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Hallowed Ground Magazine Wins Fifth Consecutive Apex Grand Award For Publication Excellence

Civil War Trust membership magazine also recognized by international Society of Publication Designers

(Washington, D.C.) - The Civil War Trust, the nation's largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization, is pleased to announce that its membership magazine Hallowed Ground has again earned top honors for outstanding quality.  For the fifth consecutive year, it has received an APEX Grand Award - one of only 100 bestowed out of nearly than 2,400 entries in the international contest.  Of the 10 magazine titles to receive Grand Awards, Hallowed Ground was one of only four produced by small nonprofit organizations.

APEX 2013 - the 25th Annual Awards for Publication Excellence - is an international competition that recognizes outstanding publications from newsletters and magazines to annual reports and brochures.  In recognizing Hallowed Ground, the APEX committee focused on the publication's recent overhaul, overseen by editor Mary Koik and creative director Jeff Griffith.

In the word of the judges: "While the previous version was hard to quarrel with, the new magazine is a triumph of design and editorial. From the minimalist contents page - compelling with its sparing use of powerful photos - to the "˜From the Trenches' shorts, and on to the featured 'Success Stories' and full length historical features, each issue is a fascinating look back at our past and a look ahead to current conservation projects."

Hallowed Ground's redesign was also recognized this summer in a blog feature by the international Society of Publication Designers, which called the publication "a Civil War mag 150 years in the making" and praised its marriage of 19th and 21st century elements.

About the APEX Awards
The APEX Awards for Publication Excellence is an annual competition for writers, editors, publications staff and business and nonprofit communicators. It is sponsored by Communications Concepts, Inc., publishers of business communication reports, including Writing that Works, a subscription bimonthly for professional communicators.  The 2013 APEX Awards competition featured 138 communications categories, in 12 groups.

About the Civil War Trust
The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its mission is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds.  To date, the Trust has preserved more than 36,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  Learn more at, the home of the sesquicentennial.