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Civil War events in south-central Pennsylvania in August 2011

South-central Pennsylvania played an important role in the Civil War, with thousands of Union troops (and a handful of Rebels) coming from the region, which also supplied food, clothing, blankets, railcars, and other materiel for military usage. Now 150 years after the start of the War Between the States, this area is in the forefront of commemoration activities.
There are several ideas for end-of-the-summer-break activities for adults and children scattered throughout the region during August. Why not pile the family into your vehicle and come out for these events, many of which are free or at a modest cost?


Ongoing – Exhibition. “1861.” National Civil War Museum. Harrisburg. This exhibit discusses the road to secession, the inaugurations of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, the Baltimore riots, Lincoln’s call for troops, and much more about the events and people that defined this year in history. Admission charged.
Ongoing – Exhibition. “Civil War Sesquicentennial – 1861”. U.S. Army Heritage Education Center, Carlisle. The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center presents an exhibit chronicling the first year of the Civil War. The exhibit will change yearly to commemorate each year of the Civil War. Free.
August 6 – “Stories and Songs of a Civil War Hospital,” a candlelight program at Christ Church, 30 Chambersburg St, Gettysburg. 8 pm. Free. 717-334-5212. Learn the history of this beautiful downtown Gettysburg church which served as a hospital for 140 soldiers during and after the Battle of Gettysburg. Free of charge and accessible to all.
August 6 – “An Evening with the Painting,” special look at the Cyclorama at the Gettysburg National Military Park visitor center. 5-6:30 pm. $30. Reservations: 877-874-2478 or www.gettysburgfoundation.org.
August 6-7 – Living history, camps and demonstrations at several locations in the Gettysburg National Military Park. Free. www.nps.gov/gett or 717-334-1124 extension 8023.
August 11 – Presentation. “Politics and the Civil War: The Lincoln Administration.” Steve Malovich. Lancaster Civil War Round Table. Lititz Public Library. 7 p.m. Free
August 13 – Living history. “Abraham Lincoln: Legends, Myths, and Lies.” James Hayney. York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market Street, York. 10:30 a.m. – noon. Get the real story about Abraham Lincoln – from Abraham Lincoln! Accomplished actor James Hayney brings our 16th President to life in this first-person exploration of Lincoln’s life, both fact and fiction. Arrive early and stay late, as Mr. Lincoln will be happy to greet you in person and answer your questions! Free.
August 13 – “Stories and Songs of a Civil War Hospital,” a candlelight program at Christ Church, 30 Chambersburg St, Gettysburg. 8 pm. Free. 717-334-5212. Learn the history of this beautiful downtown Gettysburg church which served as a hospital for 140 soldiers during and after the Battle of Gettysburg. Free of charge and accessible to all.
August 13-14 – Living history, camps and demonstrations at several locations in the Gettysburg National Military Park. Free. www.nps.gov/gett or 717-334-1124 extension 8023.
August 17 – Presentation, “The Cartridge Box,” Jean Hershner, York Civil War Round Table. York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market Street, York. 7 p.m. Free.
August 18 – Presentation, “Civil War Voices from York County, Pa.” Jim McClure and Scott Mingus, York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market Street, York. 7 p.m. Free. Join the authors as they discuss their latest work – “Civil War Voices of York County: Remembering the Rebellion and the Gettysburg Campaign” Free copies of the book will be available to the first forty visitors! One book per person only.
August 18 – Presentation, “Barksdale’s Charge at Gettysburg.” Angie Atkinson. Hershey Civil War Round Table. Country Meadows, 451 Sand Hill Road, Main Bldg, 2nd Floor, Hershey. 7:30 p.m. Free.
August 18 – “Stories and Songs of a Civil War Hospital,” a candlelight program at Christ Church, 30 Chambersburg St, Gettysburg. 8 pm. Free. 717-334-5212. Learn the history of this beautiful downtown Gettysburg church which served as a hospital for 140 soldiers during and after the Battle of Gettysburg. Free of charge and accessible to all.
August 19 – Civil War Dance Ensemble Victorian Teaching Ball. York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market Street, York. 7 p.m. Featuring live period music by the Susquehanna Travellers. Guests will learn Victorian Dances, “stepping in time” to live music. *Free – Registration Required* To register please contact the YCHT at: 717-848-1587 x301
August 19-21 – Pennsylvania Civil War 150 Road Show, Penn Park, York. Free, with many associated events including living history, reeenactor encampments, Victorian dancing, demonstrations, lectures, and presentations.
August 19-20 – Annual Civil War Music Muster, daytime performances at the Gettysburg National Military Park visitor center, evening concerts at the Pennsylvania Memorial. Free. www.nps.gov/gett or 717-334-1124 extension 8023.
August 20-21 – Living history, camps and demonstrations at several locations in the Gettysburg National Military Park. Free. www.nps.gov/gett or 717-334-1124 extension 8023.
August 20-21 – Living history encampment. Tuscora Academy, Port Royal, Pa. Juniata County Historical Society will have Living History weekend at the Tuscarora Academy. We will have displays of our collection of CW artifacts. Civilian and soldier reenactors will share information about their roles during the CW. 8/20/11 (Saturday) presentation on CW medicine and 8/21/11 (Sunday) presentation on CW music.
August 25 – Battlewalk. “Sickles at Gettysburg.” Jim Hessler. The Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg. 6 p.m. Meet at the Peach Orchard.
August 27-28 – Living history, camps and demonstrations at several locations in the Gettysburg National Military Park. Free. www.nps.gov/gett or 717-334-1124 extension 8023.
August 31 – Art exhibition and lecture. “Meet Me at the Mason Dixon Line.” Artist Lisa Blas displays photographs, paintings, prints, and mixed media installation entitled “Meet Me at the Mason Dixon” at Schmucker Art Gallery. Exhibition: August 31- October 7, 2011; Tues-Sat. 10am-4pm. Also, a lecture by Kirk Savage, Professor and Chair, History of Art & Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, will be held in conjunction with the exhibition. Lecture: August 31, 2011; 4pm-5 pm. Free.