FRIENDS AND DESCENDENTS OF JOHNSON’S ISLAND CIVIL WAR PRISON RECEIVE OHIO CIVIL WAR 150 HERITAGE AWARD AT ANNUAL PARK DAY

By arohmiller, posted on April 22nd, 2014.
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Bob Minton (right), Ohio Civil War 150 Advisory Committee member presents the 2014 Civil War 150 Heritage Award to Dave Bush, Friends and Descendents of Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison chair, during a ceremony on May April 5, 2014 at the island.

Bob Minton (right), Ohio Civil War 150 Advisory Committee member presents the 2014 Civil War 150 Heritage Award to Dave Bush, Friends and Descendents of Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison chair, during a ceremony on May April 5, 2014 at the island.

Marblehead, Ohio – The Friends and Descendents of Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison are pleased to announce that the Ohio Civil War 150 Advisory Committee has awarded them with the 2014 Civil War 150 Heritage Award. The award was presented at the group’s annual work day on April 5th in conjunction with Civil War Trust’s Park Day.

“The Friends have been working to save this important site for over a decade.” said committee member Bob Minton, Commander of the Army of the Ohio Civil War Reenactors, during the ceremony. “The Civil War 150 Advisory Committee is proud to present this award in appreciation for your ongoing commitment to reintroduce the prison into public memory and continued efforts to preserve Ohio’s Civil War history.”

The Friends and Descendants of Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison formed in 2001 as a non-profit historic preservation organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the Johnson’s Island Military Prison Depot. In 2002 the Friends purchased 17 acres of the prison site, permanently preserving this National Historic Landmark. The group was the recipient of the 2012 Brian C. Pohanka Preservation Organization of the Year Award by the Civil War Trust.

“I am proud that our group was chosen as a recipient of this award,” said Dave Bush, Chair for the Friends. “This award is a reflection of the countless hours our volunteers have spent ensuring that this site affords research, interpretative, and educational use for future generations and is truly a lasting impact.”

Approximately 80 volunteers were on hand to see the presentation during a break in the national Park Day sponsored by Civil War Trust, History™ and Take Pride in America. This is the ninth consecutive year volunteers have helped improve the appearance of this Civil War prison site, located in Sandusky Bay. Volunteers spent the day clearing brush, winter dead fall and developing walking trails across the site.

To learn more about the Friends, visit their website at www.johnsons-island.org.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: David Bush at 419-618-0151.

 

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