According to the Civil War Trust (CWT), one acre of battlefield is lost every ten minutes. As regimental color bearers of the CWT, the Salt Creek Civil War Round Table annually raises thousands of dollars for battlefield preservation. In addition to contributions directly to the CWT, Salt Creek has contributed directly to many national and local organizations to help in the preservation effort. Locally, the round table supported the historical marker for Camp Douglas in 2014, the annual Veteran’s Day program at Rosehill Cemetery and several projects restoring Civil War headstones in various area cemeteries. For a complete list of preservation sites please refer to the listing in the Salt Creek history.
In addition to
monetary contributions, the round table has implemented
short term “Partners in Preservation” programs. These
programs are specific to the goals of the organizations,
such as the installation of a historical marker on the
Franklin (Tennessee) battlefield as part of the Save the
Franklin Battlefield’s education program in 2001.
In 2003 Salt Creek partnered with 15 other Illinois round tables and raised funds to help complete the restoration of the eagle on the Illinois Memorial at the Vicksburg National Military Park.
Salt Creek also worked with the DuPage County History Museum, the Illinois National Guard Museum and the Chicago Civil War Round Table to restore the 36th Illinois Volunteer Infantry regimental flag in 2004. The flag is on display at the DuPage County History Museum. In 2008 the round table supported the Albert Cashier Museum & Home Restoration Project in Saunemin, Illinois.
The round table raises funds through monthly book raffles, the sale of Salt Creek merchandise, an annual book sale, as well as, through private donations.