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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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