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Media Advisory: Civil War Sites Across Country Seek Volunteers for Park Day 2013

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Jim Campi, (202) 367-1861 x7205

February 27, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) - A century and a half after battle raged during the American Civil War, a new wave of volunteers will descend upon America's battlefields. On Saturday, April 6, 2013, history buffs and preservationists from around the country will help clean and restore America's Civil War-related battlefields, cemeteries and shrines.

Park Day is the Civil War Trust's annual hands-on preservation event with the goal of assisting local groups in maintaining these historic sites. It is underwritten with a grant from History, formerly The History Channel, and has been endorsed by Take Pride in America, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Participation in the Trust's nationwide clean-up effort has ballooned since its conception in 1996. This year, more than 100 sites in 24 states plan to participate in the effort, with activities ranging from trash removal to trail building. These dedicated men and woman, armed with paint brushes, hammers and trash bags, enlisted to keep America's hallowed ground not only preserved, but pristine. In exchange for their hard work, volunteers will receive t-shirts or patches and learn about the site's history from local experts.

Participating sites select activities tailored to their individual maintenance needs. Volunteers of all ages and ability levels are welcome, and many activities are appropriate for groups, like scout troops or corporate outings. For a complete list of participating Park Day sites, visit

WHAT:    "Park Day" historic preservation event

WHEN:    April 6, 2013

WHERE:    More than 100 participating sites in 24 states

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 more than 35,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  Learn more at, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.


(For a complete list of participating Park Day sites, visit