Document Your Battlefield Journeys
Calling all shutterbugs: the Civil War Trust's 2013 Annual Photo Contest begins tomorrow! As you visit battlefields and other Civil War sites this summer, bring along your camera and share the experience with other history lovers by uploading your favorite images. Winning shots will be featured in upcoming Trust materials, including our 2014 calendar. Read the official rules, dust off your tripod and share the beauty and history of your favorite battlefield with the world.
From Our President
Dear Civil War Preservationist,
Spring is in the air at Civil War battlefields and other historic sites across the country. Earlier this month, 104 historic sites across the nation participated in our 17th annual Park Day clean-up effort. These 7,800 volunteers donated more than 31,000 man-hours of labor to beautify and improve parks and museums.
Tomorrow we begin the 2013 edition of our popular Annual Photo Contest. I hope that as you visit battlefields, reenactments and other events in the coming months, you will bring your camera along and share with us some of the views that inspire and remind you of this important period in our history.
This week we also begin one of the most packed periods of commemoration during the sesquicentennial. In the next two months, we will mark the 150th anniversaries of some of the war's most significant moments and turning points — Chancellorsville, Brandy Station, Gettysburg, the Vicksburg Campaign. I urge you to check the Trust's Facebook page and sesquicentennial events calendar at www.civilwar150.org to keep up with the huge variety of special programming being planned.
- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President
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