Civil War 150

Events and dates are tentative, and may be subject to change. If you have a question about a specific event, please contact the listed person for that event.
   
All events have had their dates set, but may still be tentative.
 

Previous Events

 
Banners of the Fallen - The Battle of Five Forks (April 1, 1865)
3/3/2014 to 8/2015

NCWM – 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
2015 “Banners of the Fallen” scheduled for the fifth year of commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.
The Museum will place “Banners of the Fallen” (flags) in honor of those killed in action during a significant Civil War battle on each battle anniversary. These flags are placed in front of the Museum building, each flag representing one soldier killed in action during that battle.
The Battle of Five Forks (April 1, 1865) had a total of 124 Union soldiers & 500 Confederate soldiers killed in action.

Contact: The National Civil War Museum

Banners of the Fallen - The Battle of Bentonville (March 19-21, 1865)
3/14/2015 to 3/26/2015

NCWM – 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
2015 “Banners of the Fallen” scheduled for the fifth year of commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.
The Museum will place “Banners of the Fallen” (flags) in honor of those killed in action during a significant Civil War battle on each battle anniversary. These flags are placed in front of the Museum building, each flag representing one soldier killed in action during that battle.
The Battle of Bentonville (March 19-21, 1865) had a total of 191 Union soldiers & 239 Confederate soldiers killed in action.  

Contact: The National Civil War Museum

150th Spring Civil War Lecture with Dr. Claudia Floyd
3/28/2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm

NCWM – 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
"Defiance on the Border:  Maryland Confederate Women Versus their Union Occupiers"
Dr. Floyd is a retired professor of history from Baltimore's Stevenson University.
Entrance to the presentation is included with your museum admission.  NCWM members are free.

Contact: The National Civil War Museum

150th Spring Civil War Lecture with Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr.
4/11/2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm

NCWM – 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
"Closing Down the Kingdom: The Wilmington Campaign, 1861-1865"
Dr. Fonvielle, Jr. is an associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
Entrance to the presentation is included with your museum admission.  NCWM members are free.

Contact: The National Civil War Museum

Lincoln Funeral Train
4/12/2015 3:00 pm

Harris-Cameron Mansion 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104
In conjunction with the Dauphin County CivilWar150 anniversary celebrations, The Historical Society of Dauphin County hosts a presentation on the Lincoln Funeral Train by Joseph Garrera on April 12, 2015, at 3:00 PM.  Mr. Garrera is the Executive Director of the Lehigh County Historical Society and Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum and currently serves on several prominent Lincoln organizations’ Board of Directors including the esteemed Abraham Lincoln Association in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln-related artifacts from the HSDC collections will also be on exhibit.
A suggested donation of $5 is requested. Admission is Free for members of the Historical Society of Dauphin County. A guided tour of the Harris-Cameron Mansion will be offered at 1:00 pm. The Research Library of the HSDC will also be open 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Free parking is available in the lot behind the mansion.
America’s largest outpouring of national grief occurred when President Abraham Lincoln died on April 15, 1865.  One week later, on April 21st, his nine-car funeral train steamed out of Washington D.C. for what became the most historic train journey in American history.  Pennsylvania played a historic role in the national ceremonies.  Lincoln’s open coffin was placed in state at the House of Representatives in Harrisburg.  More than one million people looked upon Lincoln’s face in the open casket during the train’s journey; millions more lined the tracks to honor his memory as the funeral train passed. The entire nation was transfixed by what scholars believe was the largest funeral in American history.
 

Contact: Nicole McMullen 233-3462

150th Spring Civil War Lecture with Patrick Schroeder
4/18/2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm

NCWM – 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
"The Myths of Lee's Surrender"
Mr. Schroeder is a historian at the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Entrance to the presentation is included with your museum admission.  NCWM members are free.

Contact: The National Civil War Museum

Lincoln Train Commemoration at the Pa. State Capitol Rotunda
4/22/2015 11:45 

State Capitol Rotunda
Coming Home Project as we gather in the State Capitol Rotunda to commemorate the historic Licoln Funeral Trail.

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150th Spring Civil War Lecture with Dr. Mark Grimsley
4/25/2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm

NCWM – 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
"The Grant-Sherman Partnership"
Dr. Grimsley is an associate professor of history at the Ohio State University.
Entrance to the presentation is included with your museum admission.  NCWM members are free.

