3/24/2014

Freedom's Frontier partner sites participate in annual Park Day

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area News Release

Contacts: Listed for each participating site below


Several heritage area sites participating in annual Civil War Trust Park Day

More than 150 years after the first shots of the Civil War were fired, another wave of volunteers is about to descend on America’s storied battlegrounds – only these dedicated men, women, and children will be armed with rakes, shovels, and other tools.

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, history buffs and preservationists from around the country will team up with the Civil War Trust to help clean and restore America’s priceless battlefields, cemeteries and shrines. Park Day is the nationwide volunteer effort created by the Civil War Trust to assist local groups with the maintenance of Civil War sites, underwritten with a grant from History™ and endorsed by Take Pride in America, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Now in its 19th year, this annual hands-on preservation event comprises more than 100 sites in 24 states. Individuals of all ages and ability levels are welcome. In exchange for their hard work, volunteers can receive t-shirts and learn the site’s history from local experts.

Several sites within the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area are participating in Park Day. For more information about what the sites need volunteers to assist with, contact the site directly.


Kansas sites 

Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park
Where to meet? 163 E 2000 Road, Wellsville (3 miles east of Baldwin City). Meet at the historic Robert Hall Pearson Farmhouse in the Park.
Time? 9 a.m.
Planned activities? Dismantle several derelict outbuildings, pick up litter and debris from winter storms, grade dirt around the historic Pearson House, and improve a new nature trail. There will be work for both adults and children.
Bring tools? Yes. Rakes and cleaning materials.
Food/Beverages provided? Water and coffee
Contact? Kerry Altenbernd
Phone: (785) 840-8029
email: kaltenbernd@blackjackbattlefield.org
Rain Date? None scheduled. Work will go on, rain or shine.

Constitution Hall State Historic Site
Where to meet? 319 Elmore St., Lecompton
Time? 9 a.m.
Planned activities?Rake and clean debris collected during the winter. Dust and clean the interior of the building
Bring tools? Rake and clean debris collected during the winter. Dust and clean the interior of the building
Food/Beverages provided? Yes - light food and drinks (snacks, desserts)
Contact? Paul Bahnmaier
Phone: (785) 887-6520
email:  consthall@kshs.org
Rain Date? None scheduled. Work will go on, rain or shine.

Fort Blair
Where to meet? 740 East Ave., Baxter Springs
Time? 9 a.m.
Planned activities? Rake and cleanup around and inside of fort.
Bring tools? Yes. Gloves and rakes.
Food/Beverages provided? Beverages only. Water, soda, sports drinks.
Contact: Linda Kennedy
Phone: (620) 856-2385
email: heritagectr@embarqmail.com
Rain Date? None scheduled. Work will go on, rain or shine.


Missouri sites

Battle of Lexington State Historic Site
Where to meet? 1101 Delaware Street, Lexington. Meet in front of the site visitor center.
Time? 9 a.m.
Planned activities: Trash clean-up, painting, clearing leaves and brush.
Bring tools? No.
Food/Beverages provided? Beverages only. Water, soda, sports drinks.
Contact: John Maki
Phone: (660) 259-4654
email: battle.of.lexington.state.historic.site@dnr.mo.gov
Rain Date? None scheduled. Work will go on, rain or shine.

Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield

Where to meet? 301 S Bynum Rd., Lone Jack
Time? 9 a.m.
Planned activities? Rake leaves, pick up sticks, clean cemetery, Musuem and Cave Hotel, the Union commander’s headquarters. Please note: Call to register, and please come dressed for the weather.
Bring tools? Rakes and gloves.
Food/Beverages provided? Yes. A meal (lunch or dinner).
Contact: Alinda Miller
Phone: (816) 805-1815
email: amiller@historiclonejack.org
Rain Date? None scheduled. Work will go on, rain or shine.

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 35,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. To learn more, visit the Civil War Trust.

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See a complete list of participating Park Day sites.

1156 15th Street, N.W. • Suite 900 • Washington, D.C. 20005 
Phone: (202) 367-1861 • Fax: (202) 367-1865 • E-mail: info@civilwar.org 
Website: http://www.civilwar.org

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