The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 4, 2013

Baxter Springs’ fort, other Civil War sites seeking volunteers for annual Park Day

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Nearly 150 years after the final shots of the Civil War were fired, a new wave of fresh troops will descend on many of America's battlefields on Saturday, but they will wield paintbrushes, trash bags and hammers in the line of duty.

Three sites in the Four-State Area are among those included in the Civil War Trust’s annual Park Day event. Park Day is the nationwide volunteer effort endorsed by Take Pride in America, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

FORT BLAIR

The Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum is recruiting volunteers to help with track pickup and leaf raking at the site of historic Fort Blair.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 9 a.m. at the museum’s parking lot, 740 East St., in Baxter Springs on Saturday. They are encouraged to bring their own tools. Light snacks and drinks will be provided by the Baxter Springs Historical Society.

Details: Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum at 620-856-2385 or send an e-mail to heritagectr@embargue.com

Prairie Grove  

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park near Prairie Grove, Ark., also is recruiting volunteers for Park Day. They are to meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Hindman Hall Visitor Center for sign-in and project lists and then move to work areas.

Volunteers will help clean up the battlefield and grounds by picking up litter along park tour roads and trails, raking leaves, repairing and replacing split rail fences, cleaning historic buildings, and maintaining the park’s historic vegetable and herb gardens.

Some tools will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring gloves and tools if available.

Coffee, water and some snacks will be provided.

Everyone is invited, but work groups should call 479-846-2990 or send an email to holly.houser@arkansas.gov or prairiegrove@arkansas.com.

More information about the battlefield can be found at ww.arkansasstateparks.com/prairiegrovebattlefield.

Wilson's Creek

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield near Republic will need volunteers on Saturday for trail maintenance, grounds/landscaping maintenance, stream and roadside cleanup.

Volunteers should meet at 8:30 a.m. at the battlefield Visitors Center, which is located at 6424 West Farm Road 182 near Republic.

They also are asked to bring tools, hats, sturdy work shoes, outdoor work clothing and gloves.

Water, soda and sport drinks will be provided.

Details: John Sutton, 417-732-2662, or email john_sutton@nps.gov.

Park Day

Now in its 17th year, the annual hands-on preservation event known as Park Day comprises more than 100 sites in 24 states. Volunteers will participate in activities ranging from trash removal to trail building, while learning more about each site from local experts.

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