$1,000 - Civil War Trust/American Battlefield Trust

The ABT is America's largest non-profit organization devoted to the preservation of our nation's endangered battlefields. It has saved over 55,000 acres.  The Trust also promotes educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives to inform the public of the Civil War's history.  The CWDF has conducted several programs for the Trust’s annual conferences and teacher institutes and the CWDF was named the Trust’s Reenactment Unit of the Year in 2011.  Our $1,000 donation will continue our designation as a member of the CWT’s “Color Bearers” donor group.               


$500 – National Civil War Museum

The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pa., covers the entire Civil War and local history.  Our donation will help the Museum commemorate the 160th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Campaign.  Harrisburg was the location of Camp Curtin, the largest Union training camp of the Civil War, and the northernmost skirmishes of the Gettysburg Campaign were fought a few miles west of Harrisburg.

Website: https://www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org/


$500 – Gettysburg National Military Park

The Gettysburg National Military Park will mark the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg next year.  Our donation will help to fund living history programs, lectures, tours or publications that will help educate the public about history and the need for preservation.  In the past, the CWDF has presented dance demonstrations, Civil War weapons displays and Union Army flag displays at the GNMP Visitor Center.  

Website:   https://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm


Preserving Our Heritage

The CWDF/VDE uses the proceeds from its performances and sales of its dance instruction DVD to support various historic preservation and education programs. We have also donated thousands of dollars in services and thousands of hours of volunteer time.  Through 2022, the CWDF has made direct cash donations of over $67,000.  When combined with fund-raising balls and events we conducted for other organizations, we have now helped to raise over $310,000

$2,000 Donated by CWDF for Preservation in 2022             

The Civil War Dance Foundation donated $3,000 to three organizations for Civil War preservation  projects in 2023.  This year’s donations were:

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington

Antietam National Battlefield*

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum – Roundhouse Restoration Fund

Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis Home – Hurricane Restoration Fund*

Belle Grove Plantation

Boy Scout Venture Crew 1861 Fife and Drum Corps

Camp Curtin Historical Society*

Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation

Center for Civil War Photography

Central Virginia Battlefields Trust

Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum of Philadelphia

Civil War Trust*
          Adopt a Class Room Program
          Land Acquisition
          Traveling Educational Trunk Program

Col. Harry Gilmor Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans,
         Adopt a Confederate Grave Project

Cooper's Battery Monument Project

Dauphin County Historical Society*

Dr. Patri Pugliese Scholarship Fund

Eckley Miners Village - Breaker Project

Eli Slifer House

Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield, Inc.

Ford's Theatre Society

George Meade Society – Scholarship Fund

Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association

Gettysburg Foundation*

Gettysburg National Military Park*

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park*

Hampton Mansion National Historic Site*

Historic Yellow Springs

Jerusalem Mill Preservation Project

Joseph Junkin Homestead

Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic Museum

Liberia Plantation House Restoration

Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania – Essay Contest

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Longstreet Society

Maryland Historical Society

Monocacy National Battlefield*

Moores Memorial Library -- Christiana Riot Material Archive

Museum of the Confederacy*

National Civil War Museum*

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Patapsco Female Institute Historic Site

Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee – Civil War Flag Project

Pennsylvania Muster Rolls Restoration Project

Pennsylvania State Archives

President Lincoln's Cottage

Red Mill Museum

Save Historic Arlington House

Sons of Union Veterans Hartranft Camp No. 15

Star Spangled Banner House

Stonewall Jackson Headquarters in Winchester, Va.

U.S.S. Constellation

Wilderness Battlefield – Ellwood House Project

Winchester Old Court House Museum

Our direct donations over the years have been given to:

 * Multiple donations over the years

Jim Lighthizer. President of the Civil War Trust, accepting a donation from CWDF President Annette Keener-Farley.  Over the years, the CWDF has donated over $15,500 to various CWT projects.

The CWDF donated money to the Camp Curtin Historical Society for the erection of the Gen. Albert Jenkins Monument in Mechanicsburg, Pa., marking the northernmost advance of the Confederate Army during the Gettysburg Campaign.

Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Ed Clark (second from left) accepts a check from VDE Dance Master Larry Keener-Farley, State Repre- sentative Harry Readshaw and CWDF President Annette Keener-Farley.  The CWDF has supported the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project (popularly known as “Readshaw’s Raiders”) since its founding by conducting fund-raising dance classes and balls. Over the years, these events have raised over $100,000 for the restoration of monuments at the Gettysburg National Military Park.