Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 05/10/05

Non-Profit Group to Release Study on Economic Benefits of Battlefield Preservation

(Washington, D.C.) - On Monday, May 16, the nonprofit Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) will host a Newsmaker Breakfast at the National Press Club to unveil a study on the economic benefits of heritage tourism and battlefield preservation.

The release of the report, entitled Blue, Gray and Green: A Battlefield Benefits Guide for Community Leaders, corresponds with the beginning of National Heritage Tourism Week.

Speaking at the Newsmaker event will be CWPT President James Lighthizer. Mr. Lighthizer will discuss the real-world benefits of battlefield preservation and tourism. According to the study, tourism to America's Civil War battlefields generates millions of dollars for local communities, in terms of direct expenditures made by visitors, job creation, government tax revenues, and spending on lodging, food, and other services.

The Newsmaker event will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Zenger Room of the National Press Club, National Press Building (13th floor), 14th and F Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.

WHAT: Newsmaker Event to unveil "Blue, Gray and Green" — a report on the economic benefits of battlefield preservation.

WHEN: Monday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m.

WHO: CWPT President James Lighthizer

WHERE: Zenger Room of the National Press Club (13th floor), 14th and F Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.

With 70,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. CWPT's website is


  • Jim Campi (CWPT)
    (202) 367-1861


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