March 14, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
PA 10th Mercer Rifles join Old Stone House Civil War weekend
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Old Stone House will open its grounds March 31 and April 1 to celebrate the history of the U.S. Civil War, including the 10th Pennsylvania Reserves Mercer Rifles reenactors.
This public program, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. opening day and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1, highlights the war-between-the-states through drills, reenactments and educational programs for Civil War buffs of all ages.
Activities will include a living history encampment, soldier competitions and battle re-enactments. “The Civil War weekend is traditionally one of our most popular events,” said Aaron Cowan, assistant professor of history and Old Stone House curator. “The 10th PA is a tremendous group of volunteers who put together a very fun and interactive event. They’re very enthusiastic about sharing Civil War history with the public.”
Living history interpreters will offer demonstrations of Civil War camp life, cooking, children’s games and music.
Scheduled events also include a “kids’ militia” in which youngsters will enjoy a safe and educational experience participating in militia training and simulating battle tactics used in the Civil War.
The Old Stone House, one of Butler County’s most recognized landmarks, is located in northern Butler County at the intersection of routes 8, 528 and 173.
The event is free, but a $3 per person, or $5 per family donation is encouraged.
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