Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 08/18/11

Join Country Superstar Trace Adkins and "Text to Give" in Support of Historic Preservation

Country star and preservation advocate Trace Adkins, debuts promotional video during concerts, urges fans to get involved in protecting Civil War historic sites

(Washington, DC) – Proving once again that 19th-century history and 21st-century technology can go hand-in-hand, the Civil War Trust has announced the newest and simplest way for the public to contribute to the protection of hallowed ground.  The preservation group is partnering with country music superstar Trace Adkins to create a “Text to Give” option, allowing individuals to donate on behalf of historic battlefield preservation initiatives from anywhere, at any time. 
Since joining the Board of Trustees of the nation’s largest battlefield preservation organization this summer, Adkins has embraced the Civil War Trust’s ongoing mission, appearing at events and helping to promote its initiatives in a variety of venues.  His latest effort is a video designed to introduce his fans to the plight facing our nation’s battlefields and historic sites and encourage them to get involved in preservation.  The video is available on the Trust’s website and will also be shown at Adkins’s concerts.

“I know that my fans are proud Americans who care deeply about their heritage,” said Adkins.  “I wanted to introduce them to an issue I feel strongly about and an organization that I believe in passionately.  Now, as we mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, it’s especially important to protect these historic sites aside so our children and grandchildren can visit and learn from them.”

The Text to Give program allows individuals to donate $10 to the Civil War Trust by texting CIVILWAR to 50555.  Once authorized by the account holder, the charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance.  Message and Data Rates May Apply.  Full terms are available at  Other options include texting STOP to 50555 to STOP or HELP to 50555 for HELP.

Trust president James Lighthizer said the new donation method is just one way that the organization seeks to marry modern technology to the events of the past.  “One hundred and fifty years after the Civil War began, the bloody conflict continues to resonate with Americans.  We believe that by embracing technology history will come alive for a new generation of preservationists.”

For more information on the Trust's Text to Give program, check out

With 55,000 members, the Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its goals are 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.  Please visit the Trust’s website at, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.


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

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