4/5/2018

Freedom's Frontier Partner sites seek volunteers for annual Park Day clean-up event

National Civil War Trust and Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area News Release

Freedom's Frontier Partners offer volunteer opportunities
Missouri and Kansas sites to participate in Civil War Trust's annual Park Day



Now in its 22nd year, Park Day is a family-friendly preservation event to clean up and restore America’s hallowed battlefields and historic sites. Volunteers of all ages and abilities can give back to their country, get out of the house, and honor people of the past by aiding the Civil War Trust for Park Day 2018.

Park Day is an annual, nationwide, hands-on preservation event to help maintain America’s battlefields and historic sites. And with 160 sites in 32 states and the District of Columbia signed up to participate so far, this year’s Park Day will be by far the largest ever.

Volunteers in Kansas and Missouri will have the opportunity to help keep America’s hallowed grounds and outdoor classrooms looking their best. Across the country, all historic parks, homes, museums, forts, and cemeteries, etc., are invited to participate.

“Park Day volunteers are critically important to historic sites that must balance basic maintenance needs with limited budgets and small staffs,” Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer said. “Visitors really do notice the difference after our legions of volunteers pitch in and clean up!”

Since 1996, thousands of community-minded citizens – including Boy and Girl Scouts, Rotarians, Lions Club members, church groups, ROTC units, youth groups and many others – have taken part in Park Day. Activities can include building trails, raking leaves, painting signs, putting up fences and contributing to site interpretation. In addition to the satisfaction that volunteer work brings, participants receive official Park Day T-shirts, and may have the chance to hear a local historian describe people and events of the past at their site. Read the FAQ for more information.

In 2017, 138 sites throughout the country held Park Day events, with the help of nearly 6,000 volunteers who donated more than 24,000 man-hours of effort. Every freshly painted fence, cannon or newly planted tree makes each place better prepared for the visitors who will come this year to learn more about their nation’s history.

The Civil War Trust is a national nonprofit land preservation organization devoted to the protection of America’s hallowed battlegrounds. It saves the battlefields of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War and War of 1812, and educates the public about their importance in forging the nation we are today. To date, the Trust has preserved over 48,000 acres of battlefield land in 24 states.

Below is a list of partnering sites in Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area that have registered with the Civil War Trust to hold Park Day events. Join these sites as a volunteer on to help battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. Share your photos and experiences on social media with #ParkDay2018 to highlight the battlefield preservation community.

It's a good idea to check with the site, even if registration is not required, to get details, and let them know you are interested in participating.


In Missouri:

Where: Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield Museum Park, 301 S. Bynum Rd., Lone Jack, MO 64070 (Highway 50, ½ block south of Lone Jack exit)
When: Saturday, April 7, 2018. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Lone Jack Battlefield
Planned Activities: Clearing Brush, Landscaping, Other
Other Activities: We will be cleaning the cemetery, raking leaves, picking up sticks
Planned Low-Impact Activities: Cleaning the inside of the Museum
Bring Tools & Supplies: Rakes, gloves
History or Educational Programs: A tour of the Cave Hotel and a short presentation on the battle
Food provided: Yes, a meal will be provided
In the Event of Inclement Weather: Park Day event will be held April 14
Please note: Please dress appropriate for the weather. We will only reschedule if it is raining. Mark, with your name, all garden equipment you bring. A light lunch will be provided, please pre-register (on the Lone Jack website) so that we can make sure we have enough for everyone.
Contact: Alinda Miller, president@historiclonejack.org, (816) 805-1815


Where: Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, 1101 Delaware St., Lexington, MO 64067
When: Saturday April 7, 2018. Meet at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m.
Planned Activities: Clearing Brush, Painting, Trash Removal
Planned Low-Impact Activities: Easy Trash Pickup
Bring Tools & Supplies: Gloves
History or Educational Programs: Tour of the Anderson House available after Cleanup
Food provided: Yes, water and snacks
In the Event of Inclement Weather: Park Day event will be canceled.
Contact: Lindsay Burks, Battle.of.Lexington.State.Historic.Site@dnr.mo.gov, (660) 259-4654


Where: Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, 6424 West Farm Road 182, Republic, MO 65738
When: April 7, 2018. Meet in the Multi-Purpose room inside the Visitor's Center Building at the Battlefield at 8:30 a.m.
Planned Activities: Building or Repairing Fences, Painting, Trash Removal
Other Activities: Stream clean-up
Planned Low-Impact Activities: Stick pick up for kids and painting railings for adults
Bring Tools & Supplies: Gloves, hat, sunscreen, work clothes
Food provided: Yes, water and snacks
In the Event of Inclement Weather: Park Day will continue as planned.
Please note: Wear sensible shoes for walking trails and plan for the weather if needed with proper clothing, sunscreen and bug spray. We will also have some on hand.
Contact: Billie Aschwege, billie_aschwege@nps.gov, (417) 732-2662

