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Volunteer Recruitment Fair

On Saturday, March 9, 2013 Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is hosting a Volunteer Recruitment Fair from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The day’s activities will begin with a short video introducing the NPS Volunteer in Parks (VIP) program followed by a thirty-minute presentation to address some of the specific volunteer needs for the 2013 spring and summer season. Anyone interested in volunteering at the battlefield is encouraged to attend.  Volunteers should be at least sixteen years of age to participate in activities.   Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required for the meeting.

After the 9:00 a.m. presentation, visitors and prospective volunteers will have the opportunity to stop by several volunteer exhibition tables set up throughout the visitor center. Each station will be hosted a park staff member or one of the current volunteers at Wilsons’s Creek NB and provide opportunity for the public to learn first-hand about the various volunteer positions. In addition to answering questions the volunteers will also share personal in-sight as well as some of their own experiences with the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield volunteer program.

According to Superintendent Ted Hillmer, “The programs presented, at the park, are strongly supported by volunteers.  Come and be a part of preserving our nation’s history.”  A registration table will be staffed where new or ‘prospective’ volunteers can stop by for additional information and pick up or fill out the appropriate paperwork.

There is an immediate need for volunteers to assist during the busy spring school season (April/May) with providing educational tours of the historic Ray House as well short programs on Civil War medicine and other Civil War topics. These and other 2013 opportunities to volunteer will be discussed in further detail during the fair.

Battle of Springfield

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Springfield

At noon on January 8 the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Springfield with a ceremony at Park Central Square in Springfield. The event will include speakers, living historians in period clothing, Civil War-era music, an authentic cannon, and the unveiling of newly redesigned markers for the Battle of Springfield tour. Following the noon program, a reception will be hosted by the History Museum for Springfield – Greene County, in its temporary location at 155 Park Central Square. In case of inclement weather, the noon event will also be held in the History Museum.

The 12 Battle of Springfield markers, located throughout downtown Springfield, highlight key locations and details of the battle. Although the new markers have not yet been installed, a replica of Marker 1 will be in place on the square, and all of the markers will be on display in the History Museum. The original markers were funded with the support of local donors and designed by the Wilson’s Creek NB Foundation. They were installed by the City of Springfield and dedicated on May 19, 2001.

The 1863 Battle of Springfield took place in what is now downtown Springfield. One hundred fifty years ago, Federal troops and Missouri Militia led by Brig. General Egbert Brown successfully defended the city and the Union supply depot located here against an attack by Confederate cavalry under the command of Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke. The battle lasted from dawn to dusk, ending when the last Confederate assault was repelled and Marmaduke’s forces withdrew to the Phelps Farm (present day Phelps Grove Park). Of the 4,000 Federal and Confederate troops present, more than 400 were killed or wounded.

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Ray House

Fall Into Wilson’s Creek History

The oranges and reds of autumn are on display during these warm days and cool nights at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.  Visitors who explore the interconnected trails will be rewarded with cooler weather and pockets of deciduous trees, which change to rich reds, orange, and yellow in the fall.  You can bring history alive as you visit the battlefield and experience the environment that has been preserved for all America. Whether your mode of transportation is walking, jogging, biking, horseback riding, and/or how the majority of our over 200,000 visitors enjoy the park, driving in your favorite vehicle, you will not be disappointed as you experience the battlefield as the soldiers did on that morning of August 10, 1861.

The battlefield has several key interpretive media and artifacts to assist you in creating a memorable experience for your visit:  the finest Trans-Mississippi River collection of artifacts in the United States, an electric map that describes battle tactics, the largest Civil War library in the National Park Service system, a great Visitor Center to assist you with your visit, the friendliest Park Rangers, a 26 minute film, and a 5-mile tour road with eight wayside stops to explain what occurred on that warm and humid morning of August 10, 1861.  Recently, a cell phone tour was added to our tour road.  You can use your cell phone to access our self-guided driving tour.  Just stop by the Visitor Center to obtain the access number.

Whether you drive or walk, your visit to the park will be filled with the spectacular autumn colors. One can almost hear the soldiers wake from their shelters, prepare the morning coffee as they look around the camp sites with the morning fog laying low to the ground with the sun streaming through the trees.  Come out to the battlefield to learn about the history of this special place located in the greater Springfield area.

