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Preservation Kentucky and its partners present Battlefields & Beyond: Civil War Sites in the 21st Century, August 15th-17th 2013, in historic Danville, Kentucky.  This is the first Civil War sites preservation conference in Kentucky since 1993 and will be a regional educational forum for administrators, staff, docents and board members of Civil War battlefields, historic sites and museums to learn best practices for preservation and interpretation.

The first day features three workshops. James DeWolf Perry, Executive Director of The Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery, will explore the role of African Americans in the Civil War and examine opportunities for giving voice to those whose contributions and stories have been too long underrepresented. Maria Campbell Brent, Certified Interpretive Planner, will conduct a workshop on developing interpretation that engages visitors and helps sites achieve their mission. Brian Mabelitini, a historic archaeologist, will present “Archaeology 101” and will discuss ways to use archaeology to build a core constituency and as a tool for interpretation and tourism.

Day two features presentations that will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with the perpetual preservation of Civil War sites. Presenters drawn from the public and private sectors include Fred Prouty, Director of the Tennessee Wars Commission, who will open the conference with his unique perspective on Civil War interpretation and preservation. Tanya Gossett of the National Park Service will close the proceedings with a state of the battlefields report.  Representatives from American Battlefield Protection Program, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Berea College, Camp Nelson Heritage Park, Civil War Helena (Arkansas), Museum of the Confederacy, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, Tennessee National Heritage Area, The Civil War Trust, The Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery, and others will present thought provoking and innovative information in a forum that invites participation.

Battlefields and Beyond will feature sessions and events held in Civil War-era buildings, tours of Civil War-era downtown Danville, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, and Camp Nelson Heritage Park, a U.S. army quartermaster depot and USCT recruiting and training depot.

 

Join us this summer and enjoy Bluegrass hospitality, good food, music, and an educational experience second to none!


 

$125 Registration includes full access to all conference sessions, workshops and events during this 3 day event.

$175 Registration after August 2, 2013

For registration issues or group registrations please contact Preservation Kentucky at 502-871-4570

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Battlefield & Beyond Civil War Sites in the 21st Century

Full Conference Itinerary  (Click Here)

 

Workshops:

Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery: James DeWolf Perry

In this workshop, participants will explore best practices in the interpretation of slavery and race at historic sites and museums. The goal is to equip participants to better engage in comprehensive and conscientious interpretation in this important but challenging arena. We will discuss the goals and challenges of interpreting difficult history, especially slavery, for the public, and the broad context of slavery and race in the history of the United States, North and South, with particular attention to the role of slavery in the Civil War. Other topics to be covered include the importance of institutional investment and community involvement in the interpretation of slavery and race at museums and historic sites, addressing visitor expectations, and navigating the racial sensitivities and racial identities of both staff and visitors.

The workshop will be led by James DeWolf Perry, the executive director of the Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery, and will include exercises in which participants explore solutions to practical scenarios in the interpretation of slavery, based on the ideas and techniques developed during the workshop.

 

Civil War Sites Intrepretation: Maria Campbell Brent, Mudpuppy Waterdog Inc.

In this workshop, participants will explore best practices for accurate and documented interpretation and preservation of civil war sites and other cultural resources.  Participants will learn skills for creating interpretation that engages visitors and helps you achieve your mission and vision.

The workshop will be led by Maria Campbell Brent, a Certified Interpretive Planne.  She has developed interpretive plans, waysides, exhibit designs, brochures, booklets and other printed materials for numerous historic sites. Maria credits her background in cultural anthropology for her commitment to representing diverse voices in the interpretation of historic sites.

 

Civil War Sites Archaeology Workshop: Brian Mabelitini, Gray & Pape Inc.

In this workshop, participants will explore "Archaeology 101” and discuss ways to use archaeology to build a core constituency and how to use it as a tool for interpretation and tourism. 

