June 23, 2020
I hope each and every one of you are safe and well. This has been a tumultuous time for all of us, including the Park. As stated in our last Dispatch, Superintendent Charlie Sellars transferred, in September 2019. We have had 3 Acting Superintendents since that time, all doing a great job, but are looking forward to a permanent replacement in mid July.
This letter is due to the fact that we are not publishing a full Dispatch this summer; there just has not been enough activity to warrant one. The Park is presently doing a phased reopening. Park grounds are open; however, the POW Museum along with all buildings and public restrooms remain closed. Committal services will resume with restrictions. Please go to the Park’s website, https://www.nps.gov/ande for the latest, updated information.
On a positive note, a new Trustee, Fred Boyles has been added to the Board. I know many of you are familiar with Fred, who was Superintendent of both the Andersonville and Jimmy Carter National Historic Sites. He was also instrumental in the planning and execution of the POW Museum. Fred is retired from the National Park Service, as well as the United States Navy Reserve. He truly is a Friend of Andersonville and will be a great asset to the Board.
Please stay in contact with the National Park Service website for status reports. The Park will be back and stronger than ever. We need and appreciate your support.
Jim Covington, Chair
Board of Trustees, FOA