It’s no joke. On April 1 the Lone Jack Historical Society joins other Civil War historical sites across the nation in offering families, scouts, students--anyone interested in history and community service an opportunity to help honor our veterans by cleaning up the Civil War battlefield, cemetery and museum, and Cave Hotel for our summer visitors.
No foolin’, this year the Civil War Trust celebrates its twenty-first Park Day anniversary. This event brings history buffs, preservationists and volunteers of all ages together to serve their communities at historic sites nationwide.
In Lone Jack, the Lone Jack Historical Society will host a Park Day event at the Civil War Battlefield Museum and Cemetery. To launch the spring tourist season, outside needs include raking leaves and flowerbeds, clearing limbs and brush. Inside needs include sweeping, mopping floors, washing windows and dusting displays in the museum and Cave Hotel.
In 1862 Union soldiers and Confederate recruits battled one another in the center of town. After the battle, those who gave their last full measure were laid to rest beneath Lone Jack’s hallowed battlefield ground. On April 1 volunteers will honor these brave men, as well as all American veterans before and after, by sprucing up this veterans’ memorial. Help us defeat winter’s winds and storms to clean up debris and restore the battlefield, soldiers’ cemetery, museum and Cave Hotel.
The Lone Jack Historical Society manages the daily maintenance and upkeep for this Jackson County Park’s museum and cemetery. It is a rewarding, but time-consuming job. Volunteers are needed.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, at the Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield Museum, ½ mile south of Hwy. 50. Clean up begins at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers receive a t-shirt. Lunch will be provided with advance sign up. Clean up should end about 2:00 p.m.
To volunteer and reserve lunch, please call Alinda at 816.805.1815. Please remember to bring gloves and dress for the weather. Remember to label all tools you bring.