The PA Civil War 150 endorsed projects, events, publications and more are reflective of the organization's statewide intiative to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Pennsylvania. The relevant and creative endorsements bring history alive for the sesquicentennial.
The Gettysburg Story: Battlefield Auto Tour
This brand new audio tour and guide presents a gripping journey through the Gettysburg Battlefield following the official National Park Auto Tour route. It is based on the works of renowned historian and author, Gabor Boritt. For over thirty years, Boritt has given battlefield tours to luminaries ranging from Moses (aka Charlton Heston) to the President of the United States - and many others. Now this unique experience is brought to thousands more by acclaimed actor Stephen Lang (Avatar, Gods & Generals, Tombstone, Gettysburg). For new visitors and buffs alike, Lang's stunning performance brings alive the story of the battle and Lincoln's nation-changing address.
Hallowed Ground: Riverview Cemetery
This project seeks to produce a rack card brochure with a map guiding historians and visitors to more than 450 Civil War graves, including 19 Civil War Colored Troops graves in Riverview Cemetery, Huntingdon, Pa. The rack card will be distributed in the welcome center, the historical society and in local PA Civil War 150 events.
Lykens Valley PA Civil War Soldiers
A five year project of the Gratz Historical Society in Dauphin County that researches and documents the lives, genealogies and stories of the soldiers from the area who participated in the Civil War. The stories, photographs and collected information are available through a daily blog that can be found at http://civilwar.gratzpa.org. The goal of the project is to gather, preserve and share the history of local soldiers.
Civil War Voices from York County, Pa.
Written by Scott L. Mingus Sr. and James McClure, "Civil War Voices from York County, Pa." is a collection of oral histories, traditions and remembrances from indiividuals who remember what their grandparents told them about the Civi War. The authors also gathered letters, diaries and newspapers articles to create a story about York County's role in the war. Special emphasis is placed on the participation of women, African Americans and students during this perilous time.
Camp Crossman Event
This sesquicentennial event was a recreation of Camp Crossman, a training camp that was established on the Elias Shoemaker farm outside of Huntingdon, Pa. in September 1861. The encampment included demonstrations of artillery, infantry, cavalry practices and day-to-day activities of camp life. The living history programs that were presented were based on newspaper accounts of actual events that took place at Camp Crossman.
Camp Mason and Dixon
A living history military encampment portraying Camp Mason and Dixon, a federal camp that was established in Bedford County. The encampment will be held September 17, 2011 and be represented by the Pennsylvania Bucktails. The goal of the event is to bring awareness to the community of the role that Cumberland Valley Township of Bedford County played during the Civil War.