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Annual Civil War Living History Weekend
April 8, 2017 @ 12:00 am
Saturday, April 8, 2017
“Focus on Photography”
Capt. Thomas Espy GAR Post Tours (on-going every 20 minutes – 2 nd Floor (last tour is 4:00 PM) Lincoln Gallery (on-going self-guided tours – 2 nd Floor)
Photo Antiquities Display on Civil War Photography (Library)
Co. A, 9th Pennsylvania Reserves: Drills & Camp Life (Music Hall Lawn)
John Cummings, “Gettysburg Harvest of Death” (Music Hall) 10:15 AM One of the most elusive group of Civil War battlefield photographs has been the image known as “The Harvest of Death” showing the same bodies from a near opposite angle. The group was made in the days following the battle, most probably July 6, 1863. There have been three prevailing ideas as to the precise location of this ghastly scene. Mr. Cummings will present his theory on where the picture was actually taken.
Chartiers Cemetery Tour of the GAR Civil War Section 11:30 AM –12:30 PM (Shuttle to and from cemetery – at Library steps)
Book Sale, Food & Beverages, Vendors (Studio) 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Photo Antiquities Museum, “Civil War Photography” (Music Hall) 1:00 PM Photography was still in its infancy, yet enthusiastic photographers made their way to the battlefields with burdensome cameras, glass plate negatives and caustic chemicals. The images provided posterity with a comprehensive visual record of the war and its leading figures and made a powerful impression on the populace. This talk covers the development of photography and the difficulties of the photographers who risked their lives to make a visual record of The Civil War.
Chartiers Cemetery Tour of the GAR Civil War Section 2:30 –3:30 PM (Shuttle to and from cemetery – at Library steps)
Blue Grass Concert – Fern Hollow (Music Hall) Free 5:00 PM
It is strongly recommended that the free shuttle service be utilized as there is limited parking at the Library. Continuous free shuttle service is available starting at 9:50 AM. You may park in any of the municipal parking lots for free. Shuttle pick up stop is the parking lot across from Carnegie Coffee on Main Street near One Thirty One