Volunteers needed for Park Day cleanup

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More than 150 years after the first shots of the Civil War were fired, another wave of volunteers is about to descend on America’s storied battlegrounds, only this array of dedicated men and women will be armed with paint brushes, trash bags and weed-whackers.
The N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport needs volunteers for its Park Day historic preservation event on Saturday, March 31, at 204 East Moore St. in Southport, on the historic Fort Johnston grounds. The event begins at 9 a.m. Rain date will be April 14.
History buffs and preservationists from around the country will team up with the Civil War Trust to help clean and restore America’s priceless battlefields, cemeteries and shrines. The nationwide effort, dubbed Park Day, is underwritten with a grant from History, formerly The History Channel, and has been endorsed by Take Pride in America, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Park Day, now in its 16th year, is an annual hands-on preservation event created by the Trust to assist local groups with the maintenance of Civil War sites. This year, more than 100 sites in 25 states are expected to take part in the effort, with activities ranging from trash removal to trail building. In exchange for their hard work, volunteers receive T-shirts and learn the site’s history from local experts.
Volunteers are needed to clean out shrub beds and plant raised gardens with provided plants. Additionally, volunteers will clean up the Fort Johnston Civil War fortification along the Cape Fear River. The museum will offer a hotdog lunch for all those involved with the project.
Tools will be provided, and volunteers need to wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get muddy. Individuals need to supply their own sunscreen and insect repellent. Along with the free T-shirts, badges will be given to participants of this event.
For more information about Park Day at the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport/Fort Johnston, contact Sharon Venis at 457-0003, email sharon.venis@ncdcr.gov or visit www.maritimemuseums.com.
The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its goal is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 32,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Visit its website at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.