagined our second century of public service and charted a path to help us achieve that vision.

A Call to Action offers tangible, concrete ways for us to work together to transform our organization to make sure that we are ready for a future that is, in so many ways, different from our past. It includes bold new ideas and expands on terrific ideas that are already field-tested.

A Call to Action also signals the start of a strategic integration of national parks and National Park Service community-based programs. This will increase our reach and better leverage our resources to invite the American people to learn more about our mission and join us in the stewardship of our nation's most incredible places.

Every park, every program, every employee, and every partner has a role in this Call to Action. For it to succeed, for the National Park Service to succeed, we need your creativity, innovation, and dedication to make these action items real in your park or your program.

In this watershed moment, like no other time in our history, we have an opportunity to reflect on, celebrate, and build on our accomplishments as we prepare to serve for a second century. Please answer the call. For more information, click here.

Director Jon Jarvis







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