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Civil War events – May 2011 – south-central Pennsylvania

Photo of a Civil War reenactor band taken at the April 2011 Neshaminy Civil War event near Bensalem, Pennsylvania.
With the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War now in full swing. interest in local events has been very strong. The Neshaminy event drew huge crowds to the state park along the Delaware River outside of Phiiladelphia, and a kick-off event the same weekend over in Gettysburg also was well attended (too bad they were on the same day!).
Here is a list of some of the events in south-central Pennsylvania in May.


May 7 – Butternut & Blue Day, The York Emporium, 343 W. Market Street, York PA. For more information contact Jim Lewin at (717) 846-2866. Free.
May 12 – Free lecture. “Civil War in the Cinema,” Rob Hodge. Lancaster Civil War Round Table. 7 p.m. Lititz Public Library, Lititz, PA.
May 13 – “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.
May 13 – Free lecture. “Remembering Those Who Sacrificed: Preserving Their Monuments & Guns at Gettysburg,” Victor C. Gavin. Harrisburg Civil War Round Table. 8 p.m. Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass & Rte US 11&15, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 17011, (717) 763-7117.
May 13-14 – Seminar and tour “Jackson in the Lower Valley: Spring and Summer 1861,” based in Chambersburg PA. Details: www.civilwarseminars.org.
May 14 – Walking tour. “Civil War Walking Tour of Carlisle,” 12 noon, Cumberland County Historical Society, 21 N Pitt Street, Carlisle PA. $8. Lucy Wolf, 717/249-7610 or reception@historicalsociety.com
May 14-15 – Living history, camps and demonstrations at several locations in the Gettysburg National Military Park. Free. www.nps.gov/gett or 717-334-3460 extension 8023.
May 14-15 – Living history, camps, and demonstrations. 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry. 12 noon. Free. American Civl War Wax Museum, 297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg PA 17325, 717-334-6245 or info@gettysburgmuseum.com.
May 18 – Free lecture. Joseph Stahl – “Identification Discs of Union Soldiers in the Civil War at Gettysburg”, York Civil War Round Table, 7 p.m.. Meet at York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market Street, York.
May 19 – Free lecture. The Hershey Civil War Round Table. 7 p.m. at Country Meadows: 451 Sand Hill Road, Main Bldg, 2nd Floor. Hershey PA.
May 21-22 – Living history, camps, and demonstrations. 7th South Carolina Infantry. 12 noon. Free. American Civl War Wax Museum, 297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg PA 17325, 717-334-6245 or info@gettysburgmuseum.com.
May 21-22 – Army Heritage Days. This is a free living history event examining every period of Army history from the French and Indian War through Current Operations. The event features lectures, demonstrations, a book sale, hundreds of re-enactors and a display of current operations equipment. 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Location: U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle PA 17013. Event Contact: Carl, 717-245-3641 or CARL_AHEC-VES@conus.army.mil Website: www.USAHEC.org
May 26 – Free lecture. “Imboden’s Wagon Train,” Steve French. Gettysburg Civil War Round Table, 7 p.m. GAR Hall, 53 E. Middle Street, Gettysburg.
May 27-30. Civil War Trails Road Bike Tour – Road to Freedom Ride. Penn Trails’ Civil War Trails Road Bike Tours travel through the beautiful South Mountain and Cumberland Valley region of South Central Pennsylvania, linking the area’s historical, cultural and outdoors assets to the United States Sesquicentennial Commemoration of The Civil War. The Underground Railroad is known most for its secretive network that once helped runway slaves. It is true that hiding places, cubbyholes and code words needed to be used by abolitionists below the Mason-Dixon line, as slavery existed in the South. Yet, the Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania is better understood by learning the stories of intense struggles conducted by the people living in the Cumberland Valley. For understanding their history can change our knowledge of the Underground Railroad in profound ways. – The full three-day tour extends approximately 70 miles as we journey through the northern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains, connecting us to Franklin, Adams and Cumberland Counties. Penn Trails, 717-486-4455, Website: www.civilwarbiketours.com
May 28-29 – Living history, camps and demonstrations at the Mercer & Fonthill Museums in Doylestown. 10 am-5 pm Saturday, noon-5 pm Sunday. Free with admission. www.mercermuseum.org.
May 28-29 – Living history, camps and demonstrations at several locations in the Gettysburg National Military Park. Free. www.nps.gov/gett or 717-334-3460 extension 8023.
May 28-29 – Living history, camps, and demonstrations. 55th Virginia Infantry. 12 noon. Free. American Civl War Wax Museum, 297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg PA 17325, 717-334-6245 or info@gettysburgmuseum.com.
May 29 – Living history / lecture / tour. “Epitaphs: Stories Behind the Stones” Free. 2:00 PM – 5:00 p.m., Cedar Grove Cemetery, Hood Street, Chambersburg PA. Contact: Franklin County Historical Society – Kittochtinny, Ann Hull, 717 264-1667 or history@pa.net. Website: http://pafch.tripod.com
May 30 – 144th Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies. Gettysburg. The parade will form on Lefever Street at 1 PM and move at 2 PM proceeding west on East Middle then turning south on Baltimore where it will enter the Gettysburg National Cemetery through the Baltimore Street Gate. The annual Service at the Soldiers National Monument in the Gettysburg National Cemetery will follow at 3 PM.