Freedom's Frontier Sites participate in Civil War Trust National Park Day

Freedom's Frontier News Release

Contact: Each site mentioned in the release has contact information noted 

It’s no joke. It takes a lot of volunteers to keep museums and historic sites visitor ready
Volunteers needed to participate in annual Civil War Trust Park Day, Saturday, April 1

Several Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area partner sites will be participating in the Civil War Trust’s annual Park Day, on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Since 1996, the Civil War Trust has been sponsoring this annual day for volunteers to gather and assist with projects that help keep the sites maintained for visitors.

Maintenance projects large and small meet the site’s needs and range from raking leaves and hauling trash. to building fences or benches, and cleaning inside museums. Unless otherwise indicated, events will be held rain or shine.
Volunteers should:

   • Contact the site where they wish to volunteer to register and ask questions.
   • Bring sunscreen and work gloves.
   • Wear a hat, shoes, and clothing suitable for the weather, and for working outside.
   • Find out if tools are needed. All tools brought to sites should be well-labeled with the volunteer’s name and phone number.
   • Bring water, sports drinks, and snacks if the site is not providing them. Some sites are, and need volunteers to register to
     assure that there is enough for all volunteers.

The following Kansas and Missouri Freedom’s Frontier partners are registered for Park Day on the Civil War Trust’s website: http://www.civilwar.org/aboutus/events/park-day/. To volunteer at any of the participating sites, contact them directly for more information about the activities they have planned.
If you are not available for Park Day, most museums and historic sites welcome volunteers, year-round, for a variety of tasks. There is a list of Places to See in Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area (our partner sites) at http://www.freedomsfrontier.org/Visitors/Places-To-See/. Find one near you, and offer to volunteer to be part of what happens behind the scenes at a museum or historic site!

In Kansas:
Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum, www.baxterspringsmuseum.org
Volunteers should meet at10 a.m., at the museum, 740 East Avenue, Baxter Springs, for landscaping, clearing brush, trash removal, and cleaning inside the museum. For more information, email heritagectr@embarqmail.com, or contact Mary Billington, (620) 856-2385. Pre-registering is encouraged. If there is bad weather, the event will be rescheduled.

Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park, www.blackjackbattlefield.org
Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m., at the Robert Hall Pearson Farmhouse, 163 E2000 Road, Wellsville, 3 miles east of Baldwin City, on US Highway 56, and then a half mile south on E2000 Road. Volunteers will pick up loose branches and trash; landscape and clear brush; and do other trail maintenance. History programs are also planned for Park Day. Contact Kerry Altenbernd at (785) 380-9156 or kaltenbernd@blackjackbattlefield.org for more information.

Historic Lecompton Kansas, www.lecomptonkansas.com
Volunteers should meet at 640 Woodson Avenue, in Lecompton, at 10 a.m. Park Day tasks will include landscaping, trash removal, clearing brush, and spring cleaning at Constitution Hall State Historic Site, Territorial Capital/Lane Museum, the historic Democratic Headquarter of Kansas Territory at Bald Eagle Riverview Park, and the Fort Titus Cabin. Contact Paul Bahnmaier at lanemuseum@aol.com, or at (785) 887-6148 for more information.

Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site, www.fairwaykansas.org
Volunteers should meet at 3403 W. 53rd Street, in Fairway, at 9:30 a.m. to assist with spring cleaning at two of the oldest buildings in Kansas. Park Day activities will include landscaping, clearing brush, trash removal, dusting, sweeping, cleaning exhibit cases, and picking up walnuts. For more information, and to register to participate, contact Jennifer Laughlin at (913) 262-0867, or jlaughlin@fairwaykansas.org.

In Missouri:
Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, https://mostateparks.com/park/battle-lexington-state-historic-site
Volunteers should meet at the Park Visitor Center at 1101 Delaware Street, in Lexington, at 9 a.m. Park Day projects will include landscaping, painting, planting, building/repairing fencing, trash removal, clearing brush, and simple gardening tasks. For more information, contact Lindsay Burks at lindsay.burks@dnr.mo.gov, or call her at (660) 259-4654.

John Wornall House Museum, www.wornallmajors.org
Volunteers should meet at the house museum at 6115 Wornall Road, Kansas City, at 1 p.m. to participate in landscaping, plantings, trash removal, clearing brush, low-impact weeding and spraying, and sorting supplies. The museum would appreciate the donation of lawn and leaf bags. Contact Sarah Bader King at programs@wornallmajors.org, or call her at (816) 444-1858.

Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield, & Soldier's Cemetery, www.historiclonejack.org
Volunteers should meet at the museum at 301 S. Bynum Road, in Lone Jack, at 8:30 a.m. Park Day projects will include cleaning the museum; picking up sticks, hedge apples and walnuts; raking leaves; and cleaning flower beds. History programs are also scheduled. Pre-register with Alinda Miller. A meal will be served and a head count is needed. Call her at (816) 805-1815 or contact her at president@historiclonejack.org.

*Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, www.nps.gov/wicr
Volunteers should meet at the Visitor Center, at 6424 West Farm Road 182, in Republic, at 8:30 a.m. The Park Day projects will include landscaping and learing brush; trash removal; building/repairing fencing; trail maintenance; cleaning around the visitor center, picnic area, and cemetaries; constructing benches for school groups; and stream cleanup along Wilson’s Creek. Contact John Sutton at john_sutton@nps.gov for more information. *Wilson’s Creek is not within the borders of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, but is a National Park Service site that partners with the heritage area.

About National Heritage Areas and the National Park Service
National heritage areas (NHAs) further the mission of the National Park Service (NPS) by fostering community stewardship of our nation’s heritage. The NHA program includes 49 Congressionally-designated heritage areas administered by NPS coordinators and park units.

NHAs are not national park units. NPS partners with, provides technical assistance, and distributes matching federal funds from Congress to NHA entities. NPS does not assume ownership of land inside heritage areas or impose land use controls.

NHAs are lived-in landscapes, where historic, cultural, and natural resources combine to tell nationally important stories of our nation’s diverse heritage. NHAs collaborate with communities to create private-public partnerships that leverage funds and provide long-term support for economic development, heritage tourism, historic preservation, natural resource conservation, recreation, and educational projects.

For more information about the NHA program, visit www.nps.gov/subjects/heritageareas/index.htm.

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Fast Facts About Freedom's Frontier!

Mission: 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.

Kansas Counties: Allen · Anderson · Atchison · Bourbon · Chautauqua · Cherokee · Clay · Coffey · Crawford· Douglas · Franklin · Geary · Jackson · Jefferson · Johnson · Labette · Leavenworth · Linn · Miami · Montgomery · Neosho · Osage · Pottawatomie · Riley · Shawnee · Wabaunsee · Wilson · Woodson · Wyandotte

Missouri Counties: Barton · Bates · Buchanan · Cass · Clay · Jackson · Johnson · Lafayette · Platte · Ray · St. Clair · Vernon

Established: October 12, 2006 

Web site: www.freedomsfrontier.org

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