Freedom's Frontier Partners offer volunteer opportunities

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area News Release

Contact: Sonia J. Smith, Marketing Manager
(785) 856-5304  ssmith@freedomsfrontier.org

Julie McPike, Director
(785) 856-5283  jmcpike@freedomsfrontier.org

March 9, 2015


Freedom's Frontier Partners offer volunteer opportunities

Missouri and Kansas sites to participate in Civil War Trust's annual Park Day
As our nation continues to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, volunteers across the country will once again answer their nation's call to service - only these dedicated men, women, and children will be armed with rakes, shovels, and other tools.

On Saturday, March 28, 2015, several Partners in Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area will participate in the annual Park Day, the nationwide volunteer effort created by the Civil War Trust to assist local groups with the maintenance of historic sites, underwritten with a grant from History™ and endorsed by Take Pride in America, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

This hands-on preservation event comprises 106 sites in 29 states. History buffs and preservationists team up with the Civil War Trust to help clean and restore America's priceless battlefields, cemeteries and shrines.

To volunteer for the following Park Day events, use the contact information listed with the event description for that site.

In Missouri:

Where: Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield Museum Park, www.historiclonejack.org, 301 S. Bynum Rd, Lone Jack, MO (Highway 50, ½ block south of Lone Jack exit)
What: Over 150 years ago, during the Civil War, Union soldiers and Confederate recruits battled one another in eastern Jackson County. Many were laid to rest in Lone Jack's hallowed battlefield ground. Volunteers honor these brave men by clearing limbs and brush, raking the cemetery and flower beds, dusting museum displays, mopping floors, washing windows, and doing other tasks at the museum and Cave Hotel.
When: Saturday, March 28. Register at 8:30 a.m.; clean up 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Volunteers receive a t-shirt. Lunch will be provided.
To Volunteer Contact: Alinda Miller at (816) 805-1815, or email amiller@historiclonejack.org. Please call to reserve your meal. Wear work gloves, dress for the weather, and label all tools you bring.

Where: John Wornall House Museum, www.wornallmajors.org, 6115 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO
What: For the Park Day event, volunteers will assist with yard and historic herb garden clean up.
When: Saturday, March 28. Rain or shine. Meet on the lawn at 1 p.m. Water, soda, and sports drinks will be provided.
To Volunteer Contact: Sarah Bader King at (816) 444-1858, or email programs@wornallmajors.org. All tools and supplies will be provided, but dress for the weather, and consider wearing work gloves.

In Kansas:

Where: Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park, www.blackjackbattlefield.org, 163 E 2000 Road, Wellsville, Kansas (3 miles east of Baldwin City, KS)
What: National "Park Day" historic preservation event volunteers are needed to dismantle derelict modern outbuildings, pick up litter and debris from winter storms, grade dirt around the historic farmhouse, and spruce up the battlefield and park for the touring season. There will be work for adults and children. Wear work gloves, sturdy clothing and footwear. Consider bringing appropriate tools for building demolition and yard work. Label your tools.
When: Saturday, March 28. 9 a.m., rain or shine. Light food and drinks (snacks, desserts) will be provided.
To Volunteer Contact: The Black Jack Battlefield Trust, (785) 883-2106, or info@blackjackbattlefield.org.

Where: Constitution Hall State Historic Site, www.lecomptonkansas.com, 319 Elmore St., Lecompton, KS
What: Come to Historic Lecompton for the spring grounds clean-up day. Meet at Constitution Hall. Work will be done at: Constitution Hall, Territorial Capital/Lane Museum; Democratic Headquarters, Battle of Ft. Titus Cabin.
When: Saturday, March 28. 9 a.m., rain or shine. Water, soda and sports drinks will be provided.
To Volunteer Contact: Paul Bahnmaier at (785) 887-6520, or email consthall@kshs.org. Wear work gloves, and dress for the weather.

Where: Fort Blair, 6th and Military Avenue, Baxter Springs, KS
What: Bring rakes and wear work gloves. Dress appropriately for the weather, and for raking up leaves and sticks, cleaning and trimming around the fort.
When: Saturday, March 28. 9 a.m., rain or shine. Light food and drinks (snacks, desserts) will be provided.
To Volunteer Contact: Email Earleene Spaulding at heritagectr@embarqmail.com.


Nationwide in 2014, volunteers donated more than 35,000 service hours. For a complete list of participating Park Day sites, visit the Web site of The Civil War Trust at www.civilwar.org/aboutus/events/park-day/.

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Heritage Area Fast Facts

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) is dedicated to building awareness of the struggles for freedom in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. These diverse, interwoven, and nationally important stories grew from a unique physical and cultural landscape. FFNHA inspires respect for multiple perspectives and empowers residents to preserve and share these stories. We achieve our goals through interpretation, preservation, conservation, and education for all residents and visitors.

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