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Tuesday, December 17, 2002

President Bush Signs Battlefield Preservation Bill
On Tuesday, December 17, President George W. Bush signed into law the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Act of 2002. The bill authorizes $50 million for the protection of historic Civil War battlefields outside the National Park Service.

"The enactment of this legislation marks an important turning point in the fight to save Civil War battlefields," remarked Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) President James Lighthizer. "This law will help preserve thousands of hallowed battlegrounds that would have otherwise been lost to sprawl."

The Civil War Battlefield Preservation Act officially authorizes a matching grant program funded by Congress in the fiscal years 1999 and 2002. Since its creation, the program has helped protect nearly 8,000 acres of historic battlefield land in 12 states. In the past year alone, the program has helped save historic property at Prairie Grove, Arkansas; Antietam, Maryland; Chancellorsville, Virginia; and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

CWPT played a key role in getting the legislation enacted. The organization worked closely with Congressmen Gary Miller (R-Calif.) and George Radanovich (R-Calif.); Senators Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and James Jeffords (I-Vt.); and 15 other cosponsors of the bill. CWPT wishes to thank these lawmakers for their dedication to protecting America's Civil War heritage.
for more information: Civil War Preservation Trust

Friday, November 22, 2002

Luzerne National Bank Donates $3000 for the 143rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Monument at Gettysburg
On November 1, William Leandri, President and CEO of Luzerne National Bank, in Luzerne, Pennsylvania donated $3000 to Gettysburg National Military Park for the perpetual care of the 143rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Monument along Chambersburg Pike, on the Gettysburg battlefield. The donation will provide ongoing funds needed for the preservation and maintenance of the monument in future years.

A recent business plan for Gettysburg National Military Park found that the park is operating with an annual funding shortfall of 37-percent. Sufficient funds are not available for the preservation of historic resources and to provide education programs for the public. "Thoughtful donations such as the Luzerne National Bank's often provide the funds needed to accomplish vital preservation projects," said John Latschar, Gettysburg Superintendent.

The donation was made through the park's Adopt-a-Position program. For more information contact the National Park Service at 717/334-5533

Tuesday, November 5, 2002

Annual March for Gettysburg
Sponsored by the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg, a fund-raising walk for battlefield preservation will happen on April 13, 2003. To register, call the Friends at 717-334-0772

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