American Battlefield Trust Regretfully Postpones 2021 Annual Conference

Presence of ongoing restrictions prevents organization from ensuring a quality guest experience

(Washington, D.C.) — The ongoing presence of restrictions on large public gatherings in Virginia, plus uncertainties related to the status of key facilities have necessitated the difficult decision for the Trust to delay its scheduled Annual Conference in Chantilly. The event will now be held May 11–15, 2022. Guests who had previously completed the process to attend will be contacted about transferring their registration.  

“As eager as our board and staff are to gather on the battlefields with our devoted members, we determined that the hurdles to holding the high-quality events for which we are known were insurmountable,” said Trust President David Duncan. “Health and safety remain our top priorities, but even as the public health crisis begins to abate through vaccination, considerations remain that we know would significantly impact the guest experience in an unacceptable way.” 

As we have done throughout the past year, some of the planned content will transition into virtual sessions. In lieu of the large-scale battlefield tours typically held at the Conference, the Trust is inaugurating a series of smaller pop-up tours that will be held on various battlefields throughout the spring and summer months. Our hope is to offer these in greater geographic diversity than we could at a single member event.  

Full details about this and other Trust events are available at  

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 53,000 acres associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War. Learn more at