April 27, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU Civil War weekend offers historians chance to buff up
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Old Stone House, in conjunction with the 10th PA Reserves “Mercer Rifles” reenactment group, will celebrate the history of the American Civil War May 14-15.
The free program, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, highlights the historic event through a weekend of 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, SRU 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 include a “Kids’ Militia” where youngsters will have a safe and educational experience by participating in militia training and simulating 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, administered by SRU and one of Butler County’s most recognized landmarks, is located at the intersection of Routes 8, 528 and 173.
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