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SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) -

As our nation commemorates the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, volunteers across the country will once again answer their nation's call to service.

Each year in April, history buffs, community leaders and preservationists team up with the Civil War Trust, History™ and Take Pride in America at more than 98 historic sites across the country to participate in Park Day.

In SW Georgia, Andersonville National Historic Site will participate in Park Day. Volunteers will assist with repair and rebuilding of replica prisoner shelters in the reconstructed northeast corner of the prison site.

Saturday, April 12  at 9:00 a.m., Volunteers will meet at the National Prisoner of War Museum. Work gloves are useful, but not required. Refreshments will be provided free of charge thanks to The Friends of Andersonville.

Park Day is one of a variety of programs over the two-year period of the 150th anniversary of the prison in 2014 & 2015 that will explore the prison site and the prison experience at Andersonville while also addressing the larger story at other military prisons, in the north and south.

Every two months during the anniversary period, the park will focus on a single word theme that represents the events, conditions, or emotions of prisoners during the war. To expand the prisoner story, the park will also feature other Civil War prisons and draw on their stories to present a fuller picture of the captivity experience.

For more information on anniversary programs, themes and other featured prisons, please visit the park website at: http://go.nps.gov/cwprisons

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.

Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The national park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter.

Andersonville National Historic Site is the only national park within the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war.

Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The National Prisoner of War Museum is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. Admission is free.

For more information about Park Day at Andersonville National Historic Site, please contact Eric Leonard by phone at 229 924-0343 or by e-mail at eric_leonard@nps.gov  .

 

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