God's Chosen People

Civil War Author Presentation

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is honored to host renowned Civil War author George C. Rable, winner of the Lincoln Prize and two Jefferson Davis Prizes, on September 22, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., at the Visitor Center, in the multipurpose room.  Mr. Rable holds the Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama.  He is author of “Civil Wars: Women and the Crisis of Southern Nationalism”, “The Confederate Republic: A Revolution against Politics”,and “Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!”, which won the Lincoln Prize.

Mr. Rable will talk about his recent book entitled, “God’s Almost Chosen Peoples – A Religious History of the American Civil War”.  Throughout the Civil War, soldiers and civilians on both sides of the conflict saw the hand of God in the terrible events of the day, but the standard narratives of the period pay scant attention to religion.  Now, in “God’s Almost Chosen Peoples”, Lincoln Prize-winning historian George C. Rable offers a ground-breaking account of how Americans used faith to interpret the course of the war.

Eastern National, management of the bookstore at the battlefield, is sponsoring this once in a lifetime opportunity.  Mark your calendars for the 22nd of September at 1:00 p.m. to attend this presentation by George C. Rable, which is free to the public.

Following Mr. Rable’s presentation and Q&A, Dr. William Piston (Professor of History at Missouri State University and author of several Civil War books) will direct a tour of the battlefield, for the regular fee of $5.00, to interested visitors.

Moonlight Tour

Moonlight Tour At The Battlefield

The tour will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, between 7:00 p.m. and
10:00 p.m.  Tickets are $6.00 and proceeds are used to cover the cost of
the program.  The remaining tickets are available on a first-come,
first-served basis and are available at the visitor center.  The visitor
center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

In order to prepare for the Moonlight Tour, the battlefield’s tour road
will be closed to ALL entry by vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians at 5 p.m.
the day of the event.

Tours  of  35  persons  will  begin at 7:00 p.m. and will continue every 15
minutes  until  10:00 p.m.  The length of the tour is one and a half hours.
All  those taking the tour are requested to report to the visitor center at
least  30  minutes  before  their  scheduled  tour.   Visitors will then be
transported  via  busses from the visitor center to and from the tour site.
In addition, those taking the tour should be prepared to walk approximately
½  mile on terrain that is grassy and sometimes uneven.

Wheelchairs and strollers are not recommended and the use of flashlights or
illuminated photography/video-taping during the tour is also prohibited.

The Foundation will be serving dessert and coffee from 6:30 to 9 during the Moonlight Tour.   Please come by and learn more about what we do!

The Library of Congress exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War will feature more than 200 unique items, many never before on public view.

One of the highlights will include:

Lithograph, made by Oehmigke & Riemschneider, showing the death of Union Gen. Nathanial Lyon at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek in Missouri on Aug. 10, 1861.

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Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Trading Cards

Trading cards have been popular with children for generations, from images of sports figures to movie stars. Now, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is offering seven free trading cards, four of which feature different people whose lives were directly impacted by the battle of Wilson’s Creek on August 10, 1861. Additional cards are also available relating to various sites around the battlefield.

The cards, available at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, are part of a series of 550 cards available at participating national parks throughout the United States. To “earn” a trading card, children may participate in a ranger-led tour or answer a question about their visit to the park.

The trading cards are vehicles for telling some ‘lesser-known’ stories – including the stories of civilians, women, African-Americans and American Indians. The trading cards are a great way to engage everyone with our history as a nation and also provide an incentive to families with children to visit all parks which offer the cards.

Each trading card tells a little-known story but collectively the cards describe the struggles we have endured as a nation to strive for freedom and equality. The Civil War Sesquicentennial and the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement provide opportunities for us to reflect upon our past, celebrate the strides we have made and look forward with commitment to achieve a more perfect union.

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Camera Club

6th Annual Photo Exhibit for Amateur Photographers

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield announces their 6th Annual Photo Exhibit.  Entries were submitted by the Southwest Missouri Camera Club. The entries will be on exhibit, at the battlefield, in the Visitor Center multipurpose room, from September 1, 2012, through September 15, 2012. The visitor’s center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., seven days a week.

In partnership with the Southwest Missouri Camera Club, the National Park Service is working cooperatively again this year to highlight the historical and educational aspects of the battlefield through photography.  This exhibit allows the camera club to showcase their members’ creative sensitivity experience in presenting the battlefield for future generations.

Photographers were allowed to submit two entries for each of the six categories, up to 12 entries total.  First, second, and third place ribbons will be awarded in each category with the winners being announced on September 1, 2012.  First place winners will have their photos published in the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield 2013 Calendar.

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