For Immediate Release: 11/14/11
Media Advisory: State and Local Officials, Tourism Leaders to Launch Smartphone Tour of Chancellorsville Battlefield
(Spotsylvania, Va.) – On Monday, November 21, 2011, officials from the Civil War Trust, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the National Park Service and Spotsylvania County will gather to debut an exciting smartphone-based tour of the Chancellorsville battlefield. Using GPS technology and Apple’s iPhone platform, the Chancellorsville Battle App will help tourists locate and learn about historic sites using audio, video and animated content.
The Chancellorsville Battle App, which joins a growing series of similar offerings for other major Civil War battles, provides a wealth of unique resources — including audio and video content, wartime images, detailed maps and an interactive quiz.
The Chancellorsville Battle App was developed by the Civil War Trust and its technology partner NeoTreks, with the support of the Virginia Department of Transportation. The news conference unveiling this exciting new method of exploring this pivotal battle will be held at the National Park Service’s Chancellorsville Visitor Center at 10 a.m. on Monday November 21, 2011. The product will be demonstrated at the event.
WHO: Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Superintendent Russ Smith, Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer, local officials and tourism professionals
WHAT: News conference launching Chancellorsville Battle App, a multimedia, GPS-enabled smartphone tour
WHEN: November 21, 2011 at 10 a.m. ET
WHERE: Chancellorsville Visitor Center, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, 9001 Plank Road, Spotsylvania, VA.
The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its goal is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 30,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states, including nearly 16,000 acres in Virginia. Please visit the Trust’s website at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.