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Harrisonburg-Rockingham Civil War Center joins Park Service's Passport Program

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Press Release

Harrisonburg, Va. - In partnership with the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Civil War Orientation Center, which is located inside the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center, has joined the National Park Service's Passport Program.  Twenty-four sites in the National Historic District have become "cancellation stations" where you can collect free cancellation stamps.  Click here to download and print a list of participating sites in the Valley

"The passport program promotes regional tourism in the National Battlefield Historic  District while encouraging visitation to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Orientation Center, where travelers can discover our local and regional interpretation of the  American Civil War," said Brenda Black, Tourism and Visitor Services Manager .

The Passport To Your National Parks® program, launched in 1986, provides information and encourages visitation to all of America's national parks and many National Heritage Area sites. It includes a passport book that lists all national parks in  the United States and U.S. territories, and provides space for 'cancellation' stamps,  which can be found in almost every national park in the system - and at many National  Heritage Sites, now including the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District. If you don't already have a National Park Passport book, you can order one directly from the Eastern National website here. This spiral-bound booklet allows you to collect and store stamps available at National Parks and Heritage Areas throughout the United States.

"The National Parks Passport Program is enormously popular, with a passionate  following," says Terry Heder, Director of Interpretation and Field Programs at the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. "And having 24 new sites in the National Historic District should make the Valley a powerful draw for stamp ‘collectors.

For more information, email theder@svbf.net or call 540-740-4545.

www.shenandoahatwar.org/Visit-the-Valley/Passport-Program www.VisitHarrisonburgVA.com/things-to-do/tours-trails/civil-war-trails

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