Contact: The National Civil War Museum

The Lincoln Funeral Train Narration and Music by Kent Courtney
4/25/2015 11am, 1pm and 4pm

Steam Into History Train Excursions, 2 West Main Street, New Freedom, PA, 17349
The Lincoln Funeral Train will be commemorated with historical narrative and music by Kent Courtney. Kent is author of “Returning to the Civil War” and has released 9 CDs of historical folk music. Kent is frequently on the History Channel, PBS, The Discovery Channel, American Heroes Channel, BBC, and many others.   In April, Kent will be featured on the History Channel program “April, 1865”, portraying General John Breckenridge, who surrendered the Confederate government to General William Sherman.  Steam Train Excursion tickets may be purchased online at http://www.steamintohistory.com  April 25 excursions are at 11am, 1pm and 4pm.  April 26 excursions are at 1pm and 2:30pm

Contact: http://www.steamintohistory.com

The Lincoln Funeral Train Narration and Music by Kent Courtney
4/26/2015 1pm and 2:30pm

Steam Into History Train Excursions, 2 West Main Street, New Freedom, PA, 17349
The Lincoln Funeral Train will be commemorated with historical narrative and music by Kent Courtney. Kent is author of “Returning to the Civil War” and has released 9 CDs of historical folk music. Kent is frequently on the History Channel, PBS, The Discovery Channel, American Heroes Channel, BBC, and many others.   In April, Kent will be featured on the History Channel program “April, 1865”, portraying General John Breckenridge, who surrendered the Confederate government to General William Sherman.  Steam Train Excursion tickets may be purchased online at http://www.steamintohistory.com  April 26 excursions are at 1pm and 2:30pm

Contact: http://www.steamintohistory.com

Midland Cemetery Veterans Memorial Service
5/23/2015 1:00 pm

206 Kelker Street, Swatara Twp
Friends of Midland will hold its annual memorial service to honor the veterans interred at the Historic Midland Cemetery and elsewhere. The United States Colored Troops, Buffalo Soldiers and many others.

Contact: Barbara Barksdale/ 717-579-0003

Unveiling of an African American Soldier figure “Ephraim Slaughter” from Harrisburg, PA
5/27/2015 9:00 a.m.

NCWM – 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
The museum will dedicate a life-size figure of African-American soldier, Ephraim Slaughter. Slaughter, who enlisted and fought in the Civil War under the name Ephraim Newsome, served in Company B, 37th United States Colored Troops (USCT) He came to Harrisburg in 1869 and died in his 97th year on February 17, 1943. He was the last living veteran of Dauphin County to serve in the American Civil War.
More details to follow.   

Contact: The National Civil War Museum

Bethel Trail book signing and exhibit
5/29/2015 TBA

Harris-Cameron Mansion 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104
Book signing by Dr. Michael Barton and exhibit of family histories.
 
In conjunction with the Dauphin County CivilWar150 anniversary celebrations, the Historical Society of Dauphin County hosts a presentation on the new book Along the Bethel Trail: The Journey of an African American Faith Community.
This new book is an anthology of articles by area authors, scholars and humanists that guides readers through the history of this resilient congregation in relationship to the legacy and impact on the community that it serves. The Bethel AME Church was founded in 1835 and had five locations over its history. The book supports Harrisburg’s Bethel Trail, which follows the landmark sites of the Bethel AME congregation and community across Harrisburg's urban development. Interpretive panels along the Bethel Trail honor the service and legacy of the African American patriots of the Civil War and highlight important and historic civic events in Harrisburg. 
Along with the book release and program, there will be an exhibit of family histories. Admission is free and free parking is available in the lot behind the mansion.
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The Harris-Cameron Mansion was built c. 1766 by John Harris, Jr., one of the founders of Harrisburg. In 1863, it was purchased by Simon Cameron, Lincoln's first Secretary of War and later Ambassador to Russia. Cameron transformed the Georgian-style house into a Victorian mansion and lived there until his death in 1889. The house became the headquarters of the historical society in 1941.
 
The Historical Society of Dauphin County was founded in 1869 to collect, preserve, exhibit, publish, and promote interest in the history of Dauphin County for the education, enjoyment, and benefit of the public. For more information about our programs or becoming a member, visit www.dauphincountyhistory.org, call 233-3462, or e-mail office@dauphincountyhistory.org.

Contact: Nicole McMullen 233-3462

Ephriam Slaughter Parade
5/30/2015 12:00 pm

Parade will start at Camp Curtin Academy School, Sixth and Division Streets
Proceed down Sixth Street to Harris Street
Turn left on Harris Street to Ephriam Slaughter American Legion Post 733
Light refreshments will be given to all who come,beginning at 2 PM 

Contact: Calobe Jackson Jr.

