For Immediate Release: 06/04/12

Civil War Trust Debuts Kid-Friendly Version of Popular "To-Do" List for 150th Anniversary

Checklist offers kids fun, interactive ways to experience history at their own pace and level

(Washington, D.C.) – As part of its commitment to providing quality educational resources for students of all ages, the Civil War Trust, the nation’s largest battlefield preservation organization, is pleased to announce the publication of a new book designed to help young people experience the past in fun and age-appropriate ways.  Civil War Kids 150: Fifty Fun Things to Do, See, Make, and Find for the 150th Anniversary is an interactive book designed to involve kids in commemorations of the sesquicentennial of America’s greatest conflict.

“History is more than just reading facts and memorizing dates — history is about exploring the past, discovering the unknown, and solving mysteries,” said Trust president James Lighthizer. “With this unique book, we’re encouraging kids to get involved in the past through a variety of fun and educational experiences.”

The book’s 50 activities are divided into four sections: Create, Perform, Find and Read/Watch. Activities include baking a batch of hardtack, making signal flags, hiking a battlefield, cracking a secret code, reading a battle map and playing a drum or a fife. Letters from soldiers and period photos introduce students to the personal side of history and encourage them to think about how the war impacted individuals. The book’s checklist format allows kids to track their progress as they work on projects in various categories.

Designed to appeal to 8- to 12-year-olds, the book is an extension of the Trust’s popular title The Civil War 150: An Essential To-Do List for the 150th Anniversary, which debuted last year.  The original book features suggestions for the tours, museums, books, movies and other activities that every Civil War aficionado should seek out during the four-year sesquicentennial commemoration.

Civil War Kids 150 is available for $12.95 from publisher Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, beginning June 5.  Pre-orders are currently being taken on both and

The Civil War Trust’s education goals span all ages, all aspects of the War and employ numerous methods of delivery. The Trust employs a broad approach to reach literally millions of people in classrooms, on battlefields, on its web site, and in printed media.

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 in 20 states.  Learn more 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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