This workshop will be led by Brian Mabelitini, a Registered Professional Archaeologist. Brian is versed in conducting field work, laboratory analysis, and technical report writing with a specialization in the Antebellum Period and the American Civil War. He has experience in military fortification and battlefield archaeology at sites ranging from the Revolutionary War-period through the American Civil War. He has also developed educational and public interpretation exhibits to enhance awareness of historical and archaeological resources.


 

Conference Presenters:

Maria Campbell Brent, Mudpuppy Waterdog 

Joseph E. Brent, Mudpuppy & Waterdog

Dr. Jacqueline Burnside, Berea College

Mark Christ, Arkansas SHPO Office

Cathy Cunningham, Civil War Helena Stories

James DeWolf Perry, the Tracing Center for Histories & Legacies of Slavery

Tanya Gossett, National Park Service, Washington

Linda Lipscomb, Museum of the Confederacy

Dr. Bobby Lovett, Tennessee State University

Brian Mabelitini, Gray & Pape Inc.

Dr. Steve McBride, Camp Nelson Heritage Park

Diane Miller, NPS, Underground Railroad, Network to Freedom

Bill Neikirk, Mill Springs Battlefield Association

Maryann Peckham, Tennessee Battlefield Preservation Association

Fred Prouty, Tennessee Wars Commission

Jeff Stockdale, the Civil War Trust

Antoinette G. van Zelm, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area     


 

Tours:

Perryville Battlefield:  The Battle of Perryville, also known as the Battle of Chaplin Hills, was fought on October 8, 1862, in the Chaplin Hills west of Perryville, Kentucky.  The Battle of Perryville was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War and the largest battle fought in the state of Kentucky.

Camp Nelson: Established in 1863 as a US army quartermaster depot for the Union army during the Civil War, Camp Nelson became a USCT recruiting and training ground for new soldiers from eastern Tennessee and escaped slaves, many of whom trained to be soldiers and eventually served as a refugee camp. 

Civil War Era Danville:  Danville has been called the “Birthplace of the Bluegrass” since the signing of Kentucky's first Constitution in 1792.  Home of the first Courthouse in Kentucky (1785), the first U.S. Post Office west of the 13 original colonies (1792), the first Capital of Kentucky (1785), and the first Political Club in the West (1786).  Tour downtown and step back in time to experience this storied town and learn of its pivotal role during the Civil War.


 

Lodging:

Hampton Inn

Reservations Dial: 1-866-236-6200

www.danvilleky.hamptoninn.com

*rates begining at $89/night, single occupancy

Rates honored for reservations made before August 1st, 2013.

Reference Group Code: PKI

 

Best Western

Reservations Dial: 1-866-485-0229

www.bestwesternkentucky.com

*rates begining at $70/night, single occupancy

Rates honored for reservations made before August 1st, 2013.

Reference: Kentucky Civil War Conference

 

Comfort Suites

Reservations Dial: 859-936-9300

www.comfortsuites.com

*rates begining at $81/night, single occupancy

Rates honored for reservations made before August 1st, 2013.

Reference: Kentucky Civil War Conference

 

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (c1805)

Reservations Dial: 800-734-5611 ex 1548

www.shakervillageky.org

*rates begining at $70/night, single occupancy

Rates honored for reservations made before August 1st, 2013.

Reference: Kentucky Civil War Conference

 

The Beaumont Inn (c1845)

Reservations Dial: 1-800-352-3992

www.beaumontinn.com

*rates begining at $95/night, single occupancy & includes a full Southern breakfast

Rates honored for reservations made before August 1st, 2013.

Reference: Kentucky Civil War Conference


 

For registration issues or group registrations please contact Preservation Kentucky at 502-871-4570

PLEASE NOTE YOU CAN PAY WITH A CREDIT CARD WITHOUT USING PAYPAL BY CLICKING ON (IRONICALLY)--PAY WITH PAYPAL ON THE REGISTRATION SCREEN AND THEN CLICK ON PAY WITH CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD.  NO PAYPAL ACCOUNT IS NECESSARY!

Full Conference Itinerary  (Click Here)



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