August 24, 2009
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SRU's Old Stone House hosts 'Civil War Weekend'
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House will host a "Civil War Weekend" Saturday and Sunday when the 10th Pennsylvania Reserve Re-enactors take the grounds to offer a living American history lesson.
The free event runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Activities will include a complete living history encampment, soldier competitions and battle re-enactments. The public will be encouraged to participate.
"A lot of living history events put visitors on the sidelines," said Aaron Cowan, assistant professor of history at SRU and curator of the Old Stone House. "Our Civil War re-enactors emphasize getting people involved."
The schedule includes a "Kids Militia" where youngsters can have a safe, fun and educational experience by participating in militia training and battle tactics used in the Civil War.
Living history interpreters will offer demonstrations of Civil War camp life, cooking, blacksmithing, children's games and music.
Special presentations will also emphasize the role of women - especially those known as "lady spies" - in the Civil War. "This event will offer something for everyone whether you're interested in the military aspect of the war, or the broader ways of life during the period," Cowan said.
The Old Stone House, one of Butler County's most recognized landmarks, will be open for guided tours and food concessions will also be available. The museum is located at the intersection of routes 8, 528, and 173.
Visit http://oldstonehousepa.wordpress.com for a full schedule of the weekend's events or contact Cowan at 724.738.2409 for further details.
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