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Group forms to help Appomattox national park

Monday - 2/27/2012, 8:05am  ET

APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) - Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is getting support from a new foundation as it prepares for the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

Organizers incorporated the Appomattox 1865 Foundation in November. They plan to begin fundraising after the foundation is granted nonprofit status, which could occur in March.

Sue Cochrane tells The News & Advance that the group plans several projects to improve the park for the sesquicentennial in April 2015. They include creating a new orientation program and renovating some buildings.

The park's chief of education and visitor services, Ernie Price, says the foundation can do things that the park can't do, such as raise awareness and funds, and advertise.

Cochrane says the foundation also wants to increase long-term support for the park.

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Information from: The News & Advance, http://www.newsadvance.com/


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