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CHICAGO —February 10, 2022—De La Salle Instittute’s John Brogan and a number of students will soon be headed to Antietam, Harpers Ferry, and Gettysburg, thanks to a grant from the American Battlefield Trust’s Field Trip Fund. This trip will provide students with an exceptional, hands-on history learning opportunity. Grants are awarded based on a competitive national application process, demonstrating John Brogan’s commitment to excellence in the classroom.


“We are extremely grateful to the American Battlefield Trust for providing us the opportunity to visit these historic sites,” said Brogan. “By walking the fields of Antietam, Gettysburg, and Harpers Ferry we hope to gain a deeper appreciation of what took place there. There is no better way to experience history than to walk the hallowed ground and read the letters and diaries of those involved.  History allows us to feel like we are part of something much bigger. This is our way to honor those individuals who sacrificed so much.”


The American Battlefield Trust is the largest battlefield land preservation organization in the country, having saved more than 52,000 acres of hallowed ground across 24 states. Through visiting preserved battlefields and walking in the footsteps of the citizen soldiers who fought there, the Trust aims to provide a foundation of good citizenship for the leaders of tomorrow. The Trust strives to produce excellent educational resources in a variety of formats for both educators and the public alike, ensuring that Americans never forget how their country was forged.


Every year, the Trust receives applications from classrooms across the country to participate in the Field Trip Fund, which offers funding and assistance to K-12 teachers planning field trips to Civil War, War of 1812, or Revolutionary War battlefields and related historic sites. During the 2018-2019 school year, more than 7,500 students from 24 states took part.


“These kids get a chance to go to where history was made, where our country was created and defined,” said Trust President James Lighthizer of Field Trip Fund recipients, “Battlefields are outdoor classrooms that will teach future Americans about our democratic republic“


John Brogan has enormous enthusiasm for teaching history and is excited to utilize these battlefields as an outdoor classroom that will give his students a meaningful and memorable experience. The American Battlefield Trust is proud to support and empower such excellent educators as they inspire the next generation of proud Americans.


The American Battlefield Trust is dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has protected more than 52,000 acres associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War. Learn more at


De La Salle Institute, founded by the Brothers of the Christian schools, has served the students of Chicagoland for over 130 years making it the third oldest Catholic High School in the Archdiocese of Chicago. De La Salle fosters the Lasallian values of faith, service, community and a passion for academic and athletic excellence. Learn more at


 John F. Brogan 312-842-7355


Mary Koik, ABT, (202) 367-1861 x7231



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