WILSON’S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD
ANNOUNCES 2017 OPERATING HOURS
Superintendent T. John Hillmer, Jr. announced operating hours for Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield during 2017.
Spring tour hours are scheduled to change to 7 p.m. on April 16, subject to staffing availability. “The hiring freeze implemented on February 22 delayed bringing on additional park staff to handle increased visitation during the spring and summer," remarked Superintendent Hillmer. “We hope to have these employees on board by April 16.”
Summer hours are scheduled to change to 8 p.m. on May 15. Fall hours will be reduced to 7 p.m. on August 15 and winter hours to 5 p.m. on October 15. Winter Visitor Center hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with Visitor Center hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the remainder of the year. The tour road is to open for non-vehicle use at 7 a.m. daily.
ARTS IN THE PARK CONCERTS FOR 2017
April 29, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. College of the Ozarks Concert Band This 45 member orchestra will be performing again at Wilson's Creek NB, playing patriotic selections in front of the Visitor Center.
May 6. Saturday, 7:00 p.m. High Strung Blue Grass High Strung has its roots in the Oldfield Opry at Oldfield, Missouri. The group has been performing bluegrass, country, and gospel music for 14 years.
May 13, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. The Missouri State University Community Band Always a fan favorite, this45 member, all volunteer community band will perform a concert on the lawn in front of the Visitor Center.
May 20, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. Missouri Boatride Blue Grass This group performs regularly in Branson and at Silver Dollar City. Dean, the mandolin player, made a guest appearance on the Andy Griffith Show as a member of the Darling Family.
May 27, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. The Wings of Swing Big Band This versatile group performs music in the traditional big band style from the 30s, 40s and 50s. The Wings of Swing is a group of 9-17 musicians from the military, music education and other fields who have performed professionally.
June 3, Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ray House Jamboree Civil War period music, demonstrations, and activities.
All concerts are FREE and open to the public except for the June 3rd program at the Ray House where the regular tour road admission of $7.00 per person or $15.00 per car will apply.
PLEASE BRING BLANKETS OR LAWN CHAIRS FOR ALL PROGRAMS
The Death of General Nathaniel Lyon
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield is honored to display a series of 13 steel engravings and prints depicting the death of Union General Nathaniel Lyon. These prints and engravings are from various sources of the Civil War time period, including Harpers Weekly, Currier and Ives and Kurz and Allison.
General Nathaniel Lyon was killed on August 10, 1861 at the Battle of Wilson's Creek. Lyon was leading a charge of 2nd Kansas Infantry when he was killed on Bloody Hill, becoming the first Union general killed in combat during the Civil War.
The majority of the pieces are on loan to the park from a private collector who is excited that this artwork will be viewed by the public in its entirety. Superintendent Hillmer stated, "Having this collection for the public to enjoy brings history alive through the eyes of artists. Come and view the different images from the perspective of different artists."