Military History Fest Invades Chicagoland February 18-20, 2011

The popular annual historical convention Reenactor Fest has teamed up with Osprey Publishing, W. Britain and Casemate Publishing to bring Chicagoland a more dynamic and exciting convention—Military History Fest! Whether you are a historical reenactor, a wargamer, a toy soldier collector, a military antiques enthusiast or just a history buff in general, Military History Fest [...]

Gettysburg park bill dies in Senate

An omnibus lands bill that would have expanded the boundaries of Gettysburg National Military Park died last week after it met Republican opposition in the U.S. Senate.
The bill would have added to the park the 151-year-old Gettysburg train station where President Abraham Lincoln arrived to dedicate the national cemetery.
It also would have expanded the park’s [...]

New Markers Extend Civil War Trails across North Carolina

Burning bacon or a bridge, firing on a church or scribbling in a courthouse, moving toward or away from troop supplies, all are tales told on North Carolina’s most recently erected Civil War Trails markers (www.civilwartrails.org). 
The 12 newest markers are among nearly 200 in the state, and part of a network including Maryland, Virginia, West [...]

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND FORD’S THEATRE SOCIETY ANNOUNCE INCREASE IN RESERVATION FEE TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

The National Park Service (NPS) and Ford’s Theatre Society announced that the convenience charge for an advance group reservation to Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site will increase from $1.25 to $2.00 per ticket beginning September 1, 2011. The increase will not affect the free, same-day tickets distributed at the Ford’s Theatre Box Office. The increase [...]

Civil War Preservation Trust Completes $1 Million Campaign to Save Battlefield Land at the Wilderness

The Civil War Preservation Trust is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed a $1 million fundraising effort to permanently protect 49 acres at the very heart of the Wilderness Battlefield.  First announced in October 2010, the effort will set aside a portion of historic Saunders Field immediately north of State Route 20 for [...]

Bentonville’s Harper House Re-opens for Tours after Repairs

After months of being closed for plaster repair work, the Harper House at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site re-opens today for guided tours. Tours are given on the hour beginning at 10 a.m., with the last tour at 4 p.m. Admission and tours are free to the public. 
During the 1865 Battle of Bentonville, the Harper [...]

Somerset Moves Jan. 15 Lecture Examining Slaves’ Side of Civil War to Roper

A Civil War lecture Jan. 15 arranged by Somerset Place State Historic Site in Creswell has been moved to a new location because of anticipated interest. The program “The Impact and Implication of the Civil War from the Enslaved Person’s Perspective: Forced to Aid My Enemies’ Cause,” is at 2 p.m. in the Vernon G. [...]

PENNSYLVANIA GAMING CONTROL BOARD TABLES DECISION ON CONTROVERSIAL GETTYSBURG CASINO PROPOSAL

 Following the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s postponement of the decision awarding the state’s remaining Category 3 gaming license, Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) president James Lighthizer issued the following statement:
“While I understand and commend the members of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for their desire to carefully consider the myriad aspects and implications of the [...]

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND FORD’S THEATRE SOCIETY ANNOUNCE FORD’S THEATRE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE CLOSURE JANUARY 14, 2011

The National Park Service (NPS) and Ford’s Theatre Society (FTS) announced that the Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, comprising the Theatre and Museum (located at 511 10th Street, NW), will close to the public for facility maintenance on January 14, 2011. The Petersen House (the house where Lincoln died) is currently closed for repair and [...]

FEE FREE DAYS AT WILSON’S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD ANNOUNCED FOR 2011

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the National
Park Service will waive admission fees on 17 selected dates throughout 2011
and encouraged all Americans to make a New Year’s resolution to visit a
national park this year.
“Many people have made resolutions to spend more quality time with loved
ones and to get outdoors and unplug in [...]