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Superintendent’s Corner

By  Acting Superintendent Lisa McInnis

Dear Friends of Andersonville,

My name is Lisa McInnis, and I am filling in for Superintendent Sellars while he is on a detail to Cape Canaveral National Seashore through late February 2017. My home park unit is the Natchez Trace Parkway, which runs through Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. At the Parkway, I serve as the Chief of Resource Management. Detail opportunities such as these allow for professional development and exposure to variety of experiences. I am truly honored to serve as acting superintendent, and look forward to working with you. Superintendent Sellars leaves big shoes to fill, even temporarily! In my short time here at Andersonville, I quickly learned of the significance of the Friends of Andersonville, and have been so impressed by the quality, enthusiasm and productivity of this wonderful organization.

Friends of AndersonvilleAs the leaves turn and the temperatures drop, park staff has been busy planning and executing multiple events. On November 4, the cemetery was again transformed by the Avenue of Flags. With assistance from the Robins Riders from Warner Robins, Georgia, many volunteers assisted park staff in installing 250 full-sized American and state flags in the cemetery and around the museum. On November 12, the Night Museum event was held. This provided a rare opportunity for visitors to experience the National Prisoner of War Museum and the historic Civil War prison site by lantern light and meet living historians portraying Confederate guards and Union prisoners during the often-overlooked winter period of 1864-1865. With record turnout, this event was a great success, in spite of the burn ban that prevented campfires!

On December 17, Wreathes Across America and many volunteers will be on site to place wreathes in the cemetery. To date, we have already received more than 300 wreathes to be placed. See http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/ to learn more about getting involved for next year.

The buzzword around Andersonville this season is… contractors! Work on the POW museum has begun, and if you visit in the next couple weeks you’ll see workers replacing the windows and adding tint. This will help protect the exhibits and artifacts from the sun.  In addition, several administrative buildings are getting new roofs. The curatorial building and cemetery office are undergoing asbestos removal in addition to replacement of the fire suppression system. We are now looking to move forward on the project to replace the decking on the Star Fort pedestrian bridge, and are thankful for the Friends’ support of this upcoming project.

As we close the calendar on the NPS Centennial, we all look forward to the vital and continued support of the Friends of Andersonville. We remain so grateful for the opportunity to partner.

May you all have a great 2017!

Lisa McInnis