NEWS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2011
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Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area Receives Grant
Lawrence, Kan. – The Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area has been awarded a $55,000 grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) on behalf of its partner, the Lone Jack Historical Society. These funds will create a preservation plan for the Lone Jack Battlefield.
Currently only five of the 945 acres of the battlefield are preserved by Jackson County Parks and Recreation. The Lone Jack Historical Society operates the preserved portion of the battlefield and interprets the history of the battle in a museum, located on the preserved battlefield. According to a 2010 report by the ABPP, “Immediate preservation efforts are needed to save the last bits of historic terrain associated with the battle.” The funds granted by the ABPP will be used to create a plan to accomplish this goal. A division of the National Park Service, the ABPP promotes the preservation of significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil. The ABPP focuses primarily on land use, cultural resource and site management planning and public education.
Due to the defeat of Union forces at Lone Jack, Federals assigned more troops to western Missouri to quell Southern sympathies. Besides helping to extend the duration of the war, the commitment of manpower broke the Confederate presence and set the stage for General Thomas Ewing’s Order #11, which depopulated 2,200 square miles and included the destruction of homes and other property. The Lone Jack Battlefield is also significant as it represents the impact of the Civil War on this nation’s citizens. Constant threat of skirmishes, spying and the deprivations of war experienced in eastern Jackson County provide a true example of a war among brothers and neighbors. For more information, visit www.historiclonejack.org.
Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, consisting of 41 counties in western Missouri and eastern Kansas, is a grassroots effort to steward the cultural landscape and nationally significant stories about the struggle over freedom on the frontier. The Lone Jack Historical Society is a nonprofit corporation organized to support, protect, and preserve the unique history of the Lone Jack area, focusing on the Civil War Cemetery, Museum and Battlefield Grounds.
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