- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 25, 2001

Today:Aug. 25, 2001 marks the National Park Service's 85th anniversary and in celebration, entrance fees at national park sites across the country will be waivered. Locally, Petersburg National Battlefield will be hosting a number of ranger-guided programs today. Tours of the Crater and Fort Stedman will be held. There will also be programs at Grant's headquarters in Hopewell and lectures by rangers at Five Forks in Dinwiddie County. For starting times and other information, call 804/732-3531 Sept. 8-9:Civil War Medicine Weekend will be held at Endview Plantation in Newport News, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Activiies include living history demonstration of medical practices and equipment. Call 757-887-1862. Sept. 9: Lee Hall Mansion is the site for Meet Captains Bryan and Brent Living History Program. There will be living history protrayals of military aides discussing their duties as well as guided tours of the mansion. Program is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call 757-888-3371. Walking tours:Weekend tours of Ball's Bluff Regional Park Saturdays and Sundays now though the last Sunday in October. Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For directions to the park, call 703/779-9372

Sept. 13:"Mapping of Gettysburg Campaign: North and South." Map historian and cartographer Earl B. McElfresh will explain the effects of maps on the planning, maneuvering and fighting of the battle. Program begins at 8 p.m. in the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. Call 202/357-3030. Endangered battlefields:The Washington-based Civil War Preservation Trust is accepting nominations for its "America's Most Endangered Battlefields" report. The 2002 report is scheduled to be released in February at the National Press Club. To nominate a battlefield, individuals and groups are asked to fill out the nomination form available online at (www.civilwar.org/topten/nominationform.pdf). Application should include photographs of the site and detailed description of its condition. Nominations must be postmarked no later than Oct. 31, 2001.

Sept. 8:Presentation of camp life by members of Kemper's Brigade. The program will cover many aspects of the daily life of Confederate soldiers, including their nutrition, common diseases, the duties of a brigade surgeon and the history of the 7th Virginia, Company A. Program is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St. in downtown Frederick. Call 301/695-1864. Walking tours:Civil War walking tours in Baltimore will be held on Sundays throughout the month of September, beginning at 1 p.m. Led by Friends of President Street Station, the tours follow the route of the Pratt Street riots, the first bloodshed of the war. The route is from the Baltimore Civil War Museum, 601 President St., to Camden Station. Cost is $5 and includes admission to the museum. Call 410/385-5188.

Information excerpted in part from "The Civil War News," Tunbridge, Vt. 05077, by permission. Information for the calendar may be sent to The Washington Times by fax to 202/269-1853.

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