Sunday, March 14, 2010

2010 Calendar of Events

A sharpshooter from a local regiment searches for the Confederates.

A number of educational and interpretive events regarding the Civil War are held in Blair County and the Central PA area throughout the year. These events range from living history/reenactment programs, guest lectures, film series, exhibits, free events, historical tours, and bus trips. The events listed below are those scheduled for Blair County thus far for this year. If you know of or are hosting an event you would like included on the list, feel free to contact us. Thank you!

4th Wednesday of Each Month - Descendants of Civil War Veterans meeting - A guest lecturer leads the historical discussion at this monthly meeting at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library.

March 20 - The Logan Guard will be present at the Irish Heritage Parade, Tyrone, PA. 2 p.m.

April 9 - History Encampment - Hosted by the Penn State Altoona History Society. Come see a history village composed of Civil War and WWII reenactors. Free and open to the general public. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

April 10 - Antiques Sale - Join us for our 5th Annual Springtime at Royer Mansion - ANTIQUES, CRAFTS, & MORE FOR SALE. It will be held on Saturday, April 10th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 per person (children 12 and under, free). Stroll through historic Royer Mansion and browse the great selection of affordable antiques and gifts for sale.

April 13 - Sisters and Surgeons: A Brief Lesson in Civil War Medicine - Presented by Julie and Doug Decker at the Tyrone History Museum. Julie will portray Sister Camilla O'Keefe, and Doug will portray Maj. John H. Brinton, M.D. 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

May 15 - The Logan Guard will have a Civil War Encampment on the grounds of Altoona's VA Hospital. This even is free and open to the public throughout the day.

May Date TBA - Memorial Day Parade and Service including the Keystone Regiment, the Colonel Crowther Foundation, and Colonel Crowther Camp 89 of the Sons of Union Veterans. Held in Tyrone, PA.

May 31 - The Logan Guard will be featured in Bellwood's Memorial Day Parade. Celebration begins at 9 a.m.

June 5 - Bus Tour
- The Colonel Crowther Foundation is pleased to announce a special bus trip to Winchester, Virginia for guided interpretive tours of the 1st Kernstown Battlefields and the Pritchard House. This battle, Stonewall Jackson’s only defeat, was the first significant engagement for two regiments from central Pennsylvania, the 110th and 84th Pennsylvania Volunteers. The battle, fought on two adjoining farms, is considered the beginning of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign. Participants will tour both properties and the Pritchard House. We will travel on a 55 passenger Fullington Trailways bus from Tyrone to Winchester and return.

The bus will leave Tyrone at
8 a.m. We will make one stop at Bedford Square for people there who are joining the tour. We will arrive at the Kernstown Battlefield Association’s Visitor’s Center around 10:30 am. Dr. Bob Hileman, volunteer interpreter for KBA and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley at Rose Hill, will lead a tour of the Pritchard House and battlefield in the morning. A catered lunch will be served after the tours on the battlefield in KBA’s activities building. KBA President Gary Crawford will speak on the history and future plans for the Pritchard property. After lunch the group will move to Rose Hill where the second phase of the battle was fought. Dr. Hileman will lead a tour of that property in the afternoon. It is anticipated that we will leave Winchester around 3:45 pm. The bus will stop at the Bob Evans Restaurant in Breezewood for dinner. Participants will order what they like from the menu. Cost of the dinner is not included in the cost for the tour.

The cost for the tour including lunch is $55.00 per person. Included in this price is the cost of the bus, the driver’s tip, cost of lunch, and a per-person donation to the Kernstown Battlefield Association and the Museum of the
Shenandoah Valley. The Foundation contribution box will be onboard for those who would like to make a donation to support the foundation’s living history educational programs.

Reservations should be made as soon as possible. For details and Reservation Form contact the Colonel Crowther Foundation,
318 Mifflin Street Huntingdon, PA 16652
or call Bob or Carol Hileman at 814-641-0353. Full payment in advance with the completed form is requested. Seats will be filled in the order that reservation payments are received. Credit card payments are accepted. A $5.00 service charge will be added for credit card payments to offset the Colonel Crowther Foundation’s cost of processing electronic payments through Hileman House.

June 19 & 20 - Encampment and Battle Reenactment at Old Bedford Village featuring hundreds of troops, cannons, and horses.

July 31-August 1 - Camp Crossman Encampment during the Colonel Crowther Days in Tyrone, PA's Reservoir Park.

September 26-27 - Civil War Encampment at Delgrosso's Amusement Park's Annual Harvest Fest. Come learn about life during the War Between the States between roller coaster rides.

October 2 - Tuckahoe Street Fair in Bellwood - will feature the The Logan Guard along with the Bellwood Historical Society, crafts, food, and music.

October 30 - Halloween Parade - Begins in Hollidaysburg at 6 p.m. The fall festivities will include Civil War reenactors.

More events to be listed soon!

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