$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.
$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.
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
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 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
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.
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.