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Pea Ridge National Military Park Foundation

The Pea Ridge National Military Park Foundation is making progress into the past by helping to protect and promote the History of the Battle of Pea Ridge. The Pea Ridge National Military Park Foundation, formed in 1994, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to help educate the public, provide Park improvements (beyond what the Park’s budget allows), and support the activities of the Pea Ridge National Military Park.

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Pea Ridge National Military Park hosts Partial Solar Eclipse Program and Viewing, August 21, 2017

Pea Ridge National Military Park will host a program and viewing of the partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 at 11:30 am. The 20 minute program will take place in the visitor center auditorium. Visitors that come to the park will receive a pair of glasses to use to view the partial eclipse. The eclipse will begin at 11:43 am, reach its peak at 1:12 pm and ends at 2:40pm. Although we are not in the path of totality, the obscuration of the sun will be at 92% and still be very impressive (weather permitting). Children of all ages can come and complete a Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer booklet and earn a Junior Ranger Solar Eclipse badge. The park has a limited number of booklets and badges available so please arrive early to obtain one.

As a safety note, DO NOT look directly at the sun during the eclipse and use only APPROVED safety viewing glasses. You can cause serious, permanent damage to your eyes viewing the eclipse either directly or incorrectly. Please call 479-451-8122 x 1227 for more information.

Pea Ridge National Military Park preserves and commemorates the March 1862 Civil War battle that helped Union forces maintain physical and political control of the state of Missouri. Administered by the National Park Service, the 4,300 acre battlefield is located 10 miles north of Rogers, just off of US highway 62. Visit us on Facebook or at: www.nps.gov/peri

Pea Ridge National Military Park announces the Remember the Removal Ride Event

Pea Ridge National Military Park will host an event to welcome the “Remember the Removal” Cherokee Youth Bike Riders on June 20, 2017 as they travel through the park retracing the Trail of Tears route. Remember the Removal is an annual bicycle ride across seven states and approximately 950 miles that commemorate the forced removal of the Cherokee from their homeland during the winter of 1838-39. This commemorative ride began June 4 in New Echota, GA and will end June 22 in Tahlequah, OK.

Join the park in welcoming the Cherokee youth following the path of their ancestors and participate in a guided walk of the park’s Trail of Tears sites, including the Elkhorn Tavern, Ruddick’s Field, and historic roads.

Activities begin at 12:00 pm with a cannon firing demonstration at the Visitor Center followed by a walking tour with the Cherokee Youth Bike Riders that begins at the Elkhorn Tavern at 1:00pm.

The tour will last approximately two hours and allows visitors to:

  • Walk in the footsteps of the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears
  • Witness the power of place through the riders’ encounter with the Trail
  • Discover the landscape of the late 1830s and how the park is preserving it
  • See inside the Tavern and learn its function at the time of Indian Removal
  • Find out how historic documents shed light on the Trail of Tears experience
  • Learn from archaeologists about discoveries in the park

For more details on the ride, please visit: https://www.cherokee.org/remembertheremoval/.

To learn more about the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/trte.

Pea Ridge National Military Park preserves and commemorates the March 1862 Civil War battle that helped Union forces maintain physical and political control of the state of Missouri. Administered by the National Park Service, the 4,300 acre battlefield is located 10 miles north of Rogers, just off of US highway 62. Visit us on Facebook or at: www.nps.gov/peri

Sponsored by the National Park Service, National Park Foundation, and the Trail of Tears Association.

Pea Ridge Collection Booklet

A 28-page full color booklet featuring copies of the 11 original paintings by Andy Thomas featuring scenes from the Battle of Pea Ridge and brief historical summary of each scene.