Volunteers needed to clean up historical Smith-McDowell House

From the press release:

More than 150 years 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,weed whackers, dust cloths and vacuum cleaners.

On Saturday, March 31, 2012, 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™ and has been endorsed by Take Pride in America, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Park Day, now in its 16th 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 25 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.

Smith-McDowellHouseMuseum will participate in Park Day 2012. Volunteers are needed to do yard maintenance as well as dusting, cleaning and vacuuming in the historic home. For more information about Park Day at Smith-McDowellHouseMuseum, please contact Elaine Blake by phone at 828-253-9231 or by email at wnchavolunteers@gmail.com.

WHAT: “Park Day” historic preservation event at Smith-McDowellHouseMuseum
WHEN: March 31, 2012, beginning at 10:00 am
WHERE: Smith-McDowellHouseMuseum, 283 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC28801

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. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 32,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Please visit the Trust’s website at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.

The Western North Carolina Historical Association is located at the SmithMcDowellHouseMuseum at 283 Victoria Rd. on the AB Tech Campus. The museum is open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.Tour admission is $10 for adults, with reduced pricing for students, children and group tours. Call the Museum at (828) 253-9231 and visit our website at www.wnchistory.org for more information


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