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Preservation News - April 2013

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

Jim Lighthizer Photo
April 2013
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 to keep up with the huge variety of special programming being planned.
- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President

Save Vicksburg

Vicksburg Learn about the Trust's new campaign to save 11 acres at Vicksburg — our first ever opportunity to protect land at this watershed battlefield. Help us reach our goal in time for the 150th anniversary

Vicksburg Animated Map

Vicksburg Animated Map Watch the action at the Battle of Vicksburg come to life with our latest animated map. This project, created in partnership with Wide Awake Films, features a compelling video presentation and interactive map

A True Outdoor Classroom

True Outdoor Classroom On April 23, the Trust transferred 195 acres of the Cool Spring Battlefield in Clarke County, Va., to Shenandoah University. Students in history, environmental studies and other disciplines have a new learning laboratory.

Chancellorsville 150th Anniversary

Chancellorsville 150th Extensive National Park Service programming begins with a real-time tour of the Trust's First Day at Chancellorsville Battlefield on May 1.

Chancellorsville 360

Chancellorsville 360 Visit the Chancellorsville battlefield from your desktop. Our new Chancellorsville 360 offering enables you to explore the battlefield via beautiful panoramic images. Click on various points of interest to learn more about specific landmarks.

Plan Your Preservation Legacy

Plan Your Preservation Legacy Discover how legacy giving can help you make an impact on battlefield preservation without any cost to you during your lifetime.

Blue, Gray & Green

Study New study shows how battlefield preservation provides tangible economic benefits to surrounding communities, particularly through heritage tourism.

Congressional Support for Preservation

Congressional Support for Preservation On April 9, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to continue matching grants for battlefield preservation. Listen to bill sponsors Rush Holt (NJ-12) and Rob Wittman (VA-1) on why it matters.

Shores of History Cruise

History Cruise Travel Dynamics International has organized an 11-day small ship cruise to explore historic sites from Alexandria, Va., to Charleston, S.C.

Lesson Plan Contest Deadline Extended

Lesson Plan Contest Teachers: The deadline for the 2013 Best Lesson Plan Contest is July 1. Be recognized for your innovative techniques and win up to $2,500.

April Civil War Battles

April battles Expand your knowledge of the Civil War by learning more about some of the great Civil War battles that occurred in the month of April. Access our history articles, photos, maps, and links for the battles listed below:

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