BAXTER SPRINGS - Baxter Springs has such a rich, and vibrant history. On April 14, history buffs, community leaders, and preservationists alike will come together to honor the city's heritage in a truly unique way. Volunteers will unite this Saturday and aid in the maintenance and restoration of numerous sites as part of Park Day, the Civil War Trust’s annual hands-on preservation event. Local residents will be joining thousands of volunteers across the country as Park Day celebrates its largest year ever, with over 155 historic sites in 32 states participating.

"Each year the Civil War Trust sponsors Park Day, this event is to encourage volunteers to help maintain historic military sites across the nation," said Mary Billington, Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum Director. "We have participated for many years and it is a great event."

The Baxter Springs Historical Society will host a Park Day event beginning at 10 a.m. this Saturday, April 14. Needs include cleaning and light maintenance at the Fort Blair Site, located at 6th and East Avenue, in Baxter. There will be a local historian available to describe the park’s significance as part of the day's event. For more information about Park Day at Fort Blair, please contact Mary Billington by phone at 620-856-2385 or by e-mail at heritagectr@embarqmail.com at the Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum.

The Civil War Trust is a national nonprofit land preservation organization devoted to the protection of America’s hallowed battlegrounds. It saves the battlefields of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War and War of 1812, and educates the public about their importance in forging the nation we are today. To date, the Trust has preserved over 48,000 acres of battlefield land in 24 states. Learn more at Civilwar.org.

-- Jordan Zabel is the managing editor for the Cherokee County News-Advocate. He can be emailed at jzabel@sekvoice.com.