Open Stage of Harrisburg's original production, STORIES FROM HOME: "People Who Care"
6/5/2015 to 06/21/2015

223 Walnut St, Harrisburg, PA 17101
"People Who Care," will trace the history of The Home for the Friendless (now Homeland Center) from its founding at the end of the Civil War as a home for orphans and widows of war dead to the efforts of human service in the city in the present day. Performances are Friday, June 5, Sat, June 6, Thursday, June 11, Fri., June 12, and Sat., June 13, Thursday, June 18, Fri., June 19, and Sat., June 20, all at 8 PM. Sunday matinees are June 14 and 21 at 2 PM. Visit openstagehbg.com for tickets or call 717-214-3248 for reservations and group sales.  The production will feature video, interviews, storytelling, and music.

Contact: Anne Alsedek 717-418-1603

"The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls," Exhibit Opening Reception
6/19/2015 5:30pm-7:30pm

NCWM – 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
Michael Boulware Moore, great, great grandson of Congressman Robert Smalls will present "The Life and Legacy of Robert Smalls," offering additional insights and personal, family recollections on his accomplishments.
Following the presentation, the "The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls," a traveling exhibit on loan from the Robert Smalls Collection and managed by the South Carolina State Museum will open.
Admission to the wine & cheese reception is $10.00 per person with complimentary admission for Museum members. Advance reservations are required.  Click here to register online or call 717.260.1861 x1130.

Contact: The National Civil War Museum

Quilts 20/20: Traditional Roots, Contemporary Art
6/19/2015 to August 30, 2015

Susquehanna Art Museum, 1401 North Third Street
This exhibition of contemporary and traditional quilts honors the traditional roots of the quilt, shown side by side with the art quilts by today's cutting edge fiber artists. The design of the quilt, whether made in the nineteenth century or the twenty-first century, holds dynamic strength in color, form and line. The juxtaposition continues the dialog between the two worlds and furthers the research relating a traditional craft to what has become studio art.

Contact: Tina Sell 717.233.8668 ext. 2002

Community Free Day – Highlighting our new exhibit “The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls”
6/20/2015 

NCWM – 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
Please join us with friends and family on our community free day to visit our newest exhibit!  “The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls.”
Robert Smalls was a South Carolina born slave who piloted eighteen slaves to freedom on a boat in Charleston Harbor in 1862. He later aided the Union Army and Navy during the war. After the close of hostilities, Smalls was a businessman, served in the South Carolina State House and Senate, was a militia officer in his native state, and became a United States Congressman. He died in 1915.  
Admission to the museum is free for all on this day!

Contact: The National Civil War Museum

Camp Curtin and Harrisburg’s role in the Civil War
6/22/2015 6:00 PM

Camp Curtin Church, 2221 N. 6th Street, Hbg.
The North’s largest training camp deployed 400,00 union soldiers. It and the State Capital made Harrisburg Robert E. Lee’s ultimate target. Presented by Civil War historian and HHA member Jim Schmick.  Lecture is free and will be held At Camp Curtin Church, 2221 N. 6th Street, at 6:00 PM.

Contact: Cindy Essig 717-233-4646

Civi War Historian Jim Schmick Lecture
6/22/2015 6:00 pm

2221 N. Sixth Street in Uptown Harrisburg
Noted Pennsylvania Civil War historian and author Jim Schmick will give an illustrated talk on “Camp Curtin and Harrisburg’s Role in the Civil War,” Monday, June 22 at 6 PM at the Camp Curtin Memorial Mitchell United Methodist Church 2221 N. Sixth Street in Uptown Harrisburg.
            The program will include a tour of the historic church which itself is a memorial to Civil War soldiers who died in battle.  Established on the site of Camp Curtin, the Union’s largest Civil War-era military facility (which closed 150 years ago, in 1865), the present church, completed in 1916, is noteworthy for its monumental mural of Christ comforting a wounded soldier, and it remains the only religious memorial to the Civil War.
            As a training camp that deployed more than 300,000 Union soldiers, Camp Curtin and the Pennsylvania State Capitol made Harrisburg the ultimate target of Robert E. Lee’s Northern invasion.  In addition to the church named in its memory, Camp Curtin is further memorialized by the adjoining Camp Curtin State Park, a small plaza that features a monument and statue of Andrew G. Curtin, Pennsylvania’s Civil War-era Governor who was instrumental in putting the Keystone State squarely in support of President Lincoln and the Union cause.
            Schmick is co-founder and President of the Camp Curtin Historical Society which was formed in 1990 to coordinate and preserve this important piece of Civil War history.  On November 11, 2015, a dual anniversary will note the 150th anniversary of the closing of Camp Curtin and the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Society.
            Earlier this year church and community leaders launched a fundraising campaign to restore and preserve the bell tower of the historic Romanesque-revival-style church, whose centennial will be observed in 2016.  In addition to being a prominent landmark on the Uptown skyline, the Church is an important focal point of community life and social service.  In April, Historic Harrisburg Association pledged $2,000 from its Community Historic Preservation Fund to help kick off the campaign.
            Following the program and historic tour, expected to last about an hour in total, complimentary refreshments will be served.  The event is open to the public free of charge.  More information may be requested at info@historicharrisburg.com or 717.233.4646. 

