28 October 2007 by Published in: Battlefield preservation 1 comment

Late last week–before I went to Pittsburgh for the weekend–my publisher, Savas-Beatie, LLC, announced a new preservation initiative:

Book Publisher Savas Beatie and The Civil War Preservation Trust Team up to Raise Funds for Endangered Land
by Sarah Keeney, Marketing Director, Savas Beatie LLC
Thursday, October 10, 2007

El Dorado Hills, CA October 10, 2007 — Historical book publisher Savas Beatie LLC and The Civil War Preservation Trust have teamed up to raise money for endangered Civil War battlefields.

Savas Beatie is a leading independent publisher of military and general history books. Many of its titles focus on specific battles and campaigns, and so have been used by various groups and individuals to raise funds for various preservation causes. The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) is America’s largest non-profit organization (501-C3) devoted to the preservation of our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields. The Trust also promotes educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives to inform the public of the war’s history and the fundamental conflicts that sparked it. Recently, CWPT picked up two special editions of Savas Beatie titles – Champion Hill: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg, by Timothy Smith, and Chicago’s Battery Boys: The Chicago Mercantile Battery in the Civil War’s Western Theater, by Richard Brady Williams—as premiums to help raise money for newly-acquired property on the Champion Hill battlefield.

When customers purchase any Savas Beatie book(s) from the company’s website (www.savasbeatie.com), they can include the coupon code “CWPT” with their order. Whenever an order is placed with this designation, Savas Beatie will donate 10% of the purchase price of the order to The Civil War Preservation Trust.

“People who know me know I care deeply about preserving endangered battlefields,” explains Savas Beatie Managing Director Theodore P. Savas. “Our new partnership with CWPT offers our readers a unique opportunity to acquire any of our titles—from ancient Rome to modern military science and sports history titles—and know that part of the purchase price will go directly to the best, most effective land-preservation company in the business. Over time,” continues Savas, “this could be a significant amount of money.”

David Duncan, Director of Membership and Development for CWPT agrees. “The Civil War Preservation Trust is thrilled to be working with Savas Beatie, the company that has been responsible for such tremendous Civil War scholarship—and other history—for so many years,” Duncan says.

“The fact that they freely offered to donate a portion of every purchase—regardless of genre—made by a CWPT member to saving hallowed ground speaks volumes to their dedication to preservation. Ted Savas ‘gets it,’” Duncan continues, “and while he is looking to sell books (which is fine with us), he is also looking to give back, which is all too rare in many corporations today.”

For additional information on the Savas Beatie-CWPT donation arrangement, contact Sarah Keeney or visit www.savasbeatie.com.

The predecessor to Ironclad Publishing was called VanBerg Publishing. Unfortunately, VanBerg didn’t make it for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was that I ended up having a pretty major falling out with my former business partner from VanBerg. However, one of the cornerstones of our business plan for VanBerg was the donation of 10% of our gross proceeds to battlefield preservation. It was a way for us to give something back while also giving us a great marketing tool. Ted’s now picked up the cudgel and is carrying on with the same concept.

Best wishes to Ted for stepping up to the plate and putting his money where his mouth is.

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  1. Mon 29th Oct 2007 at 9:29 am


    That’s great news indeed. After “Lincoln’s Labels,” which comes out in Spring 2008, I am working on an edited collection of invited essays on Civil War medicine; we (publisher and contributinga uthors) have all agreed that we’ll be donating all the royalties from that book to Civil War preservation, with a specific emphasis on the medical aspects. Both books are being published by Edinborough Press (Roseville, MN).

    Keep up the great work,

    Jim Schmidt

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