Lotz House Partners with Red Cross for Annual Blood Drive

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Lotz House is proud to partner with the American Red Cross for the fifth annual blood drive on Nov. 25, commemorating the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Franklin.

In addition to the blood drive, the Lotz House will host its Living History Day on November 25 and will offer one of two battlefield walking tours to honor the anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. These tours will occur on November 25 and November 30, led by Civil War historians Thomas Y. Cartwright and Jamie Gillum.

Living History Day includes historians from the Living History Corp that will provide entertaining learning opportunities for the entire family. The reenactors will portray various branches of service including infantry, medical staff and the United States Colored Troops.

“The Battle of Franklin was integral to this history of the Lotz House and the City of Franklin, so it seems fitting that we should honor the anniversary and the lives lost by saving the lives of others,” said J.T. Thompson, Lotz House executive director. “We’re honored to host the blood drive again this year while educating the community on the history of this battle.”

Thousands of lives were lost during the Battle of Franklin, and the Lotz House was turned into a makeshift hospital to help the injured. The Lotz House holds this event to honor the memory of the lives that were lost and to help those currently in their own battle.

The blood drive will occur on the Lotz House property at 1111 Columbia Ave., Franklin, Tenn. from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 25. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org. Everyone who attempts to give will receive a voucher for a free tour of the historic home.

Living History Day events are free and open to the public. The battlefield walking tours are available on Nov. 25 and Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. – noon and cost $30 per person. Reservations are required by calling the Lotz House at 615-790-7190 or emailing jtt@lotzhouse.com. Tickets are limited.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About the Lotz House:

The Lotz House, which has been on the National Historic Register since 1976, is located in the heart of downtown historic Franklin, Tennessee at the “epicenter” of the Battle of Franklin, which was a pivotal battle in the Civil War on November 30, 1864. The house is open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m. Admission charged. The Lotz House is located at 1111 Columbia Ave. For more information, call 615-790-7190 or visit www.lotzhouse.com.

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