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Army of volunteers to work at historic sites tomorrow

The annual Civil War Preservation Trust Park Day on Saturday, April 10, gives volunteers an opportunity to help Civil War sites get ready for summer tourists. Help is needed to paint cannon, build fences, clean tombstones, pick up trash, remove brush, rake leaves, cut grass and do whatever else needs to be done.

National and state parks, historic homes, battlefields and cemeteries are among the more than 100 sites in 23 states that have signed up for the event.

“Civil War sites are often the victims of their own popularity,” said Trust president James Lighthizer. “Our goal is to spruce up these links to America’s past so they can be enjoyed by all.”

Participants will receive T-shirts, hear presentations on the importance of their sites and do hands-on work. The nationwide effort, in its 14th year, is sponsored by History, formerly The History Channel.

Among the opportunities are painting cannon on the battlefields at Vicksburg, Miss., and Manassas, Va.; repairing or building fences at the
General John A. Logan Museum in Murphysboro, Il., and the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove, Ark.; cleaning grave stones at Evergreen Cemetery in Fitzgerald, Ga.; and removing brush at the home of Gen. Joe Wheeler in Hillsboro, Ala.

By Linda Wheeler  |  April 9, 2010; 9:54 AM ET
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Are they accepting volunteers to remove hubris from the Virigina state capitol?

Posted by: groundhogdayguy | April 9, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

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