The Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield visitor center will be undergoing extensive renovations after securing all the necessary funding.
The National Park Foundation, National Park Service, and the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation announced the money was raised in time for the park’s anniversary on August 10th.
“The expansion of the Wilson’s Creek Visitor Center will allow the park to bring truly unique historic artifacts out of storage and into the public view,” Senator Roy Blunt said in a statement. “The Wilson’s Creek Foundation and the National Park Foundation have worked together to maximize local contributions. The Centennial Act matching funds have done exactly what that fund was created for. Five hundred thousand dollars of private contributions were matched and that $1 million allowed the park service to move a visit to Wilson’s Creek to a dramatically improved experience.”
The National Park Foundation and Wilson’s Creek Battlefield Foundation provided $500,000 in support which was matched by federal funding appropriated under the 2016 National Park Service Centennial Act. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $4.5 million.
“The National Park Foundation is proud to support the partnership to renovate the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center,” said National Park Foundation President and CEO Will Shafroth. “This project is a perfect example of how a holistic funding model, involving private philanthropy and federal funding, can enhance the visitor experience.”
The renovation will add over 1,800 square feet of exhibit space. The update will include virtual and interactive displays including 3D projections of fragile artifacts. The air conditioning and heating systems will also be upgraded to help protect the artifacts on display.
An estimated 200,000 people visit the park each year.