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Road Show at Penn Park to highlight most engaging York County, Pa., Civil War observance in memory

This is a screen shot of the Pennsylvania Civil War 150th Road show’s main site. The site gives details about the trailer’s journeys throughout Pennsylvania for the next four years, including a stop in York on Aug. 19-21. Also of interest: Civil War affected women in York County – and vice versa and Isabel Small led procession of women who made wreath for Abe Lincoln’s coffin and Samuel Small tops York, Pa. community contributor list.

A 53-foot tractor trailer will roll into York County and park at York’s first park, Penn Park, from Aug.19 to 21.
It’s the Pennsylvania Civil War Road Show, a traveling exhibition that tells the story of the Civil War.
It was assembled to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, observed through 2015.
“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,” the show’s website says. (Visit the site: pacivilwar150.com and see a video of the show.) … .

To supplement the road show, the York County Heritage Trust has organized presentations from Civil War experts, period dances and music and a special showing of “Gone With the Wind” at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center.
The presence of the trailer and associated programming is the most engaging local Civil War observance in memory. Need proof? Check out this schedule.
The road show aside, the piece of the event I’m most anticipating is Jean Hershner’s presentation on “The Cartridge Box,” the newspaper published by the Civil War Hospital on Penn Park. The hospital and its newspaper are long overdue for scholarship, and its great that Jean is making progress on this rich topic. She is development director for Preservation Pennsylvania.
Her talk is set for 7 p.m., Aug. 17, at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St. It’s the program for August’s York Civil War Roundtable.
Here are some links that provide details about the 150th trailer and surrounding activities:
Road show’s Pa. schedule
Road show’s main site
Local events supplementing road show
A video showing the size of the road show.
Local voices of the Civil War
Read Yorkblogger Scott Mingus’ post of the Civil War Road Show.
All York Town Square Civil War posts from the start.
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