As part of Park Day 2012, individual and group volunteers are needed on Saturday, March 31, 2012, to help beautify and preserve Fort Fisher State Historic Site, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy, which once protected the port of Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River.
Park Day, now in its 16th year, is an annual hands-on preservation event created by the Civil War Trust to assist with the maintenance of America’s Civil War sites. The event is funded with a grant from HistoryTM, formerly The History Channel, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a “Take Pride in America” event. Volunteers aged 10 and up, of all ability levels, are encouraged to participate. Many activities are appropriate for groups such as scout troops, service clubs, and church youth groups. Volunteers will be treated to lunch provided by the Friends of Fort Fisher, the non-profit group which helps support the site along with 2012 sustaining members Mike McCarley, Brian Nunnally, and James M. Taylor. All volunteers are asked to register in advance by calling (910) 458-5538 or emailing jessica.sutton@ ncdcr.gov by March 27, 2012. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd. S, Kure Beach, NC, 28449. The site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, which annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.
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