As Americans think “Civil War” in anticipation of the 150th anniversary of the end of that conflict, the South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority wants visitors to think “South Shore.” That’s right, Civil War battlefields may get top billing next year, but our region has a unique story to tell of sacrifice and courage, says Speros Batistatos, President and CEO, SSCVA (right). “When we learned of the work of Marc Chase to discover and preserve our Civil War heritage, we saw a great opportunity.” Giving the lion’s share of the credit to the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project, the South Shore CVA partnered with Marc to create the South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail. “Recognizing that Indiana gave the second largest number of men to this conflict based upon ratio of population, we saw an opportunity to change how we look at ourselves.” By going online, visitors can learn about this historical tourism initiative that represents a collection of the last known resting places, monuments, and architectural icons related to our veterans. The trail uses its website, QR codes linking smart phones to veteran’s stories, and signage to increase knowledge about the South Shore’s sacrifices. Emphasizing the need for different “products” to attract visitors, Batistatos stressed Americans are fascinated with history. “Now our visitors can learn of the region’s sacrifices,” he said. For details, go online at www.sscivilwartrail.com.