Opening the door to Wilson’s Creek

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11206868_10153338033036983_4499726781958824199_oWilson’s Creek National Battlefield has long represented a defining moment in American history. School children from all around visit on yearly field trips; old and young alike come to see the site remembered for its Civil War history.

Is it the lure of battle that draws such individuals back time and again? Is it the curiosity about such a valuable piece of America’s heritage? Or is it the natural aspects of the park that keep attracting visitors?

Regardless of any individual reason, it is important to acknowledge Wilson’s Creek for the lessons, both good and bad, that the site has to teach.

One neat thing about Wilson’s Creek, I think, is that you can go out and see the battlefield (without modernizations),” said Superintendent Ted Hillmer.

“One neat thing about Wilson’s Creek, I think, is that you can go out and see the battlefield (without modernizations),” said Superintendent Ted Hillmer, who has worked for the National Park Service for more than 35 years, 11 of them at Wilson’s Creek. “We need to work with people who have that same passion for preserving history; that’s why I work for the National Park Service. I really think that the mission is to preserve and protect those cultural significant places for the next generation.”

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