Members of the seven-person board met at the Civil War Interpretive Center on Tuesday.
“It was a great way to get together and let everyone know each other better,” said Ashley Berry, Supervisory Park Ranger.
Located near the site of Battery Robinett at 501 West Linden Street, the Interpretive Center features interactive exhibits on its 15,000 square foot facility. A 75-seat auditorium, research room, exhibit space and a commemorative courtyard with a water feature that interprets 100 years of United States history is part of the property.
Visitors enter the center via an ascending walkway strewn with bronze reproduction artifacts reflecting the chaotic nature of battle. Inside, the facility’s impressive exhibits feature interactive displays and engaging multimedia presentations all at no cost to those who visit.
“We want you to understand we think this is a valuable place,” said Shiloh National Military Park Superintendent John Bundy. “The Interpretive Center is one of the best values around.”
According to Berry, visitors from eight countries have visited the center.
“Most who come spend at least two hours then head out in town to eat,” said the supervisor.
“There isn’t a person who goes to Shiloh that isn’t told about this place,” added Bundy. “Corinth is the rest of the story.”
In the past three months, visitors from 45 of the 50 states have made a stop at the center. Last month alone, 2,409 people took in the experience of the Interpretive Center.
“Last month was our best July since 2009,” added Berry.
Tourism Director Christy Burns was impressed.
“The Interpretive Center has so much to offer,” she said. “I would love to meet here or different places in the future because tourism is about what is in the community.”