Category Archives: Preservation

Saving History Saturday: What the Notre Dame Fire Can Teach Us About Historic Preservation and Natural Disasters

On April 15, 2019, the worst happened. For fifteen hours that day, the 900-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned. On top of losing her roof and spire, the cathedral had suffered catastrophic damage to her interior, causing the loss … Continue reading

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“A comment about the importance, indeed the righteousness, of our cause.”

Editor’s Note: At its annual dinner on Saturday, April 6, the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust presented its Ralph Happel Award for lifetime achievement to Dr. Mike Stevens, a former president of the organization (and early ECW contributor!) renowned throughout the … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Historic West Virginia Family Cemetery To Be Restored

Nestled near the historic communities of Leetown and Kearneysville, West Virginia, sits an old family cemetery. If you are familiar with some of the counties in the Eastern Panhandle, such as Jefferson and Berkeley, you know the area is scattered … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: American Battlefield Trust Offers New ECW Shiloh Book for Supporters

In honor of the Battle of Shiloh’s 157th anniversary this weekend, the American Battlefield Trust announced its latest campaign to save 73 acres of hallowed ground at two significant 1862 battles: Shiloh and South Mountain. To save these two critical battlefields, … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Join Your Local Historic Site Next Weekend for Park Day

Ever wanted to clear brush at Gettysburg? What about helping maintain trails and remove trash at Fort Davidson? Or even help to landscape at the Picketts Mill Battlefield? Now is your chance to pick up a shovel, lace up your … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Fort Clinch

In the northeast corner of the state, on the northern tip of Amelia Island, Florida, sits one of the best preserved 19th-century brick and mortar fortifications. Fort Clinch. The fort was part of the third system program, part of the … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation To Renovate Visitor Center

Few National Park Service nonprofit partners have been as successful in the preservation and maintenance of their park as the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation. Founded in 1950, the Foundation essentially saved the initial 37 acres of hallowed ground to … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Tennessee and Virginia Battlefields Receive Major Preservation Grants

Over the past few weeks, seven battlefields in Tennessee and Virginia received major preservation grants through national, state, and private funding programs. Between the two states, nearly $3 million is being dedicated to preserve and protect threatened land. This is … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: How One Group of Passionate Preservationists Saved a New York Civil War Memorial

In 1914, over two hundred Union veterans gathered in Little Valley, New York for not only their annual reunion, but to dedicate their community’s newest Civil War memorial. A two-story octagonal structure made of brick, wood, and plaster, the beautiful … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: American Battlefield Trust Saves Seminary Ridge

Ever since the American Battlefield Trust was rebranded in May of 2018, it has been tackling a major preservation effort on Gettysburg’s famous Seminary Ridge. Though just 18 acres, this property sits on ground that witnessed some of the fiercest … Continue reading

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