In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear; but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls. And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream; and lo! the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, and the power of the vision pass into their souls. This is the great reward of service. To live, far out and on, in the life of others; this is the mystery....,-to give life's best for such high sake that it shall be found again...."....Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Click for Springfield, Missouri Forecast

Consider Volunteer Work!!

  Many of the volunteer's at Wilson's Creek just love the history of the Civil War. Why else would they stand out in the hot sun in wool uniforms just to fire a cannon once an hour? Many more just love the National Park system and want to help make it better for future generations.

Some like to teach. Some like to meet people. And some just like to look cool in those uniforms and show off. But all like learning from others around them.

Some aren't into the battle so much as the civilian side. Or the medical side. They like the way of life back in this time period and love to show others what it was like.

Some aren't into the battle at all, but just want to work in nature. The interpreter's are only a part of the volunteer work done at Wilson's Creek. Do you like botany, or geology, or maybe one day think you might like to get into archaelogy? It's all done at Wilson's Creek.

Are you at least 16 years of age, and interested in the Civil War era? If so, you can volunteer to work at Wilson's Creek. (You'll have to be an 18 year old male to fire the weapons). In the interpretation division we have volunteers that...

Dress in period costumes and give tours.

Dress in uniforms and fire weapons or those who give tours.

Those who ride bikes or horses as part of visitor monitoring program.

Those who like to do research and work in the library, transcribing info onto computers.

Those who greet visitor's in the visitor center

In the other divisions, we have volunteers that...

Do maintenance work, do biology and botany work, do research, etc. 

If you want to meet some cool people, learn some neat stuff, and have a lot of fun... consider spending some of your free time at Wilson's Creek as part of the "Volunteers in Parks" program.

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield has one of the highest rated interpretation volunteer programs in the country.....

Do you have what it takes to be the next National Park Service "VIP"?

More info

Ok, not your bag eh? How about a simple thing like becoming a pen pal with a soldier in today's military? Some of these guys have been away from home a long time, and while nobody may be shooting at them, they are still serving our country at a personal sacrifice. Please note - I am suggesting this under one condition. And you will think I am a geek for saying so, but be careful. Anytime you start corresponding with someone you don't know, there is an element of danger involved. Please, please, please... if you decide to do this, share the letters you receive with your parents or teacher. I trust you totally, it's the other person I worry about. Be totally anonymous. You can be their friend without them knowing where you live, or personal things. Make up a name, make up a town, but tell them your right age. If they write anything that makes you uncomfortable, show it to your parent or teacher immediately!! Please, don't mess around. There are a ton of good people out there, but even in the Armed Forces, there are bad apples. I know...I served in the US Army.. as a military policeman. If interested, visit here.

Return to  Book Index Return to Book Index

Previous - Next - Random - List Sites

The National Park Web Ring 

This National Park Web Ring site is owned by Battle of Wilson's Creek.
Click here to
join the ring.