Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area partners offer hands-on Civil War preservation
Volunteers are needed to assist local partners of Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) with hands-on Civil War site preservation for Park Day, Saturday, March 31.
Since 1996, the Civil War Trust has sponsored Park Day, an annual event to help Civil War battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. Activities are chosen by participating sites to meet their own particular needs. The nationwide effort is underwritten with a grant from History™, formerly The History Channel, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a "Take Pride in America" event.
The following sites, located within the 41 counties in Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri which comprise FFNHA, will participate in Park Day:Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park
Improve the Black Jack Nature Trail by removing trash, junk, and debris from the surrounding woods, and the Battlefield for the 2012 touring season. Volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy footwear and work gloves. Volunteers may also bring wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, picks, lopping shears, hand saws and chain saws. Water provided. Meet at 163 E 2000 Rd., Wellsville, KS, 3 miles east of Baldwin City, KS, and 1/4 mile south of U.S. Highway 56 on E 2000 Rd. in rural Douglas County. Park Day will be held, rain or shine, beginning at 9 a.m., Sat., March 31. Contact: Kerry Altenbernd at (785) 840-8029 or email@example.com.
Lecompton, Constitution Hall, National Landmark, www.lecomptonkansas.com
Remove debris from grounds and clean the building. Volunteers are asked to bring rakes and brooms to 319 Elmore St., Lecompton, KS. Water, soda, and sports drinks will be provided. Park Day will be held, rain or shine, beginning at 9 a.m., Sat., March 31. Contact: Paul Bahnmaier at (785) 887-6148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield, Soldier's Cemetery & Museum, www.historiclonejack.org
Volunteers will rake leaves, pick up sticks, and clean the museum, flower beds, and cemetery. Volunteers should wear work gloves and dress for the weather, and may bring rakes. A meal will be provided. Volunteers should meet at Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield, 301 S. Bynum Rd., Lone Jack, MO, at 9 a.m. on Park Day, Sat., March 31, rain or shine. Contact: Alinda Miller at (816) 805-1815 or email@example.com.Battle of Lexington State Historic Site
Volunteers will pick up trash, rake and pick up leaves and dead fallen branches. Gloves, other tools and water will be provided. Meet at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site visitor center, 1101 Delaware St., Lexington, MO, at 9 a.m. on Park Day, Sat., March 31, rain or shine. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fort Blair Historic Site Battle of Baxter Springs, www.baxterspringsmuseum.org
Volunteers will assist with basic cleaning of grounds trash, rake leaves, fix signs if needed, repair breastworks, and check block house for needed repairs. Volunteers must check in to be assigned tasks. A meal will be provided. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Heritage Center, 740 East Ave., Baxter Springs, KS, and to call if directions are needed. Park Day activities begin at 9 a.m., Sat., March 31. Contact: Jesse Andrews at (620) 856-2385 or email@example.com.