For Immediate Release: 05/21/10

National Battlefield Preservation Group Hosts Annual Conference in Lexington, Kentucky

Hundreds of Civil War buffs and preservationists will explore the “Battle in the Bluegrass”

(Lexington, Ky.) – Hundreds of Civil War buffs and preservationists from around the country will converge on Lexington next month as part of the Civil War Preservation Trust’s (CWPT) annual conference.  The 4-day event will be held at the Hilton Lexington Downtown Hotel and Conference Center from June 3–6, 2010.

The annual event gives CWPT members an opportunity to celebrate the organization’s successes while learning about the rich Civil War heritage of Kentucky.  The conference is made possible in part by a generous contribution from History™, formerly The History Channel.  Participants will experience lectures, tours and presentations by some of the nation’s most accomplished Civil War historians, including Ed Bearss, Kent Masterson Brown and Richard McMurry, as well as authors and preservationists Garry Adelman, Kurt Holman, Christopher Kolakowski, Phillip Seyfrit, Tres Seymore and John Walsh.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Battle in the Bluegrass,” and it will explore Civil War battles fought across Kentucky.  The focus of the event will be on the major battles fought in the state, with tours including: the Battle of Perryville, the Battle of Mill Springs, the Battle of Richmond and Battles of Munfordville and Rowlett’s Station.  The Raids of John Hunt Morgan will also be covered in depth.
The gathering features an extensive exhibit hall and book show, which are open to the general public on Thursday, June 3 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Other special programs include “An Evening in Frankfort,” featuring tours of historic sites in the state capital, and social receptions sponsored by partner preservation groups.  The high point of the conference will be a banquet and awards ceremony to be held on Saturday, June 5 at the Hilton Lexington Downtown Hotel. 

WHAT: Civil War Preservation Trust Annual Conference and Banquet

WHEN:  June 3–6, 2010

WHERE:  Headquarters at the Hilton Lexington Downtown, Hotel and Conference Center, 369 West Vine Street, Lexington.

With 55,000 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 has preserved more than 29,000 acres of battlefield land across the nation. CWPT’s website is


(For more information or to register online, visit


  • Jim Campi, CWPT, (202) 367-1861 ext. 7205
  • Mary Koik, CWPT, (202) 367-1861 ext. 7231

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