Civil War Trust Overview
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District of Columbia 20005
Target demographics: all Americans
Geographic areas served: Nationwide
Programs: In addition to its land preservation programs, the Trust's Education Programs are designed to compliment the mission of battlefield preservation. The Trust is, again, uniquely qualified to spread the word through our school curricula, website, media outreach and informational communications. The Trust has long been aware of the need for history education to teach students about the Civil War's role in shaping our American heritage. Our education activities, outlined below, are meant to raise awareness and engage new audiences in the cause of battlefield protection. The Trust's website www.civilwar.org, includes details on preservation, Civil War history, and a "classroom" section with lesson plans and other resources for teachers and students; innovative "Battle Apps" are smartphone-based applications that allow a user to tour Civil War battlefields from anywhere in the world. They feature video, audio, photos and GPS-enabled "virtual signs," enhancing the battlefield education experience; Teacher and Student Programs multiple programs ranging from a poster and essay contest for kids to workshops and curriculum guides for teachers (grades 5, 8 and 11). The Trust also sponsors a prize in Civil War history through National History Day; Hallowed Ground, the Trust's quarterly magazine, includes articles on history, preservation techniques and upcoming events and includes the Junior Pages written to engage middle-school-aged children; Civil War Discovery Trail, a heritage tourism initiative that links more than 600 Civil War sites and promotes visitation through themed itineraries; it is recognized by the White House as one of sixteen National Millennium Trails. By encouraging travel to Civil War sites, we are able to educate the tourist while showing states and communities that there are economic benefits to preserving their unique Civil War heritage; Park Day, an annual volunteer clean-up day cosponsored by Take Pride in America and The History Channel aimed at caring for the Civil War sites we cherish.
The Trust continues to achieve major success in saving America's unprotected Civil War battlefields endangered by sprawl. Through acquisitions and grants, the Trust has preserved 32,000+ acres in 20 states, including Bentonville, NC, Chancellorsville, VA, Shiloh, TN, Champion Hill, MS, Brices Crossroads, MS, Averasboro, NC, Morris Island, SC, Fort Donelson and Shiloh, TN, Appomattox Court House, VA, Brandy Station, VA, Port Republic, VA, First Deep Bottom, VA, Fisher's Hill, VA, Rappahanock Station, VA, Ream's Station, VA, Trevilian Station, VA, Richmond, KY and Rich Mountain, WV. Even in the midst of perhaps the most difficult economic environment in decades, The Trust has maintained a total membership of approximately 55,000 individuals in all 50 states and eight foreign countries. Each quarter, every member receives our 48-page award-winning magazine, Hallowed Ground, as a free educational membership benefit. This magazine highlights how their support helps preserve endangered Civil War battlefield land, advances the cause of education about that period in our Nation's history, and educates them on key elements relating to the Civil War. The Trust depends upon its members to help fulfill its battlefield preservation and education missions every year through their dues payments, as well as additional charitable gifts. Finally, the the Trust does have a major donor society, named The Color Bearers, comprised of generous individuals who make dues payments of $1,000 or more annually. Membership in this group was approximate 925 at the end of 2011.
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