Work of the Trust

The Trust supports Charleston's national park sites at Liberty Square, Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie, and the Charles Pinckney site. We have ambitious plans to capitalize on these American treasures in the months and years ahead.
EDUCATION
  • We have created a comprehensive education program for school children. Since Kids to the Parks program was established in 2012, nearly 2000 students and teachers have participated in the program. We are currently raising funds to provide more opportunities for student trips to the parks.
  • We facilitate a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program which enables schoolteachers to work in the summer as park rangers and return to their schools with new expertise to share.
  • Our vision includes more teacher training and workshops, ranger and volunteer presentations inside schools, and expansion to a variety of schools in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties. For more information on Kids to the Parks, visit here.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION
  • We are supplementing the park service’s efforts to protect our cultural and historic resources, serving as advisor and/or fiscal agent for projects related to historic events at Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie and Charles Pinckney Site.
  • The Trust helped establish Thomson Park on Sullivan’s Island. This free public park preserves a historic site associated with Fort Moultrie and educates visitors about one of the patriots' first great victories in the American Revolution.
  • We helped install a historical marker at the downtown Meeting Street location of the Confederate secession convention that led to the Civil War and assisted with markers explaining the capture of the vessel “Planter” by Federal hero Robert Smalls.
  • With funding from individuals and organizations, we can assist in restoration of significant artifacts and historic structures beyond the scope of National Park Service resources, such as deteriorating cannons at Fort Moultrie and walls at Fort Sumter.
EVENTS
  • We are coordinating with the Park Service and other partners to produce programs in support of the Pinckney site and both forts. These historic parks were in service from 1776 until 1947 - from the American Revolution until after World War II.
  • The Trust helps coordinate the Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) observance of the American Civil War which began with the Confederate firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861. We are assisting the commemoration of Civil War events that involved Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie through the conclusion of the Sesquicentennial in 2015. To read more about the 150th observance, visit here.
  • The Trust regularly supports National Park Service programs addressing key events throughout American military history and the foundations of our government. Visit these websites for scheduled activities at Charleston's national park sites:

 

Fort Sumter
Fort Moultrie
Charleston Pinckney National Historic Site

 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
  • We are working to increase park visitation and more closely connect the people of the Lowcountry with our national park sites. Many of the 300,000 annual visitors to Charleston-area national park sites are from other cities, states, and countries.
  • The Trust supports the park service in bringing American history alive at our famous forts for our own citizens as well as tourists.
  • When funding is secured, we plan to launch a membership program and online services to make the park sites and activities more visible and accessible, plus take advantage of the educational and cultural opportunities presented by the National Park Service in Charleston.
The Trust can achieve these goals only with the support of generous individuals and a caring community of business, government, historical preservation, and educational organizations. We hope you will be inspired to help us bring American history alive and take full advantage of the national park sites we are blessed to have in Charleston. Please contact us today if you would like more information.