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SOLAR ECLIPSE
AUGUST 21, 2017


Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will have NASA solar eclipse glasses available at the information desk free of charge for use in the park on August 21, starting at 11 AM. Viewing will be on the hillside next to the Visitor Center. Viewing the eclipse is free, but the park entrance fee applies if visitors wish to tour the battlefield.

A live NASA feed will be set up for viewing in the multipurpose room starting at 11 AM.

If interested in a Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer booklet, you may go to the Homestead National Monument website where a downloadable booklet is available, or nps.gov/nightskies.












WILSON'S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD TO PRESENT SPECIAL PROGRAM ON TRACING CIVIL WAR ANCESTORS

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield will present a program entitled "Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors" on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M.

The program is intended for beginning genealogists who are attempting to find relatives who fought for the Union or the Confederacy and tracing their service histories.

Park Librarian Jeff Patrick will instruct those attending the program in the process of locating a Civil War soldier or sailor relative, finding personal information in state and federal archives, and tracing the histories of particular Civil War units and ships. Attendees will also learn more about the unique holdings of the Hulston Library at Wilson’s Creek.

The program is free of charge and will be held in the Visitors Center multi-purpose room.


 









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.











SPECIAL EXHIBIT

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."





 
Passport Challenge

MISSOURI NATIONAL PARKS
PASSPORT CHALLENGE LAUNCHED

Visit a park--Collect your stamp--Get rewarded






































 
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.









Last updated: August 15, 2017

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