Volunteers needed to clean up state’s battlefields and sites

Volunteers throughout Missouri are teaming up with the American Battlefield Trust to aid in the maintenance and restoration of six Show-Me State battlefields and historic sites as part of Park Day, an annual nationwide, hands-on preservation event. Since its inception in 1996, Park Day has attracted volunteers of all ages and abilities bound by their dedication to serving their communities.

Park Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019, when Missouri volunteers will be joined by thousands of fellow participants across the country in cleaning up and revitalizing 160 historic sites in 32 states. Activities are chiefly outdoor projects that range from raking leaves and collecting trash to painting and gardening. Volunteers will receive T-shirts, and some sites will provide lunch or refreshments. A local historian may also be on hand to talk about the unique role of the site in our national story. Starting times, and occasionally event dates, may vary at each site. Missouri volunteers interested in participating in Park Day are encouraged to contact the individual sites listed below.


Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site, Pilot Knob, 10 a.m.

Contact: Brick Autry at brick.autry@dnr.mo.gov

Volunteers will help with trail maintenance, trash removal and scouting the grounds for small items of trash. Park members will present a 20-minute program on the Battle of Pilot Knob for volunteers. A refreshment will be provided. (Note: This Park Day site is holding its event on Saturday, April 27, 2019)


Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, Lexington, 9 a.m.

Contact: Chris Fritsche at Christopher.fritsche@dnr.mo.gov

Volunteers will help with clearing brush and trash removal. There will be a tour of the Anderson House available to volunteers, and water and snacks will be provided. 

John S. Williams Historic Home & Property, Hermitage, 9 a.m.

Contact: Roger Boyd at rboyd590@gmail.com

Volunteers will help with building or repairing fences, landscaping, painting, planting, trash removal and tidying indoors. Tours of the museum and property will be available as well as a short program on J.S. Williams history of county, Missouri legislature service and Civil War service. A meal will be provided for volunteers. (Note: This Park Day site is holding its event on Saturday, April 27, 2019)

Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield, Lone Jack, 8 a.m.

Contact: Alinda Miller at President@historiclonejack.org

Volunteers will help with raking leaves, picking up sticks and cleaning the Soldier’s Cemetery. A meal will be provided.

Missouri Civil War Museum, St. Louis, 9:00 a.m.

Contact: Mark Trout at mtrout@mcwm.org

Volunteers will help with landscaping, planting and other low-impact activities. Museum staff will discuss the history of Jefferson Barracks and the historic museum buildings. Water and snacks will be provided.

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Republic, 8:30 a.m.

Contact: Billie Aschwege at billie_aschwege@nps.gov

Volunteers will help with building or repairing fences, painting, trail maintenance and trash removal. Young children will have the opportunity to pick up sticks and trash around the visitor center and picnic area. The Historic Ray House will be open for tours, and water and snacks will be provided for volunteers.

For a complete list of participating Park Day sites and more information, visit www.battlefields.org/parkday. Volunteers can share their Park Day participation online using #ParkDay2019.