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WILSON'S CREEK CELEBRATES NATIONAL PARK SERVICE CENTENNIAL

August 25-28: NPS Centennial Activities (fees waived) -Wilson's Creek National Battlefield will be presenting a variety of programs about the National Park Service and the Battle of Wilson's Creek during the National Park Service Centennial. During this 4-day period, entrance fees will be waived at all national park sites, including Wilson's Creek NB.

Thursday, August 25:

8 a.m.- 5 p.m. NEW Missouri National Parks Passport available
Stop by the Visitor Center and learn about this brand new program promoting Missouri's six NPS sites.

10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tours of the historic Ray House

10 a.m.- 12 p.m. Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony
Help us welcome 60 new American citizens. The one-hour program will consist of the presentation of the colors by Wilson's Creek National Battlefield volunteers, remarks by The Honorable M. Douglas Harpool and Abby Terhark, the "Call of Countries" and presentation of petitioners, and a cannon salute.

1 p.m.- 4 p.m. "Exploring YOUR National Parks" programs will be presented in the Visitor Center multi-purpose room.

7:10 p.m. Wilson's Creek night at the Springfield Cardinals game
Contact the Cardinals box office for tickets.


Friday, August 26:

10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tours of the historic Ray House

1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
"Exploring YOUR National Parks" programs will be presented in the Visitor Center multi-purpose room.

7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. "The National Parks: America's Best Idea!"
Enjoy an evening Ranger program at Tour Road Stop 5


Saturday, August 27:

10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tours of the historic Ray House

1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
"Exploring YOUR National Parks"programs will be presented in the Visitor Center multi-purpose room.

2 p.m. Guest speaker Michael Price will present an illustrated program in the Visitor Center multi-purpose room. "Mark Well the Spot Where They Meet" is a history of Wilson's Creek battlefield from 1861 to the present. Mr. Price is a local history librarian at the Springfield-Greene County Library Center.

11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Artillery firing demonstrations at Tour Road Stop 5. Demonstrations on the hour.
7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. "The National Parks: America's Best Idea!"
Enjoy an evening Ranger program at Tour Road Stop 5


Sunday, August 25:

10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tours of the historic Ray House

1 p.m.- 4 p.m. "Exploring YOUR National Parks"programs will be presented in the Visitor Center multi-purpose room.

7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. "The National Parks: America's Best Idea!"
Enjoy an evening Ranger program at Tour Road Stop 5












 

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 in conjunction with the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Wilson's Creek. 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."






 
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!





















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6424 W. Farm Road 182
Republic, MO 65738

Phone:

(417) 732-2662 x227

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