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“It’s almost mind-boggling in a way, just the amount of programming possibilities that are going to be out there,” Bryce says. “We’re looking to tackle a lot of different social issues that are attached to the war.” Because of the enormity of the event itself, coupled with the acute details historians now discuss as related to the Civil War, there is much to see over the next four years. Determining where to bring your group is going to be a great challenge. “I’m not selling a specific event, and I’m not really selling the reenactments,” says Cathy Strite of Civil War Tours, an affiliate of All-in-One Tours. “What I am trying to do, what I suggest to people who come to me is to experience some significant events that are happening based on that year.” GETTING ORGANIZED Many of the Sesquicentennial events are going to be happening during the corresponding year that they took place. For example, events that happened in 1861 will be going on in 2011. Those that unfolded in 1862 will be recognized in 2012, and so on. “So, when we go to 2012, we might want to do something that focused in 1862. For example, the whole Navy was changed down at Hampton Roads, the Battle of the Ironclads,” Strite says. “But you might include other things as well.” While 20 different states have developed websites devoted to Sesquicentennial news and events, the National Park Service (NPS) maintains more than 70 Civil War parks in states spread from California to Maine. All of these locations will be doing something over the next four years to mark this important anniversary. “There are going to be thousands and thousands of events just at National Park Service sites over the next several years,” says Mike Litterist, public affairs specialist for the NPS. “I would certainly consider booking early. The first Battle of Manassas, for example, has the potential to draw 100,000 people over the four days.” OUR WAR The Civil War is a uniquely American event. It took place solely in the United States and was fought exclusively by Americans. Traces of its history can be found in nearly all the 50 states. An example of the long-distance impact left by the war is the Civil War Memorial Grove in Sacramento, Calif. that was dedicated in 1897 with trees imported from the major battlefields at Harpers Ferry, Manassas, Savannah, Vicksburg, Yellow Tavern, and Appomattox. There are the Massachusetts and Ohio industrial sites that produced supplies for Union soldiers. Letters home from the front lines have been preserved in Maine. “This was our war,” Bryce says. “This was Americans against Americans. It doesn’t matter if you’re East or West, this is an American story, and it’s ours alone. It’s ours to bear, but it’s ours alone. I think that’s why there’s such a strong interest in it. So many people had ancestors involved, they kind of have a personal stake in this. A lot of the visi-

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ith thousands of options for Civil War 150 travel, choosing the right destination for your group will be as much of a challenge as narrowing down your choices. Cathy Strite, managing director of Civil War Tours, urges operators to pick wisely when creating their itineraries and choose a tour that provides professional guides. “Rather than just reading it from a book or from an information panel out in the field, if they’re going out with a park ranger, someone who is very knowledgeable of the event and can really bridge that crossing for people from their modern lives, to making that step back 150 years ago,” says Chris Bryce, chief of interpretation at Petersburg National Battlefield. “I think it provides a much easier way for people to paint a picture in their minds.” With so many travel options available, choices should be determined by experience of those running the event, as well as the group’s interests. “Find the convention and visitors bureaus that really know what they’re doing, find guides who know what they’re doing and I think that’s the most important thing in experiencing this great thing we have going for the next four years,” Strite says. “All of these CVBs are armed and ready to meet the needs of group tour operators,” says John Seitter, project manager for the Pennsylvania Civil War 150. “Book early. If you’re doing overnight stays to places like Gettysburg, because of the anniversary of the American Civil War, all of these events are going to be magnified.”

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Stage Right
Historic Win
Animal Attractions
Winners Circle
Everybody Hurts
Art of the Matter
All in the Family
In the Driver’s Seat
Smart Cookies
2012 Motorcoach Marketer
Buyers Beware
Return to the Battlefield
Around the Table
Back to the Future
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Indiana
Michigan
Minnesota
Ohio
Wisconsin
Florida
Georgia
North Carolina
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