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In Kansas:

Where: Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum, 740 East Avenue, Baxter Springs, KS 66713
When: Saturday, April 14, 2018. Meet at the museum at 10 a.m.
Planned Activities: Clearing Brush, Landscaping, Planting, Trash Removal
Planned Low-Impact Activities: Yes, low-impact activities include:
Bring Tools & Supplies: Rakes, Shovels, Gloves
History or Educational Programs: No
Food provided: Yes, water and snacks
In the Event of Inclement Weather: April 14th
Please note: We will meet at the Museum at 740 East Avenue at 10:00 a.m. to sign in and get shirts. We will then proceed to the Fort Blair Historic Site at 6th & East Avenue. We will be raking and clearing the Fort Site of trash and lawn debris in preparation for the summer mowing season.
Contact: Mary Billington, heritagectr@embarqmail.com, (620) 856-2385


Where: Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park, 163 E 2000 Road, Wellsville, KS 66092
When: Saturday, April 28, 2018. Meet in front of historic Robert Hall Pearson Farmhouse at 9 a.m.
Planned Activities: Building or Repairing Fences, Clearing Brush, Landscaping, Trash Removal, Trail Mainenance
Planned Low-Impact Activities: Picking up sticks
Bring Tools & Supplies: Rakes, other lawn care tools, work gloves
History or Educational Programs: History of the battle.
Food provided: Yes, water and snacks
In the Event of Inclement Weather: Park Day will continue as planned.
Please note: Volunteers should wear sturdy clothing and footwear. Go three miles east of Baldwin City, Kansas, on US Highway 56 and then a half mile south.
Contact: Kerry Altenbernd, kaltenbernd@blackjackbattlefield.org, (785) 380-9156


Where: Historic Lecompton, 640 E. Woodson Ave., Lecompton, KS 66050
When: Saturday, April 7, 2018. Meet at Territorial Capital/ Lane Museum at 10 a.m.
Planned Activities: Landscaping, Planting, Trash Removal, Trail MainenanceOther
Other Activities: spring cleaning museums
Planned Low-Impact Activities: dusting, glass cleaning, vacuuming
Bring Tools & Supplies: No
History or Educational Programs: No
Food provided: Yes, water only
In the Event of Inclement Weather: Park Day will continue as planned.
Please note: Meet at the Territorial Capital/Lane Museum
Contact: Paul Bahnmaier, lanemuseum@aol.com, (785) 887-6148


Where: Mine Creek Battlefield, 20485 KS Highway 52, Pleasanton, KS 66075
When: Saturday, April 7, 2018. Meet in the museum building at 9 a.m.
Planned Activities: Clearing Brush, Trail Mainenance
Planned Low-Impact Activities: Washing windows, sweeping storage area
Bring Tools & Supplies: tree trimming loppers, chain saw, pull saws, garden rakes, shovels, leather gloves
History or Educational Programs: Documentary of the battle will be shown along with weapons display
Food provided: Yes, water and snacks
In the Event of Inclement Weather: Park Day will continue as planned.
Please note: We have 2.5 miles of trails that need to be cleared at the beginning of every season. We have some areas of the trails that wash out from rain and a lot of dead fallen trees that happen over the winter. For those that cannot walk the trails but would like to help we have cleaning projects inside and around the building.
Contact: Tami Neal, KSHS.MineCreek@ks.gov, (913) 352-8890


Where: Shawnee Indian Mission National Historic Landmark, 3403 W. 53rd Street, Fairway, KS 66205
When: Saturday, April 7, 2018. Meet in the East Building at 9 a.m.
Planned Activities: Clearing Brush, Landscaping, Trash Removal, Other
Other Activities: interior cleaning
Planned Low-Impact Activities: cleaning windows, sweeping, dusting
Bring Tools & Supplies: rakes, garden gloves and clippers
History or Educational Programs: No
Food provided: Yes, a meal will be provided
In the Event of Inclement Weather: Park Day will continue as planned.
Contact: Jennifer Laughlin, jlaughlin@fairwaykansas.org, (913) 262-0867


For a complete list of participating Park Day sites, visit the Web site of The Civil War Trust at www.civilwar.org/events/park-day.


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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.

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