Each year Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall hosts a living history event in remembrance of the Civil War, guided by the Library & Music Hall’s own Civil War expert, Espy Post Curator Diane Klinefelter, and including the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves in uniform as docents and re-enactors. Other re-enactors also take part as well as historians and vendors of all sorts to share their knowledge of this time in our country’s history. This year’s event is Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. I have information about this year’s event below. I’ll be there taking photos as usual, and possibly doing some sketches.
In April 2011 and April 2012, as part of the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, ACFL&MH also hosted re-enactment events held in Carnegie Park where re-enactors encamped and staged historic battles. I photographed these two events at the Library & Music Hall and at Carnegie Park, as I have photographed these living history events for years. I was so moved by the solemnity and dignity of the re-enactors. Some of the images have stayed with me since that time and I’ve been wanting to share them in an exhibit since then.
I did my best to capture as many as possible without modern anachronisms such as cars, surrounding homes and electrical wires as well as visitors in street clothes and re-enactors using cell phones. These eight photos reflect just a few memorable sights from those events.
Here are the photos in the exhibit
Catching the Cadence
The First Shot
Thanks to Maggie Forbes and Diane Klinefelter for giving me the opportunity and the place to hang this exhibit.
Framed prints are for sale at $75.00 each; $25.00 of each sale is donated to ACFL&MH. Unframed prints are for sale at $25.00 each.
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Schedule for the Living History Event
Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall 2014 Civil War Living History Day – April 5, 2014
Ongoing – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tours of the Capt. Thomas Espy Post, 2nd Floor
Guns of Gettysburg Display, Studio – “B”
Photo Exhibit – Petersburg & The Crater, Library – 1st Floor
Civil War authors book signings, Reception Hall – 2nd Floor
Sutlers, Studio – “B”
Food Court, Music Hall Lobby – 1st Floor
Civil War Used Book Sale, Studio – “B”
Co. A, 9th PA Reserves drills, Outdoors West Lawn
Touring Stations: Civil War Medicine, Infantry, Artillery, Recruiting, Studio – “B”
Music Hall– 1st Floor, “The Dead Lay All About – Gettysburg: the Aftermath”, Kristopher D. White
Reception Hall – 2nd Floor, “Sweet Glory: a novel”, Lisa Y. Potocar
Music Hall– 1st Floor, Almost Famous Bluegrass Band Steven Moore & Friends
10:30; 12:15; 1:45 PM
Chartiers Cemetery Tours of the GAR Section, Shuttle in front of Library Steps