April 15, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
Old Stone House hosts Civil War weekend
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The history of the Civil War comes to life from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 24-25 at Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House, one of Butler County's most recognized landmarks.
"The Old Stone House opens its doors once again this spring to celebrate the history of the American Civil War," said Aaron Cowen, assistant professor of history and facility curator.
The upcoming event will be in conjunction with the 10th Pennsylvania Reserves Mercer Rifles reenactment group. The free public program will highlight historic events, including drills and reenactments. Educational programs for Civil War buffs of all ages will be included.
A complete living history encampment, soldier competitions and battle re-enactments are planned.
"The Civil War weekend is traditionally one of our most popular events," Cowan said. "The 10th Pennsylvania 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 on hand will offer demonstrations of Civil War camp life, cooking, blacksmithing, children's games and music. Scheduled events also include a children's militia where youngsters can 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, and refreshments will be available. The history facilities is located in northern Butler County at the intersection of routes 8, 528 and 173.
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