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August 25, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Civil War history comes to life
at SRU’s Old Stone House 

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Old Stone House, administered by Slippery Rock University, will open its doors to celebrate the history of the American Civil War with a special Sept. 18-19 weekend re-enactment.

 The free event is in conjunction with the 10th PA Reserves “Mercer Rifles” re-enactment group. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 This public program highlights historic events through 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 Old Stone House curator, “The 10th130PA is a tremendous group of volunteers who put together a 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, blacksmithing, children’s games and music. Scheduled events include a “kids’ militia” where children can participate in a safe, educational militia training experience and simulate battle tactics used in the Civil War.

The Old Stone House will be open for guided tours. Refreshments will be available.

The Old Stone House, one of Butler County’s most recognized landmarks, is located at the intersection of routes 8, 528, and 173.

For additional information call Cowan at 724.738.2409.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.




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