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2nd Saturday Civil War Series: Behind the Scenes of Gettysburg with Michael G. Kraus

June 8 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm

In Person in the Lincoln Gallery at ACFL&MH
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Arguably the Battle of Gettysburg is the most studied event of the Civil War, with countless books, articles, and documentaries dedicated to fleshing out the event. In 1992, the Pulitzer Prize winning book The Killer Angels was adapted for film, hitting theaters the following summer retitled as Gettysburg. Now an American classic,
Gettysburg celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2023. Michael Kraus was hired as an on set historical consultant spending 6 weeks providing eyes for Director Ron Maxwell and his crew, keeping reenactors in historically correct gear and military formations for camera. Kraus’ position afforded an inside view to the production which he will share by commentary and slideshow.

Artist and Historian Michael G. Kraus is the Curator of Collections at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Pittsburgh. His impressive list of accomplishments as author, advisor and collector has culminated in the recognition of Kraus as an accredited authority on the Civil War. Having participated in battle re-enactments since 1966, and holding the rank of Captain, 116th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Irish Brigade, Kraus’ extensive knowledge has routinely been tapped as Military Consultant to such feature films and documentaries as Miramax’s Cold Mountain, Turner Pictures’ Gettysburg, and A&E Network’s Civil War Journal. The series Civil War Minutes, Inecom Entertainment, was co-written by and features Michael Kraus.

An award-winning artist, Mr. Kraus earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, and is the recipient of their Distinguished Alumnus Award. At present, he is one of a few contemporary sculptors of life-sized historical statuary in both stone and cast bronze. His acclaimed works include museum busts and plaques, and more than six large public monuments. Sought out for his skill in restoration, Mr. Kraus was called on to create and install the missing swords of General James Nagle, and Colonel Benjamin Christ on the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland. He also developed and applied the hand-forged patina on the bronze plaque honoring the memory of Flight 93, displayed in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. His latest commissions include a recently dedicated monument to Post 9/11 soldiers and two portrait busts of commanding generals from the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.

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