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E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A Manassas National Battlefield Park Superintendent Ed W Clark National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior.

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1 E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A Manassas National Battlefield Park Superintendent Ed W Clark National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas (July 21, 2011)

2 Battle of First Manassas Loss Loss Union Union 460 killed 460 killed 1124 wounded 1124 wounded 1312 missing 1312 missing Confederate Confederate 387 killed 387 killed 1582 wounded 1582 wounded 13 missing 13 missing E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A

3 Battle of First Manassas First major land battle of American Civil War First major land battle of American Civil War “End of Innocence” “End of Innocence” Future major figures Future major figures Thomas J Jackson Thomas J Jackson William T Sherman William T Sherman J.E.B. Stuart J.E.B. Stuart Jubal A Early Jubal A Early James Longstreet James Longstreet President Jefferson Davis President Jefferson Davis E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A

4 Battle of First Manassas What the First Battle of Manassas has come to represent after the Civil War and toady What the First Battle of Manassas has come to represent after the Civil War and toady Remembrance of sacrifice Remembrance of sacrifice Connection to America’s past Connection to America’s past Reconciliation Reconciliation E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A

5 Past Commemoration at Manassas Henry Hill Monument Henry Hill Monument June 11, 1865 June 11, 1865 Returning Union and Confederate Returning Union and Confederate “Commemorate the patriots who fell…” “Commemorate the patriots who fell…”

6 E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A Past Commemoration at Manassas Manassas Peace Jubilee - July 11, 1911 Manassas Peace Jubilee - July 11, 1911 George Carr Round George Carr Round 500 Civil War Veterans 500 Civil War Veterans 10,000 attendees 10,000 attendees

7 E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A Past Commemoration at Manassas Manassas Peace Jubilee - July 11, 1911 Manassas Peace Jubilee - July 11, 1911 Virginia Governor William Hodges Mann Virginia Governor William Hodges Mann President Taft President Taft Accompanied by numerous Members of Congress Accompanied by numerous Members of Congress

8 E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A Past Commemoration at Manassas Manassas Peace Jubilee - July 11, 1911 Manassas Peace Jubilee - July 11, 1911 “Hatred, resentments, misunderstandings and injustices“ were "buried, forgotten and forever settled.“ “Hatred, resentments, misunderstandings and injustices“ were "buried, forgotten and forever settled.“ Followed by Gettysburg Reunion two years later. Followed by Gettysburg Reunion two years later.

9 E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A Past Commemoration at Manassas Centennial Event Centennial Event Planning issues Planning issues Public perception Public perception NPS concerns NPS concerns

10 E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A Current NPS Planning National NPS committee National NPS committee Signature events Signature events Number and locations Number and locations Interpretation & Education Interpretation & Education New exhibits New exhibits Outreach to local schools Outreach to local schools Internet and web development Internet and web development Tourism/Marketing Tourism/Marketing Legacy Legacy Projects to make lasting improvements to Civil War parks Projects to make lasting improvements to Civil War parks

11 Sesquicentennial Planning Coordination with Prince William County Committee Coordination with Prince William County Committee Supporting week long events throughout county Supporting week long events throughout county Promoting other events to fully realize visitor experience and impact to Manassas area Promoting other events to fully realize visitor experience and impact to Manassas area Events at Manassas National Battlefield Park Events at Manassas National Battlefield Park Pre-event music programs Pre-event music programs Period music Period music Special dramatic musical events on battlefield Special dramatic musical events on battlefield Speakers Speakers E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A

12 Sesquicentennial Planning Prince William County School Prince William County School May 2011 May 2011 Every Prince William County 6 th student (5000!) Every Prince William County 6 th student (5000!) Special programs at battlefield Special programs at battlefield Journey Through Hallowed Ground Journey Through Hallowed Ground Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A Journey Through Hallowed Ground photos

13 Sesquicentennial Planning Anniversary event – July 21, 2011 Anniversary event – July 21, 2011 Centennial of Peace Jubilee – Message for Today Centennial of Peace Jubilee – Message for Today Sesquicentennial of Battle of First Manassas Sesquicentennial of Battle of First Manassas Morning events – Dignitaries and speakers Morning events – Dignitaries and speakers Elected officials Elected officials Historian Historian Special honored speaker Special honored speaker Meeting of Civil War Veterans Meeting of Civil War Veterans Enable reenactor participation Enable reenactor participation Union from Matthews Hill Union from Matthews Hill Confederate from Henry Hill woods Confederate from Henry Hill woods E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A

14 Sesquicentennial Planning Anniversary event – July 21, 2011 Anniversary event – July 21, 2011 Other events for anniversary date Other events for anniversary date Post Henry Hill event programs throughout park Post Henry Hill event programs throughout park Appropriate demonstrations on Henry Hill Appropriate demonstrations on Henry Hill Afternoon event at Historic Prince William County Courthouse Afternoon event at Historic Prince William County Courthouse E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A

15 Sesquicentennial Planning Finalizing the plan Finalizing the plan Commit NPS resources Commit NPS resources Participation of Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission Participation of Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission Secure appropriate speakers Secure appropriate speakers Assistance from state agencies Assistance from state agencies Plan a range of appropriate programs for a wide range of participants Plan a range of appropriate programs for a wide range of participants E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A

16 Questions?

17 Manassas National Battlefield Park National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior

18 E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A "Please preserve the open space and views. They are precious and add to the majesty of the site.“ ~ Comment from Visitor Survey, 2007

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