For Immediate Release: 03/28/08
National Battlefield Preservation Group Hosts Annual Conference in Springfield, Missouri
Hundreds of Civil War buffs and preservationists will explore the “War in the Ozarks”
(Springfield, MO) - Hundreds of Civil War buffs and preservationists from around the country will converge on Springfield next month as part of the Civil War Preservation Trust’s (CWPT) annual conference. The 4-day event will be held at the University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center from April 17 – 20, 2008.
The annual event gives CWPT members an opportunity to celebrate the organization’s successes while learning about the rich Civil War heritage of Missouri and the trans-Mississippi region. The conference is made possible in part by a generous contribution from The History Channel.
Participants in the conference will experience tours and presentations by some of the nation’s most accomplished Civil War historians and authors, including: Edwin C. Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, and scholars Vernon Burton, David Hinze, Connie Langum, Arnold Schofield and Richard Sommers.
The theme of this year’s conference is the “War in the Ozarks,” and it will explore Civil War battles in the trans-Mississippi region. The focus of the event will be the 1861 Battle of Wilson’s Creek, although engagements at Pea Ridge, Ark.; Fort Scott and Mine Creek, Kan.; Carthage and Newtonia, Mo.; and Cabin Creek and Honey Springs, Okla., will also be examined. These bloody struggles helped determined the fate of the war west of the Mississippi.
In addition, the event will also feature a special evening performance by Bobby Horton, one of the world’s foremost experts on historical music. Renowned for his accuracy and emotion, Horton and his ensemble have made frequent television appearances and have recorded long-running series of albums featuring “homespun” Civil War music.
The high point of the conference will be a banquet and awards ceremony to be held on Saturday, April 19 at the University Plaza Hotel. Other memorable events include two days worth of tours of the area’s numerous battlefields and historic sites led by the leading experts in the field.
WHAT: Civil War Preservation Trust Annual Conference and Banquet
WHEN: April 17 – 20, 2008
WHERE: Headquarters at the University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 333 John Q. Hammons Parkway, Springfield.
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.