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Mill Springs Battlefield Hosts Interactive Ranger Programs for Memorial Day Weekend

Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument in Nancy, Kentucky, will commemorate Memorial Day weekend with a series of interactive ranger-led programs on Saturday, May 25. The event is designed to engage visitors of all ages, connecting them to the experiences of Civil War soldiers and the evolution of Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day.

From 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., the park will offer various hands-on programs. These sessions will cover how soldiers enlisted in the Civil War, the uniforms and equipment they used, and will include a Civil War artillery drill with the park’s reproduction cannon. 

According to a news release by the National Park Service, rangers will also present interpretive programs on the history of Decoration Day and a special presentation titled “The Frightful Horrors of Battle: Soldiers Lost at Mill Springs.”

The park’s Visitor Center and museum will have special holiday hours on Monday, May 27, 2024, opening from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. This will coincide with the Mill Springs National Cemetery commemorative ceremony, organized by the Veterans Administration, further honoring the nation’s military sacrifices.

Programming Schedule for Saturday, May 25, 2024:

  • 10:00 A.M.: Dress Like a Soldier – An interactive session for kids and adults to learn about Civil War uniforms and the gear soldiers carried.
  • 10:30 A.M.: Drill Like an Artillerist – A hands-on activity where visitors can learn and participate in artillery drills using the Mill Springs cannon.
  • 11:00 A.M.: The History of Decoration Day – A discussion on how the casualties of the Civil War led to the establishment of what is now known as Memorial Day.
  • 1:00 P.M.: Dress Like a Soldier – A repeat session offering another opportunity to explore Civil War uniforms and equipment.
  • 1:30 P.M.: Drill Like an Artillerist – Another chance to engage in the artillery drill activity.
  • 2:00 P.M.: “The Frightful Horrors of Battle: Soldiers Lost at Mill Springs.” – A special presentation focusing on the stories of soldiers who perished in the Battle of Mill Springs.

For those interested in attending, all activities, including parking, are free and open to the public. Visitors can obtain more information by calling the park at (606) 636-4045 between 10:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. from Wednesday to Sunday. 

Additional details are also available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/misp or on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MillSpringsBattlefieldNPS.

The Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument’s Memorial Day weekend events offer a meaningful way for the community to connect with history and honor the memories of those who served. 

By engaging with these interactive programs, visitors can gain a deeper appreciation for the historical significance of Memorial Day and the enduring legacy of Civil War soldiers.

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IngridSurge
IngridSurge
May 18, 2024 3:12 pm

How cool is this? Mill Springs Battlefield is not just about ranger programs. they’ve got guided tours of the historic battlegrounds too! It’s like stepping back in time to experience the Civil War firsthand. Come explore and soak up the stories of the past – it’s truly captivating!

Sarah Moore
Sarah Moore
May 18, 2024 4:40 pm
Reply to  IngridSurge

Don’t forget to check out the interactive programs on Memorial Day Weekend at Mill Springs Battlefield. It’s a fun way to immerse yourself in history!

Sunshine870
Sunshine870
May 18, 2024 4:13 pm

Let’s explore the captivating history at Mill Springs Battlefield this Memorial Day Weekend with those interactive ranger programs! Get hands-on with soldier experiences, artillery drills, and more. It’s a great way to honor and learn about those who served. What are your thoughts on this unique experience?

Yara Field
Yara Field
May 18, 2024 10:35 pm
Reply to  Sunshine870

That sounds like a fantastic opportunity to delve into history and learn more about the battlefield with interactive ranger programs over Memorial Day weekend. It would be a great way to make history come alive and engage visitors in a fun and educational experience. Let’s step back in time and discover the past together!

HeadlineHivej5w
HeadlineHivej5w
May 18, 2024 5:17 pm

Planning to soak up Civil War history at Mill Springs Battlefield? Dive into interactive exhibits at the Visitor Center. Join the Monday ceremony at the National Cemetery to honor fallen soldiers.

oceanOllie
oceanOllie
May 18, 2024 6:14 pm

Want to journey back in time at Mill Springs Battlefield this Memorial Day? Experience Civil War life firsthand, honor fallen soldiers, and discover the origins of Decoration Day. Let’s pay our respects together!

Brooke Valley
Brooke Valley
May 18, 2024 8:46 pm

Ready to embark on a historical journey at Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument this Memorial Day weekend? Step back in time with interactive ranger-led programs connecting you to the Civil War era. Engage in hands-on activities and special presentations for an unforgettable and educational experience!

VanessaRipple
VanessaRipple
May 19, 2024 8:24 am
Reply to  Brooke Valley

When you delve into the interactive ranger programs at Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument, you’re in for a captivating historical adventure. Step back in time and immerse yourself in the stories and experiences of the Civil War era. Let history come alive!

FoesWaltz487
FoesWaltz487
May 19, 2024 10:02 am
Reply to  VanessaRipple

Ready for a historical journey? Delve into the past with ranger programs! It’s like time travel, but without the awkward encounters with your ancestors!

AprilMist
AprilMist
May 19, 2024 10:52 pm
Reply to  FoesWaltz487

Exploring ranger programs is like wandering through history’s corridors, discovering stories untold. Uncover the past’s secrets and immerse yourself in a journey through time. Remember, the past shapes our present and future!

Kevin Ward
Kevin Ward
May 19, 2024 5:02 am

How cool is it that Mill Springs Battlefield is hosting these awesome programs over Memorial Day weekend? Dressing up as a soldier and learning about Memorial Day origins sounds like a blast!

Riley Wind
Riley Wind
May 19, 2024 5:36 am

The ranger programs at Mill Springs Battlefield sound awesome! Don’t forget to check out the exhibits and join the ceremony. it’s a meaningful experience.

Kenneth Jackson
Kenneth Jackson
May 19, 2024 8:18 am

While you’re at Mill Springs Battlefield for Memorial Day weekend, don’t forget to delve into the rich history by checking out the interactive exhibits at the Visitor Center and museum. And if you feel like showing your respect, why not join the National Cemetery ceremony on Monday, May 27, 2024, after the extended park hours? It’s a meaningful chance to honor and remember those who served in the Civil War.

lucky7jazz_udn
lucky7jazz_udn
May 19, 2024 11:59 am

The info shared seems off track, but let’s chat about the cool stuff happening at Mill Springs Battlefield. It’s awesome that visitors can engage with history through interactive exhibits and even try their hand at using quill pens. Sounds like a unique and immersive experience for families!

Mark Hall
Mark Hall
May 19, 2024 4:04 pm
Reply to  lucky7jazz_udn

Interactive exhibits are incredible. If you’re around, give them a go. Remember the time we got lost in a maze of historical artifacts?

Quakezephyr7v
Quakezephyr7v
May 20, 2024 6:04 am

Wanna journey back in time at Mill Springs Battlefield? Dive into Civil War history with ranger-led programs this Memorial Day weekend. Explore uniforms, drills, and stories behind this historic site!

KeithValiant
KeithValiant
May 20, 2024 8:56 am

Thinking about how to spend Memorial Day weekend? The ranger programs at the Mill Springs Battlefield are a perfect pick! Dive into Civil War history with hands-on activities and sessions. It’s a great way to honor soldiers’ sacrifices and learn about Decoration Day. Sounds like a meaningful experience!

GarrettHalo
GarrettHalo
May 20, 2024 10:36 am

I’m really excited about the activities at Mill Springs Battlefield! They’re not just offering ranger programs. you can enjoy a leisurely stroll or a picnic in the beautiful park. It’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich history of the area with all those historical markers and exhibits scattered around.

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