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March 28, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Old Stone House hosts 'Civil War' camp

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House will open its doors to American history April 12-13, when it hosts the 63rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry reenactment group for Civil War Weekend 2014.

The free public program will highlight historic events through a weekend of drills, re-enactments 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, SRU assistant professor of history and curator for the Old Stone House. "The 63rd 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, military drills, weaponry and clothing.

Scheduled events also include a "kids' militia" where children can enjoy a safe and educational experience by 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, will be open for tours during the weekend.

The historic stagecoach stop is located in northern Butler County at the intersection of routes 8, 528 and 173.

For additional information call Cowan at 724.738.2409.

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