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York CWRT to discuss Lewis Miller and the American Civil War on November 19


The York Civil War Round Table will feature Daniel Roe, Director of Education at the York County Heritage Trust, as their featured speaker at the monthly meeting on November 19, 2014. Mr. Roe will present a PowerPoint talk on “Lewis Miller and the American Civil War.”

The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening in the auditorium of the York County Heritage Trust at 250 E. Market St. in downtown York, Pennsylvania. There is no charge for admission and the public is welcome!

VoicesLewis Miller’s colorful image of a Union regiment marching to the train station in downtown York is featured on the cover of a Civil War book by York bloggers Jim McClure and Scott Mingus. The book is available at the YCHT gift shop.

Lewis Miller, known as the “Chronicler of York,” is best described for his detailed sketches highlighting the average people and daily life of nineteenth century York County, PA.  However, Miller was a witness to the American Civil War, and like many other events, Miller captured his emotions and opinions through his drawings. Research for the Trust’s newest exhibit “The Fiery Trial: York County’s Civil War Experience” has yielded many of Miller’s Civil War themed depictions that offer a one of a kind view of the Civil War from a local and national perspective.

Join Dan Roe for an interpretive discussion featuring more than 30 Miller sketches from the Trust’s collections, specifically related to the Civil War. Attendees will also have an opportunity to browse “The Fiery Trial” exhibit as well as a new installation of the Trust’s Lewis Miller Gallery, themed around the Trust’s newest publication “Lewis Miller’s People.” Copies will be available for purchase in the Trust’s gift shop.

DanRoeDan Roe is the Director of Education at the York County Heritage Trust. He attended Kutztown University of Pennsylvania graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in History and minor in Political Science. Dan has been with the Trust for six and a half years, serving in various positions within the Trust’s Education Department. Dan served as Exhibit Curator and Project Manager for the Trust’s latest exhibit “The Fiery Trial: York County’s Civil War Experience.” He has been in the Public History field for close to ten years previously working at the Berks County Heritage Center, and interning with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission at the Daniel Boone Homestead. He was the recipient of the PA Museums 2014 Individual Achievement Award – Emerging Museum Professional.

Upcoming local Civil War events:

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* The York County Parks is sponsoring a special open house and public discussion on November 18 at the Hanover Junction Depot Museum off Route 616 in Hanover Junction PA. Various historians, authors, and Civil War buffs will discuss Abraham Lincoln’s November 18, 1863, visit to Hanover Junction, with an emphasis on whether or not the 16th president posed for a series of photos which some observers believe show him as he awaited his train to Gettysburg to deliver the Gettysburg Address. There is no charge for this event and the public is most welcome. Author Scott Mingus will be signing copies of his new booklet “The Northern Central Railway in the Civil War,” and all proceeds from that booklet go directly to the York County Parksto support their preservation activities.

* Steam into History Inc. continues its popular series of Civil War excursion train rides with Abraham Lincoln reenactor James Hayney this weekend. All rides go from the New Freedom office to Hanover Junction.

* The annual Remembrance Day reenactor parade in Gettysburg will be Saturday at1 p.m. Because of heavy construction on the traditional route on Steinwehr Avenue, the route will this year be diverted onto Taneytown Road.