21 Aug 2018

Burning of Washington, Labor Day Events, Generations, and More

Do you remember the first time you were moved by curiosity about the past? Picture that moment. Were you reading? Listening to someone speak? Watching TV, a film, or a live depiction of a historic moment?

We want to hear about the person who made that moment possible. Whether it was a historian you never met, a gifted tour guide, a beloved relative or a favorite teacher, this is your chance to recognize them.

You can reply to the question “Who Inspired Your Interest in American History?” on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or post on your own with the hashtag #InspiredHistory. If you don’t already, follow our social channels and the hashtag to connect with other history lovers and read their stories. We might even feature your story in our online channels!

Not on social media? Email us your story at web@battlefields.org. You might just motivate someone who’s never been into history to read something your inspiration wrote, or to go explore a battlefield. Let’s work together to build appreciation for the stories that make our world - and our work together preserving historic places - so meaningful.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Generations Event

Join the American Battlefield Trust at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. on September 15 as we Charge into the Past! Experience the life of American soldiers and civilians before, during and after the wars that created and defined our country. Take care of your farm, build a fence, charge like soldiers on an actual battlefield, hear the explosions, smell the gunpowder, and deal with battle’s terrible aftermath. The event will take place at Richmond National Battlefield Park and is free and open to all, but geared toward kids with their parents or grandparents.

Support the Preserving America’s Battlefields Act

The National Park Service’s federal Battlefield Land Acquisition Grant Program has been used to preserve more than 30,000 acres of battlefield land across the country. Will you please join us in supporting bipartisan legislation to ensure this program continues to be an effective tool for preserving hallowed ground? Please send a message to encourage your House member and senators to co-sponsor this important legislation.

In4: Burning of Washington

On August 24, 1814, British soldiers sacked and burned Washington, D.C., hoping to deliver the finishing blow of the War of 1812. Instead, this shocking act galvanized the United States. The British vandals soon found themselves facing a re-energized and vengeful America. The Burning of Washington went down in history as the only foreign attack on the nation’s capital until the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Labor Day Events

This Labor Day, Americans across the country will take many opportunities to use the last long weekend of the summer. In honor of the holiday, we recommend eight family-friendly events at historic destinations nationwide. We hope you will get outside, learn about history, and celebrate American heritage with one of our recommended activities.

Save Brandywine

You can help save 21 acres of hallowed ground at the Brandywine Battlefield where George Washington, Nathanael Greene, and the Marquis de Lafayette fought! We’re hoping to raise $95,000 before September 11, the 241st anniversary of this historic battle to declare this land saved forever.


American Battlefield Trust

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