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New preservation projects at the Civil War Trust are announced in October, one which targets 608 acres of battlefield at Rappahannock Station & Chattanooga. Other land around three battles of the Richmond campaign also nearing completion. Check the Civil War Trust for more details.
Antietam Campaign Acreage to Be Saved
The Civil War Trust has announced a new campaign to save 318 acres at four sites associated with the Antietam Campaign, often cited as the impetus that allowed President Lincoln to announced the Emancipation Proclamation. Acreage will be saved at Antietam, South Mountain, Harper's Ferry, and Shepherdstown.
Steamboat Geyser Erupts at Yellowstone
For the first time in eight years, Steamboat Geyser erupted up to three hundred feet in the air. Steamboat is notoriously fickle, sometimes spewing twenty-nine times in one year, other times waiting fifty years to erupt. Check the video here. Just one of the magnificent wonders at America's first national park.
Gettysburg 150: Wow!!
There's perhaps not a better word to describe the activities of the 150th Anniversary Celebrations at Gettysburg. It's simply, .. Wow! From an opening ceremony featuring Trace Adkins to battle walks in four line style to a Pickett's Charge reenactment with about the same number of, this time, 12,500 or so men, women, and children charging across the field, sometimes at double quick. Check out Gettysburg 150 for more of our coverage and photos.
Railroad Museum Celebrates Five Years.
Just a couple miles north of its namesake city sits a new museum on the history of the Reading Railroad. Whether you are a train buff, a monopoly player, or just someone who loves to find gems of historic attractions to visit, go to this growing museum on the history of the Reading and take their yard tour. The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum is a great example of how enthusiatic historians can make something special happen one track at a time. Open weekends. Appropriate for children.
Two Additional Monuments Arrive
Beyond the three new national monuments named in March to be administered by the National Park Service, two additional national monuments have been added to the Bureau of Land Management's list; Río Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico and San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington State. There are now 19 national monuments within BLM jurisdiction in nine western states.
Three New National Monuments Named
Adding to the roster of spectacular national history sites comes three new national monuments, one in the only state that had previously had none, Delaware, with the First State National Monument, and two others focused on African American history. The Harriet Tubman National Historic Site in Maryland and the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio tell the story of two prominent citizens who changed to course of history.
Attendance Retrospective 2012
Not much change at the top of the pack amongst the best attendedn National Park units in 2012 with the Blue Ridge Parkway at the top amonst all units and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park amongst parks and monuments. Among those that gained the most, the biggest increase, by percentage, was at the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, at 174%. At the bottom was the Washington Monument, closed for repairs due to earthquake damage in August 2011, but scheduled to reopen after repairs are completed. It was estimated that the repairs would take 12 to 18 months to finish.
2012 Top Twenty Attendance List
Kelly's Ford Interpretive Center & Washington's Crossing Visitor Center Now Open
There's more to see and do at two historic sites in the Mid-Atlantic region with the opening of an interpretive center at Kelly's Ford in Culpepper, Virginia on the 964 acre site saved by the Civil War Trust and their partners. Fought on March 17, 1863, this battle was the first large scale cavalry battle of the war. In Pennsylvania and on the subject of another war, Washington's Crossing in Pennsylvania now has a new visitor center, opened in March, to better interpret the crossing of Washington's troops and the subsequent battles at Trenton.
Richmond Battlefield Preservation
The Civil War Trust is currently engaged in a campaign to save 69 additional acres at the various battlefield sites around Richmond. These sites, at Glendale, First Deep Bottom, and Malvern Hill add to the already impressive amounts of land that the trust has added to the battlefield land already preserved by Richmond National Battlefield Park. Check out their maps some day to see just how much land they've preserved and will eventually be added, most likely, to the park itself.
Pinnacles Upgraded to National Park
President Obama announced that Pinnacles, previously a National Monument located in central California and home to caves and spires, has been upgraded to national park status. So what's that mean. A bit hard to define really, even when reading the official NPS desciptions, but suffice to say a monument is smaller and protects one significant resource or historic site while a national park is larger, more diverse, and provides large water or land areas to protect natural resources. So I guess Pinnacles is growing. Okay, they say not, but it will likely get an increase in tourism with the new designation Pinnacles was established as a National Monument in 1908 by Teddy Roosevelt at the same time as the Grand Canyon and Muir Woods.
Preservation Triumphs in 2012 at Civil War Sites
We wanted to congratulate all those who took part in the magnificent efforts of the Civil War Trust in 2012, as the preservation organization saved a record 3,735 acres of historic land at various parks around the nation. It included 39 transactions at 26 battlefield spread around eight states. Check out their individual sites to find out more and visit them during the 150th Civil War anniversary events through 2015.
The battlefields where land was preserved in 2012 are: Resaca, Ga.; Mill Springs, Perryville and Rowlett’s Station, Ky.; Mansfield, La.; Averasborough and Bentonville, N.C.; Gettysburg, Pa.; Fallen Timbers, Franklin, Johnsonville and Shiloh, Tenn.; Appomattox Court House, Cedar Creek, Cedar Mountain, Chancellorsville, Cool Spring, Cross Keys, Gaines’ Mill, Kelly’s Ford, Middleburg, Mine Run, Petersburg, Tom’s Brook and the Wilderness, Va.; and Summit Point, W.Va.
New Access in Acadia National Park
The fifth in a series of Village Connector Trails, the Duck Brook, opened last year. A partnership between the Friends of Acadia, Nature Valley, and the park helped complete this trail meant to provide better access, and reduce auto congestion. More trails are upcoming, including the trail in Trenton that will connect to the new Acadia Welcome Center.
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new opportunities for the Gettysburg gambling proposal to apply for a
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to stop any future casino effort that might come. Almost
10,000 men died and 50,000 were killed, wounded, or
missing at Gettysburg. Help retain the honor and sacrifice of
these men. It's time to promote a ban on any new casinos
10 miles of a National Military Park, which is currently being
considered at the state level. Contact your federal
congressman or Senator and ask them to
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Although the current economic climate has slowed some of the troubles in preserving historic sites and lands with slower development growth, the problem of preservation funding is now in the fore even more. If you want to get involved, contact the various organizations in your local community to see where you can help. National organizations such as the Civil War Preservation Trust and the National Parks Conservations Organization are always in need of assistance.