For Immediate Release: 05/31/12
Civil War Trust Surpasses 100,000 Facebook Fans
Celebrates with contest open to all members of the Trust’s social media network
(Washington, D.C.) – Proving that the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is generating increased public interest in this period of American history, last night the Civil War Trust, the nation’s largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization, surpassed an impressive mark — 100,000 fans on the social media networking site Facebook. To celebrate this milestone, the Trust has announced a contest open to members of its online fan community.
“The greatest tool in battlefield preservation is public awareness,” said Trust president James Lighthizer. “During the Civil War, 100,000 men was the size of a major field army. Today, that’s the number of people who have made a public declaration that they care about this pivotal moment in our nation’s history and want to see these sites protected.”
Beginning today and running through Monday, June 4, 2012, current and newly registered Facebook fans of the Civil War Trust can participate in a nine-question trivia quiz about historic preservation and Trust activities. A winner will be randomly selected from all respondents and receive a collection of Civil War book titles, including: Vicksburg: Sentinels of Stone, Civil War 150: An Essential To-Do List for the 150th Anniversary, and Civil War Sites: The Official Guide to the Civil War Discovery Trail. To participate in the contest — or to become a Facebook fan of the Civil War Trust — visit www.facebook.com/civilwartrust.
Using its growing social media presence, the Trust has been able to activate supporters throughout the country to take action on important issues related to preservation, share news about the inspiring work of its partners and notify supporters about upcoming events and acquisition efforts. The page is also resource for preservation advocates to share their own projects and successes, as well as upcoming special events and heritage tourism opportunities.
“As the Civil War sesquicentennial has continued, we’ve seen a tremendous growth in the number of our fans,” said Trust director of internet strategy and development Rob Shenk. “Social media is a great way to keep supporters across the country abreast of our latest victories, as well as news items of interest.”
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 32,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Please visit the Trust’s website at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.