For Immediate Release: 02/24/11
National Preservation Group Gathers in Savannah
Weekend event allows Civil War buffs and preservationists will explore Georgia’s coastal defenses
(Savannah, Ga.) –Civil War aficionados and preservationists from around the country will gather in Savannah next week for a Color Bearer Weekend held in conjunction with Civil War Trust’s spring Board of Trustees meeting. The three-day event will be held at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto from March 4–6, 2011.
The event gives Color Bearers, members of the Trust’s major donor society, an opportunity to celebrate the organization’s most recent successes, while learning about the rich Civil War heritage of coastal Georgia. Participants will experience lectures, tours and presentations by accomplished Civil War historians, including Savannah’s own Barry Sheehy and Vaughnette Goode-Walker. On Saturday, guests will explore Fort Jackson operated by the Coastal Heritage Society, Fort Pulaski National Monument and Fort McAllister State Historic Park, interacting with interpretive staff at the sites. Guests will also have the opportunity to tour the earth works at Savannah Christian Preparatory School Barry Sheehy. The next day, participants may choose between walking tours focusing on life in Savannah during the Civil War or the history of slavery in the city.
While full participation is limited to pre-registered Trust members, several events are open to the general public.
From 4:00–5:30 on Friday, Sheehy will sign copies of his new book Savannah, Immortal City — the first of a four-part series exploring the Civil War in Savannah. The volume offers a pictorial and textual history of important antebellum and Civil War sites in Savannah and surrounding Chatham County. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., that evening, guests will be invited to join the Georgia Battlefields Association, Georgia Historical Society and Georgia Department of Economic Development for the dedication of a historical marker in downtown Savannah’s Madison Square. Erected to coincide with the beginning of the Civil War sesquicentennial anniversary, the marker commemorates the issuance of Special Field Order No. 15, which encouraged the enlistment of freedmen in the Union army, and set aside coastal land for the economic advancement of freed families.
WHAT: Civil War Trust Board Meeting and Color Bearer Weekend
WHEN: March 4–6, 2010
WHERE: Headquarters at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto, 15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, Ga.
The Civil War Trust 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. To date, the Trust has preserved nearly 30,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Learn more at www.civilwar.org.
(For more information, visit http://www.civilwar.org/aboutus/events/colorbearertour)