Chairman’s Message

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and are looking forward to a happy and healthy New Year.

A lot of worthy projects have come to fruition this year; such as the grave finder Kiosk, Living History and Memorial Day events, support of the Volunteer Program, as well as research grants. Of course we are sustaining and supporting the POW Traveling Exhibit which is presently at the National Naval Air Museum in Pensacola Florida, through April 2018. In May 2018 it will travel to the Rice County Historical Society in Kansas. If it is in your area, I urge you to visit.

All of these programs and more will be funded by your generous donations in 2018. Since the Friends of Andersonville’s inception we have contributed over $881,000 to fund projects that the Park would not have otherwise been able to complete. Thank you for your support.

In closing, I would like to tell you what a wonderful sight it was on December 16, 2017, when over 3,600 wreaths were placed on graves in the Andersonville National Cemetery. This is approximately 5 times the number we had last year. A big thanks to Bennett Motor Express and John Christner Trucking for helping to make this possible.

I want to thank each of you for all that you do for our National Historic Site and I’ll see you at the Park.

Jim Covington