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Civil War 150th Anniversary Event for York County – Aug. 17-21 at Penn Common

Mark your calendars! The York County Heritage Trust will be hosting the official visit of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Civil War 150th Anniversary Road Show to York County. The state’s trailer with displays of Civil war artifacts and displays on the war and its heritage will be parked in Penn Common in downtown York from August 17-21. YCHT and a committee of local historical societies and other interested parties are planning several supporting events, which will include Civil War reenactors and living historians, demonstrations, lectures, book signings by several local authors, and many other events.
More specific details will be forthcoming from YCHT.
Click to read more about the road show.


The Pennsylvania Civil War Road Show is a traveling exhibition experience–based in an expandable 53-foot tractor-trailer–for Pennsylvanians and visitors to Pennsylvania of all ages. From 2011 to 2015, it will travel throughout the state (making stops in all 67 counties), bringing interactive exhibits and activities in the trailer and, at each host location, featuring unique programs and performances under a Civil War-era tent.
No corner of the state was untouched by the Civil War. Through images, sound, words, objects and interactive multimedia, the Road Show will convey stories of the many different ways Pennsylvania’s men, women, children and communities experienced the Civil War, both on the battlefield and the home front.
At the Road Show, visitors will be able to:
* See and hear how Pennsylvanians impacted the Civil War and how it transformed their lives.
* Learn about Pennsylvania’s role in the War–statewide–through a large, interactive map.
* View animated stories that reveal Pennsylvanians’ experiences through dynamic images and sound.
* Peer through sets of lenses to see a show of stereoscopic photographs–the original 3-D experience–taken during the Civil War era.
* Listen with personal audio devices to actors reading from letters, diaries and newspapers, while paging through hands-on flipbooks.
* Scroll through hands-on, illustrated “story strips” that tell engaging stories in a child-friendly style.
* See objects and clothing that bring stories to life.
* Interact with specific stories through physical, hands-on activities.
* See a display of significant Civil War-era, locally owned material contributed by the respective communities’ historical institutions.
The Road Show also aims to reassemble Pennsylvania’s Civil War history, one story at a time. Through a “Share Your Story” recording booth, individuals will be invited to share their own Civil War-era family photographs, artifacts and other material and stories–digitally and/or orally, to be uploaded into a public, online repository that will grow as the Road Show travels.
For more information, visit the PA 150 CW website.
SPECIAL PREVIEW: April 12-17 in Harrisburg
May 5-9: Allegheny County
Hosted by the Senator John Heinz History Center (Pittsburgh)
May 12-16: Lackawanna County
Hosted by the Everhart Museum
On site at Nay Aug Park (Scranton)
May 19-23: Cumberland County
Hosted by the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (Carlisle)
May 26-31: Lycoming County
Hosted by Muncy Historical Society & Museum in partnership with Muncy School District
On site at Muncy Junior/Senior High School (Muncy)
June 2-6: Northumberland County
Hosted by Warrior Run-Fort Freeland Heritage Society in partnership with Northumberland County Historical Society
On site at Warrior Run-Fort Freeland Heritage Society (Turbotville)
June 9-13: Adams County
Hosted by the Gettysburg Foundation (Gettysburg)
June 16-20: Bedford County
Hosted by Old Bedford Village (Bedford)
June 23-27: Monroe County
Hosted by Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in partnership with Eastern Monroe Public Library
On site at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm (Stroudsburg)
June 30-July 4: Philadelphia County
Hosted by Franklin Square/Historic Philadelphia, Inc. in partnership with the Southeastern PA Civil War Consortium On site at Franklin Square (Philadelphia)
July 7-11: Northampton County
Hosted by the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society (Easton)
July 14-18: Franklin County
Hosted by the Franklin County Historical Society (Chambersburg)
July 21-25: Jefferson County
Hosted by the Jefferson County Historical Center
On site at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds (Brookville)
July 28-August 1: Chester County
Hosted by the Chester County Historical Society and co-hosts Chester County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chester County Parks & Recreation, Historic Yellow Springs, Hopewell Furnace, Kennett Underground Railroad, Mill at Anselma, Penn State Great Valley
On site at Penn State Great Valley (Malvern)
August 4-8: Armstrong County
Hosted by John T. Crawford Camp #43, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War and Auxiliary
On site at Kittanning Riverfront Park (Kittanning)
August 11-15: Delaware County
Hosted by the Concord Township Historical Society and co-hosts Aston Township Historical Society, Bethel Township Preservation Society, Chester Heights Camp Meeting, Chester Heights Historical Society, Darlington Arts Center, Friends of Old Saint Thomas, Garnet Valley School District, Newlin Grist Mill, Rachel Kohl Community Library, Thornbury Township Historical Society
On site at Garnett Valley Middle School (Glen Mills)
August 18-22: York County
Hosted by the York County Heritage Trust
On site at Penn Park (York)
August 25-29: Somerset County
Hosted by the Historical & Genealogical Society of Somerset County (Somerset)
September 1-5: Crawford County
Hosted by the Crawford County Civil War Round Table
On site at the Crawford County Fairgrounds (Meadville)
September 8-12: Clarion County
Hosted by the Clarion County Historical Society
On site at the Clarion Mall (Clarion)
September 17-21: Lancaster County
Hosted by the Ephrata Public Library in partnership with the PA Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley
On site at Ephrata Public Library (Ephrata)
September 24-October 1: Columbia County
Hosted by the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau and the Bloomsburg Fair Association
On site at the Bloomsburg Fair (Bloomsburg)