Historic Battlefield Preservation Matters!
A portion of all purchases from Chris Landon Photography will be donated to 501(c)(3) non-profit Battlefield Preservation organizations.
Why battlefield preservation matters.
"Why is it so important to save these places?
Can you imagine a fast-food restaurant in the middle of Arlington Cemetery? Can you imagine paving over the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial? Can you imagine destroying the remaining original copies of the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution? Of course not.
When battlefield land is lost, whole chapters of American history are ripped from the book of our national memory. Our country was born and shaped on the battlefield; these landscapes represent an irreplaceable part of our heritage and incredible educational resources.
Not just that, but preserved battlefields become vibrant and perpetual economic engines for their communities, drawing visitors from near and far.
They benefit local quality of life by ensuring open space and parkland. They are also important habitats for native plants and wildlife and can improve water quality, among other environmental benefits."
-American Battlefield Trust
Why modern day battlefield photography matters.
Commemoration and Remembrance
Modern day photos can be used in commemorative events, museums, and educational materials to engage with the public and foster a deeper understanding of this historical period.
Preservation of Memory:
Many Civil War battlefields have changed significantly since the 1860s due to urbanization, development, and natural erosion. Current battlefield photography allows us to compare the past with the present and understand the transformations that have occurred over time.
Modern day American Civil War battlefield photography is important for preserving and documenting history, fostering remembrance, encouraging historic preservation, facilitating education, and offering insights into the social and cultural dimensions of this pivotal period in American history. It allows us to connect with the past, learn from it, and appreciate the sacrifices made during one of the most challenging chapters in the nation's history.
OpenAI, 2023 /Edited for style and content/Chris Landon
My hope always is that my battlefield photography might in some small way inspire others to learn more about the first 100 years of our country's history and become more involved in the modern day battlefield preservation movement, including saving those important and sacred battlefield lands of the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and of course, the American Civil War.