18 Apr 2018

Park Day: Photo Contest, Reflections, and More Events

Park Day: Photo Contest, Reflections, and More Events

Thank you to all of the sites and volunteers that participated in our 22nd Annual Park Day on Saturday, April 7th! A record-breaking 157 battlefields and historic sites across 32 states and the District of Columbia took part this year, including Civil War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812 sites.

Keeping our historic sites preserved and pristine is a collective responsibility requiring communal effort. This year, nearly 7,000 volunteers across the country came out to do their part, donating over 25,000 hours of volunteer work.

At Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in Republic, Missouri, 56 volunteers helped with fence construction, stream clean up, and housekeeping work in the park's library and living history clothing and equipment cache. Ultimately, an entire dump truck load of trash was removed, and a total of 265 feet of rail fence were put up.

At Buford Massacre Battlefield in Lancaster, South Carolina, seventy JROTC students and members of the community came out to help clear brush, rake leaves, and pick up trash. Volunteers also cleaned markers and picnic tables.

And at Mine Creek Battlefield in Pleasanton, Kansas, 37 volunteers helped wash windows, clear 2.5 miles of trails, and clean storage areas.

If you have any photos of the events, remember to enter our Photo Contest here. You can help us document this year’s success and be eligible to win special prizes! We’ll be announcing the winners in a few weeks. Keep checking back to vote for your favorites!

Historic sites rely heavily on the dedicated work of volunteers, and your hard work will make a difference for years to come. Thank you again!

If you were not able to participate on April 7, you may still have a chance! Due to weather postponements, Park Day events will continue throughout the rest of April and into May. Find a participating site on our website.


American Battlefield Trust

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