For Immediate Release: 02/03/12
Civil War Trust Recommends Six Sites to Visit for Black History Month and Presidents' Day
(Washington, D.C.) – February offers Civil War enthusiasts and heritage tourists a variety of sites to visit with unique connections to Black History Month and Presidents’ Day. The Civil War Trust recommends six of our favorite historic sites to visit during this eventful month.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, Ill.: Beginning on Presidents’ Day, February 20, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will display for the first time a carefully restored original copy of the 13th Amendment signed by the former President. The document is one of at least 14 copies originally signed by Lincoln as well as many of the lawmakers who cast votes in favor of its passage. Restoration to the animal-skin document, which had cracked and degraded significantly, was performed by Graphic Conservation Co. at no cost to the State of Illinois. For more information on the museum’s holdings, exhibits and programming, visit www.alplm.org.
Fort Pulaski National Monument, Savannah, Ga.: Every Sunday throughout the month of February, Fort Pulaski National Monument will offer a living history demonstration and talk at 1:00 p.m. As part of Super Museum Sunday, Fort Pulaski National Monument will waive entrance fees on February 5. The agenda for this date includes guided fort tours, musket demonstrations, and a presentation entitled, “Fort Pulaski’s African American History.” For more information about this event, visit www.nps.gov/fopu.
Hampton National Historic Site, Towson, Md.: The history of the Hampton National Historic Site dates to 1695, allowing the National Park Service to interpret the experiences of a wide variety of people who lived and died there, from aristocrats to indentured servants and enslaved African Americans. Among the many special programs planned for Black History Month are “Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad” with author Dr. Raymond Dobard on February 12, and special presentation entitled “James Garfield, African Americans and the Civil War” on February 19. Fore more information on these and other programs, visit www.nps.gov/hamp.
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln City, Ind.: On February 19, the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial will hold its annual Lincoln Day Program. The program will feature a reading by Dr. Robert Bray, author of Reading with Lincoln, as well as music and other activities, including a pilgrimage to the gravesite of Nancy Hanks Lincoln for a wreath-laying. The event kicks off a year-long celebration of the site’s 50th anniversary as a unit of the National Park System and park entrance fees will be waved for the day. For more information, visit www.nps.gov.libo.
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown, N.J.: Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is presenting a lecture series entitled “Gone for a Soldier: New Jerseymen in the Civil War.” The first lecture in the series, “Freedom to All: New Jersey Black Troops in the Civil War,” is scheduled for February 22. The presentation will focus on the story of the state’s black soldiers in the Civil War, as well as African-American military service in New Jersey before and after the conflict. For more information about the “Gone for a Soldier” series, visit http://www.maccullochhall.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/LectureSeriesFlyer.pdf.
South Carolina African American Heritage Commission Lecture Series: The African American Heritage Commission’s African American Lecture Series will kick off on February 9 at the Penn Center in St. Helena. The series will highlight the role of African Americans during the American Civil War, and encourage public dialogue about the Civil War era. The February 9 discussion features the following speakers and topics: Dr. Eric Emerson on “The Ordinance of Secession,” Dr. Abel Bartley on “The Causes of the War,” Nicole Green on “Slavery in South Carolina,” and Rosalyn Brown on “The Port Royal Experiment.” For more information about the African American Lecture Series, visit http://theminorityeye.com/african-american-civil-war-lecture-series-p1195-640.htm.
The Civil War Discovery Trail, a network of 600 sites in 32 states, the District of Columbia and three international destinations, is an excellent resource in planning visits for Presidents’ Day, Black History Month and beyond. Explore Civil War history and plan your next trip online at www.civilwardiscoverytrail.org.
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.