Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Receives America’s Best Idea Grant

Monday, September 30, 2013

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is one of 34 national parks across the country selected to receive a 2013 America’s Best Idea grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. Inspired by the critically acclaimed Ken Burns’ documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” the America’s Best Idea program funds park activities designed to connect diverse, underserved and under-engaged populations throughout the United States with their national parks in innovative and meaningful ways. 

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park’s America’s Best Idea grant, entitled “Diversifying History: Bringing a New Connections to an Old Park,” will allow the park to provide local Title I schools funds to assist with transportation to the park. The Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will provide assistance in ensuring schools will receive these funds, allowing schools to bring their students to participate in the programs.  Without the Friends’ assistance, the park would not have the ability to reach so many schools.

Once students arrive, they will participate in curriculum-based education programs where they will learn of the causes of the Civil War, including focuses on abolition and emancipation related to soldiers who fought in the Civil War and the Battle of Chickamauga. Upon arrival to the park, some schools will be asked to join in creating quilt squares to create a contemporary “freedom quilt” that will be displayed at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. As schools arrive, teachers will be provided information concerning this special project and be provided the needed materials to participate.  

Also, as long as supplies last, teachers will receive classroom resource materials focused on the meanings of “Freedom Quilts” and the institution of slavery by being provided copies of Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Jacqueline Tobin’s Hidden in Plain View.  It is the park’s hope that these works will help teachers as they instruct their students about the causes of the Civil War and the fight for freedom it entailed. 

Schools are already reserving times and receiving transportation funds for their students. If you are interested in bringing students to the park, please complete the reservation form and the Title I funding request form located at http://www.nps.gov/chch/forteachers/planafieldtrip.htm and email them to Park Ranger Christopher Young at christopher_young@nps.gov or fax them to 

706.866-7981.



Be A Mentor And Take 12 Info Event Set For April 9

Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, TVA, the Want To Foundation, Brainerd High School and the Baylor School are looking for Chattanoogans who are willing to  “Be and Mentor and Take 12.” There are 8,736 hours in a calendar year and this program is about taking 12 of those, one a month, to mentor a Chattanooga student.    The organizers of “Be a Mentor ... (click for more)

Playcore Begins Construction On New Collegedale Playground

Playcore, the Chattanooga-based contractor for the new playground at Collegdale has begun construction. The 7,000-square-foot, handicapped-accessible, ultra modern playground should be finished in mid-June, weather permitting. (click for more)

Tennessee Broadband Expansion Bill Sought By EPB Put On Hold For Now

Advocates for broadband expansion in Tennessee, including Chattanooga's EPB, announced Tuesday that efforts to extend community-based fiber optic networks are being placed on hold for now "because there is not enough support among state lawmakers to change a state regulation that prevents the expansion of municipal fiber optic systems." EPB earlier won a ruling from the Federal ... (click for more)

Haslam Adds K-12 Funds In Budget Amendment

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Tuesday unveiled additions to the FY 2015-2016 budget that will be considered by the General Assembly in the coming weeks, including added funding for K-12. The governor last week met with school superintendents from the largest systems in the state over the issue of state funding for K-12. The next day, the Hamilton County Schools joined ... (click for more)

Physicians Thank Their Patients On Doctor’s Day

March 30 has been set aside as National Doctors’ Day since 1933 as a time to recognize the contributions made by our physicians. While the recognition is appreciated, our greatest satisfaction comes from caring for our patients.  For 132 years, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society has been the physicians’ voice as we worked together to improve health of our community. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Goodbye, Dr. Nassour

About 51 years ago, right after Jim Creel had graduated from the University of Texas and was in Guadalajara for medical school, he was surprised to find a complete stranger sitting on his battered and dusty Volkswagen. “He had seen my Longhorns sticker and was thrilled to find somebody else in Mexico who loved the University of Texas. “That’s when our friendship started and it ... (click for more)