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GREENSBORO, NC – Today, Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and Guilford Battleground Company announced they were the joint recipients of a 2015 National Park Service Centennial Challenge Grant. These Centennial Challenge Grants are part of a multi-year effort to prepare for the National Park Service Centennial in 2016. The NPS Centennial Grant Program includes $26 million for restoration projects at national parks around the country, including $16 million from non-governmental partners. In the National Park Service’s Southeast Region, this grant program will fund 25 separate projects totaling over $3 million dollars. The Guilford Courthouse project will involve updating the museum exhibits at the Colonial Heritage Center to make them interactive and more relevant to park visitors.

The Colonial Heritage Center

The Colonial Heritage Center

“The Centennial Challenge Program is a great way to leverage federal dollars,” said Guilford Courthouse NMP Superintendent Doyle Sapp. “We believe once completed the improved exhibits will result in an increased understanding of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse and the people who lived, fought, and died here. We want to thank the Guilford Battleground Company for their support. Without our friends and partners, this project would not have gone forward.”
“We are very pleased to have this opportunity to revitalize the Colonial Heritage Center,” said Ed Deaton, President of the Guilford Battleground Company. Deaton also wanted to thank the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation which generously provided a grant in the amount of $200,000 to the Guilford Battleground Company which is being used for this project. The Foundation has been a longtime supporter of the Colonial Heritage Center and its mission of teaching how people lived in the 1780’s here in Piedmont North Carolina and their connection to the Battle. The upgrades will take advantage of new audio visual techniques to make the story more appealing to today’s youth.
The Guilford Battleground Company is the official friends’ group and fundraising partner of Guilford Courthouse NMP. Its primary mission is to promote and preserve the National Military Park as well as take every opportunity to teach the public about its significance. This upgrade of the Center will add to the public’s knowledge and understanding of what took place here on March 15, 1781.
In order to qualify for a Centennial Challenge Grant, projects needed to demonstrate that they provided for authorized activities that benefited one or more National Park System areas, contributed towards at least one of the Director’s Call to Action goals, required little or no additional recurring NPS operating or maintenance funds to be sustainable, did not include the construction of new facilities; and have partner(s) who were ready, willing, and able to contribute at least 50% of the project. Once submitted, projects that were highly evaluated included more than a 1:1 match, impacted multiple parks, included a contribution to Centennial goals, particularly youth engagement, and addressed high priority deferred maintenance needs.
The Centennial Challenge Grants are part of a multiyear effort to prepare for the 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service including the Find Your Park Campaign which connects a broader audience to public lands, and President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative that will give every fourth grader and their families free access to national parks and all federal lands and waters for a full year, beginning this Fall.

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Weather should be much improved for Sunday the 15th !

The 234th Anniversary Observance of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse fought on March 15, 1781 will be celebrated Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, 2015. Activities and demonstrations will take place at the Guilford Battleground National Military Park and the Colonial Heritage Center.SONY DSC
Reenactments will be presented at Country Park each of the two days with several hundred reenactors participating.
Use this link for the schedule of week-end events.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about our nation’s struggle for independence, the significance of this particular battle and about colonial life in the 1700s. Come early and enjoy a full day of educational and enjoyable events.
Parking is available at the Colonial Heritage Center and in the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. The closest parking for the reenactments in Country Park is off of the entrance to Country Park from Pisgah Church Rd. At the north end of this entrance (Jaycee Park), vans will be available to transport those needing mobility assistance to the reenactment site.                                                                                                                                                               Use this link for a map of the area.

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Community involvement and various volunteers are needed to aid historic National Parks in living history programs, events, manning the desk, and other tasks. As part of our community, and more importantly our history, National Parks such as the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park should be tended to, to keep our history alive and well for future generations. As a common good (i.e. can be enjoyed and utilized by the people in the community), Guilford is the responsibility of everyone in the community, especially of those who use the Park for recreation, education, and its other purposes. The Park must be able to serve as more than a recreational site for visitors, it must be able to convey the history of the place, of our War of Independence, and of the time period it depicts. Volunteers from the community are needed alongside the employees of the Park to bring this history alive through programs, living history trades, and many other efforts for the rest of the community.Blacksmithy Clean up Volunteers
That is exactly what a student from Salem College is hoping to head up at GCHNMP Hoskins Farm area for her organizing/advocacy service-learning project. Focusing on the blacksmith shop located there, she hopes to revitalize the shop with some simple fixes. The first task will be cleaning out leaves, debris, trash, dirt, critter nests, and some preliminary organization. The next steps involve assessing items, in terms of use and for the correct time period, to see what needs to be replaced and what needs to be removed. Organization of tools, metals, coal, and other items will happen as well. If modern-day items and tools are needed in the forge, they will be properly concealed from the public viewing, to offer the complete 18th century atmosphere. Other larger items in the shop will be updated to a better working state. Willing volunteers (ranging in preteens, teens, and adults) who are interested in the blacksmith trade are being rallied to help and also be informed of the importance of their involvement in their local National Park. These will be the tasks to finish out the semester. The hope is that the blacksmith shop will be ready to be used for volunteers to learn the trade of 18th century blacksmithing, but also as a future trade program for visitors at Guilford.

April 26th is the last day during the semester this project is being undertaken.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact:  kaleigh.workman@salem.edu

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The 233rd Anniversary Observance  of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse fought on March 15, 1781 will be celebrated Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16. Click here for the full schedule of events and locations fot the two days of celebration..

This is a great opportunity to learn more about our nation’s struggle for independence, the significance of this particular battle  and about colonial life in the 1700s. Come early and enjoy a full day of  educational and enjoyable events.

Parking is available at the Colonial Heritage Center and in the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. The closest parking for the reenactments in Country Park is off of the entrance to Country Park from Pisgah Church Rd. At the north end of this entrance (Jaycee Park), vans will be available to transport those needing mobility assistance  to the reenactment site. Click here for a map of the parks and parking areas.

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A new website has been established for the annual Battle of Guilford Courthouse reenactment. Information for registration, and the regulations for all  participants are located on this page.  http://www.battleofguilfordcourthouse.org

The schedule of events for the weekend is located on the link below. We appreciate your participation.

Schedule of Events & Activities

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Signers Monument

A full day of special activities and events is scheduled at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park for Wednesday July 4th to celebrate America’s independence. From 10 am to 4pm activities will take place in the park. The official commemoration ceremony will be held at the Signers Monument at 1:00pm.

Musket Salute

So come on out , bring friends and family and treat yourself to an entertaining day.  As you  honor those who fought for our independence, you will enhance your understanding   of our  country’s birth and early history.

Signing the Declaration of Independence with a quill pen

Click on this link for the full day’s schedule.

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Reenactment CrowdGreat crowds attended the events of the 231st Anniversary Observation of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. American TroopsMilitary and Civilian Life, Home and Farm Life, Small Arms Demonstrations, An Observance Program, Period Music and Dance, Guided Battlefield Walks, and the Reenactments were available for the thousands who came out to enjoy the activities. We appreciate the attendance and thank the over five hundred reenactors, camp followers craftsmen, musicians , and dancers who participated.British Troops

This link is to photos from the weekend.

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