The Civil War Trust and the History Channel are teaming up to clean up over 100 Civil War sites in 22 states, including the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site.  Click to hear KMZU’s Chris Perkins talk with Spokesperson John Maki:

John Maki

Press Release from the Civil War Trust

Lexington, MO — Almost exactly 150 year 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.

On Saturday, April 2, 2011, 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 15th 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 22 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.

WHAT:     “Park Day” historic preservation event

WHEN:     April 2, 2011, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE:  Battle of Lexington State Historic Site; 1101 Delaware Street, Lexington, MO

With 55,000 members, 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.