Visitors to Pea Ridge National Military Park will soon be able to experience 25 new wayside exhibits (informational signs), thanks to a $25,000 donation from Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB that will allow the park to complete its wayside exhibit replacement project. Karen Parker and Tom Montgomery, from the Wal-Mart and SAM?S CLUB Foundation presented Pea Ridge Superintendent John Scott with a $25,000 check at a small ceremony in the Park?s Visitor Center on December 9, 2005 .
?Wal-Mart and SAM?S CLUB are proud to partner with the National Park Service and Pea Ridge National Military Park to help tell the important story of The Battle of Pea Ridge,? Montgomery said. ?We are glad these new exhibits will serve as an educational tool for the residents in a community that we serve.?
The new wayside exhibits will replace the old and outdated signs that have been in place since 1963. The new panels, which will feature twelve original pieces of artwork by noted Civil War artist Andy Thomas, will be finished this winter and will hopefully be in place at the 144th anniversary of the battle in March 2006. With all of the new information gathered since 1963, these new exhibits will help tell the story of Pea Ridge like never before.
?We thank Wal-Mart and SAM?S CLUB for their generous donation and continued support of the park and our local community,? said Superintendent John Scott. ?This donation will allow us to finalize our wayside exhibits, which will make the Pea Ridge story more relevant and alive to those who visit the park from around the world. This will also help Pea Ridge to become one of the finest Civil War sites in the National Park System.?