[Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists]

Saving the History of the Loxahatchee Battlefield

Dear Members:                                                                                                                               April, 2017

After an extremely successful reenactment that has been followed by the hosting of the Joint Services Staff College of Norfolk, VA, a very significant event, we are starting our new quarter by capitalizing on the momentum we have gained. The LBP also gave 25 members of the FAU Leadership group from the Boca Raton campus a tour of the Battlefield on April 14.  We are moving forward with several important and exciting programs to position ourselves for additional notoriety and interest by the general public.  

 With the expanding interest in the Seminole Wars and our Loxahatchee Battlefield, we need to train more docents for the Saturday tours that will start again this fall.  We want to start training immediately but certain requirements need to be addressed.  First, we need volunteers who want to take the training program that will be taught by our experts over a period of time, and at the pace desired by each trainee.  Our active docents enjoy providing the tours and encourage you to consider becoming qualified. You will be able to make your own schedule to suit your desires.

 Second, to prepare for the training program we need to capture the presentations of each of our experts on video tape and MP3 recordings.  Again, we are looking for volunteers from our membership to make the video tapes and recordings. We want an 'information piece' and we do not need a 'professional' production.  If you can help, please talk to us.

 Third, we want to establish our historical records and develop the archives while the information is still fresh and can be verified. We will record our founders' memories and log their key documents and clippings. In addition to these actions we ask each of you to take the time to review your collection of books, articles, and artifacts and make an inventory/list. Then, if you will bring us a copy of the list we will make a compendium of those inventories and have it available for those conducting research.

 Planning for the next reenactment is well underway and all aspects have been encouraging. Everyone is looking forward to the expanded event. We expect it to result in more members.

There is a good lineup of speakers for the HISTORY IN THE PARK series. You will enjoy all of them.  Invite a friend to join you for the next program.  And, as always, if you have a suggestion for a speaker/topic, let us know.

As the interest in our battlefield grows, we want to be prepared to grow and offer expanded activities.

Your LBP News Committee