For Immediate Release: 04/23/08
CWPT Vows to Use the Latest Modern Technology to Save Historic Land
National group unveils revamped website, civilwar.org, to bring the Civil War community together online
(Washington, D.C.) - During the American Civil War both sides used the latest technology to further their cause. Ironclad warships, repeating rifles, observation balloons, submarines, and other innovative technologies played a major role in shaping the outcome of this great conflict.
The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) recently unveiled an initial redesign to its website, including features designed to appeal to both those familiar with the organization’s mission and those only just learning about the threat to our nation’s hallowed ground. The improvements now being implemented will pave the way for a full overhaul and restructuring set to make its debut this fall.
“We are committed to using 21st-century technology to help us to preserve historic 19th-century landscapes,” said CWPT president James Lighthizer. “There is no better way than the Internet for us to communicate with the world the grave threat that our Civil War battlefields and historic sites are facing.”
These redesign efforts allow CWPT to keep pace with rapid technological advancements and meet the evolving demands of its members. Current and planned changes will increase the information visitors have at their fingertips about both Civil War history and CWPT’s current preservation efforts. Whether interesting in becoming a member, donating toward the protection of a particular piece of hallowed ground, contacting decision makers about preservation issues or registering for an upcoming CWPT event, visitors to the improved website can make a difference quickly and easily.
New and emerging technologies make history more exciting to study than ever before. For example, the Internet has allowed CWPT to take a major step forward with its popular battlefield maps – animated versions available online. These detailed diagrams allow visitors to watch the battle unfold while demonstrating the historic significance of properties protected by the Trust.
“While there is still no substitute for walking the actual ground of a Civil War battlefield with a knowledgeable guide, these maps, which are prepared with assistance from eminent historians, are a far more dynamic experience than we have ever before been able to offer the armchair historian,” Lighthizer said.
The first in this series of animated maps, depicting the action at CWPT’s First Day at Chancellorsville site, is now available at http://www.civilwar.org/fdac. Additional maps will follow in the coming months.
Although a full redesign is underway and scheduled for its debut this autumn, many improved features are available now, including a refined site search function, an improved “Get Involved” section and an easier to navigate homepage. Other new features include a new CWPT photo site highlighting historic and contemporary battlefield photography as well as a new section focused on Civil War books
“We’ve already made great strides,” Lighthizer said, “but more – and better – improvements are still to come. The Civil War was a dynamic time in our nation’s past and we are excited to be bringing that history alive online.”
In the coming weeks and months the CWPT will also introduce new and improved online donation and membership interfaces as well as a host of new features designed to further awareness of our preservation issues and goals.
With 65,000 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 www.civilwar.org.