Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation was founded in 2001, with an eye to the Civil War sesquicentennial.  With the commemoration half way through, the Foundation can take pride in its two Civil War driving trails, the Gray Ghosts Trail™ and the U.S. Grant Trail™.  These tourism ventures, modeled after Virginia’s successful program, point travelers to Civil War and other cultural tourism themes, with regional maps, tourist fulfillment services, and educational panels marking significant Civil War sites.

The Foundation’s Executive Director, Gregory Wolk, authored Friend and Foe Alike: A Tour Guide to Missouri’s Civil War in 2010, clearing the way for the Foundation’s trails initiative.  The book, which is the only comprehensive tour guide to Civil War sites across Missouri, is now in its second edition.  It is published by Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation; proceeds of sales of the book benefit the development and expansion of Missouri’s Civil War Trails.

Greg is a lawyer in St. Louis, who frequently addresses civic and other organizations on the importance of developing Missouri’s Civil War resources, as a means of rational economic development and preservation of historic buildings and open spaces.