Volunteers are being sought to aid in the maintenance and restoration of six Show-Me State battlefields and historic sites as part of Park Day, an annual nationwide, hands-on preservation event happening April 6.
Since its inception in 1996, Park Day has attracted volunteers of all ages and abilities bound by their dedication to serving their communities. Missouri volunteers will be joined by thousands of fellow participants across the country in cleaning up and revitalizing 160 historic sites in 32 states.
Activities are chiefly outdoor projects that range from raking leaves and collecting trash to painting and gardening. Volunteers will receive T-shirts, and some sites will provide lunch or refreshments. A local historian may also be on hand to talk about the unique role of the site in American history.
Starting times, and occasionally event dates, may vary at each site. Missouri volunteers interested in participating in Park Day are encouraged to contact the individual sites listed below:
— Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, 9 a.m. April 6 at Lexington, Missouri. Volunteers will help with clearing brush and trash removal. There will be a tour of the Anderson House available to volunteers, and water and snacks will be provided. Contact Chris Fritsche at Christopher.email@example.com to volunteer or for more details.
— Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site, 10 a.m., April 27 in Pilot Knob, Missouri. Volunteers will help with trail maintenance, trash removal and scouting the grounds for small items of trash. Park members will present a 20-minute program on the Battle of Pilot Knob for volunteers.
Refreshments will be provided. Contact Brick Autry at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
— The John S. Williams Historic Home and Property, 9 a.m. April 27 at Hermitage, Missouri. Volunteers will help with building or repairing fences, landscaping, painting, planting, trash removal and tidying indoors. Tours of the museum and property will be available as well as a short program on J.S. Williams history of county, Missouri legislature service and Civil War service. A meal will be provided for volunteers. Contact Roger Boyd at email@example.com for details.
— Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield, 8 a.m. April 6 in Lone Jack, Missouri. Volunteers will help with raking leaves, picking up sticks and cleaning the Soldier’s Cemetery. A meal will be provided. Contact Alinda Miller at President@historiclonejack.org.
— Missouri Civil War Museum, 9 a.m. April 6 in St. Louis. Volunteers will help with landscaping, planting and other low-impact activities. Museum staff will discuss the history of Jefferson Barracks and the historic museum buildings. Water and snacks will be provided. Contact Mark Trout at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to volunteer.
— Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, 8:30 a.m. April 6 in Republic, Missouri. Volunteers will help with building or repairing fences, painting, trail maintenance and trash removal. Young children will have the opportunity to pick up sticks and trash around the visitor center and picnic area. The Historic Ray House will be open for tours, and water and snacks will be provided for volunteers. Contact Billie Aschwege at email@example.com.
For a complete list of participating Park Day sites and more information, visit www.battlefields.org/parkday.