Celebrating their Civil War's 150th anniversary, the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park has been named as the recipient of one of 34 national parks across the United States to be awards a 2013 America's Best Idea grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks.
Inspired by the Ken Burns' documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," the America's Best Idea program funds park activities designed to connect diverse, underserved and under-engaged populations throughout the United States with their national parks in innovative and meaningful ways.
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park's America's Best Idea grant, titled "Diversifying History: Bringing a New Connections to an Old Park," will allow the park to provide local Title I schools much-needed funds to assist with transportation to the park.
The Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will assist in ensuring schools will receive these funds, and allow schools to bring their students to Chickamauga to participate in these special programs.
Without the Friends' assistance, the park would not have the ability to reach so many schools.
Students will participate in education programs and learn of the causes of the Civil War, including focuses on abolition and emancipation related to soldiers who fought in the Civil War and the Battle of Chickamauga.
Some schools will be asked to join in creating quilt squares to create a contemporary "freedom quilt" that will be displayed at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.