Contact: Jim Schmick 233-4646

Civil War 150 Family Workshop Inspired by Artist David Bustill Bowser
7/11/2015 10:00 - 2:00 pm

Susquehanna Art Museum - 1401 North 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102
Visit the museum with your family between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 11 and create a collaborative work of art that is inspired by the life and works of David Bustill Bowser. Explore history through art in conjunction with the Dauphin County Civil War 150 anniversary celebrations. Join artist and educator Nancy Mendes in a rewarding family experience of learning, creating and remembering.
 A 30 minute discussion about the artist's life and work will be offered at 10:00 am, followed by an art making project for the whole family from 10:30 to 12:00 noon. At 12:00 noon, Nancy will repeat the discussion, followed by second opportunity to create artwork as a family from 12:30 - 2:00pm.
 This workshop will be offered at no additional cost to museum visitors. SAM members enjoy free admission. Regular adult admission is $8. Discounted admission for seniors, vets, students and educators is $5. Children under 12 years old accompanied by an adult are free.

Contact: Susquehanna Art Museum

The Life and Times of Harriet Jacobs Based on the book "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl"
7/11/2015 5:00 pm

Susquehanna Art Museum - 1401 North 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA
The presentation is a creative performance of storytelling, poetry and inspirational songs.The presentation will performed by Lynn Blackston and it will be based on the life of Harriet Jacobs who was born into slavery in Edenton, North Carolina in 1818 a mulatto, a great granddaughter of a South Carolina planter; she was taught to read and write by her owner’s wife and experienced a pleasant childhood. When she was ten she began to realize that she was enslaved. Harriet escaped from her master’s house to her grandmother’s house where she spent 7 years living in a crawl space above a storeroom in her grandmother’s home. In 1842, Harriet finally escaped to the north she then became active in the anti-slavery movement and wrote the book “Incidents in the life of a slave girl” which was published in Boston 1860 under the pen name of Linda Brent.

Contact: Susquehanna Art Museum

"Glory" on the Lawn
7/31/2015 8:30 PM

The National Civil War Museum
The Dauphin County Commissioners invite you to a special showing of the Academy Award Winning movie, Glory. The movie will be held on the Lawn at the National Civil War Museum on Friday, July 31st at 8:30 pm. Based upon the US Civil War, Robert Gould Shaw leads the first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.
The event is free to attend and will include a free tour of the museum from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. In the case of inclement weather, the movie will be held inside. For additional information please call, Dauphin County Parks & Recreation Office at 717-599-5188. 

Contact: Dauphin County Parks & Recreation Office at 717-599-5188

150th Fall Civil War Lecture with Garry Adelman
9/5/2015 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

NCWM – 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
Garry Adelman presents “1865 and Beyond: The people, places and events that created the legacy of the Civil War.” This program will show case unique photographic images of the period.
Garry Adelman is the Director of History and Education for the Civil War Trust
Entrance to the presentation is included with your museum admission.  NCWM members are free.

Contact: The National Civil War Museum

The 13th Amendment - The Second Step of the On Going Journey to Full Citizenship
9/12/2015 1:00pm- 2:00pm

NCWM – 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
Carl Westmoreland presents “Slavery to Freedom”.
Carl Westmoreland is the curator and senior advisor at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.
Entrance to the presentation is included with your museum admission.  NCWM members are free.

Contact: The National Civil War Museum

150th Fall Civil War Lecture with Dr. Brian Mathew Jordan
9/19/2015 1:00pm- 2:00pm

NCWM – 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
Dr. Brian Mathew Jordan presents "The War Over the Peace:  Reconstruction After the Civil War."
Dr. Brian Mathew Jordan teaches history at Gettysburg College
Entrance to the presentation is included with your museum admission.  NCWM members are free.

Contact: The National Civil War Museum

150th Fall Civil War Lecture with Historian Kevin M. Levin
9/26/2015 1:00pm- 2:00pm

NCWM – 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA
Author and Historian Kevin M. Levin presents "Black Confederates Out of the Attic and Into the Mainstream"
Kevin M. Levin is an independent historian in Boston. He has published extensively on a wide range of topics related to the Civil War in popular magazines and academic journals and is the author of Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War is Murder (2012). You can find him online at his blog, Civil War Memory, [http://cwmemory.com]. ; Entrance to the presentation is included with your museum admission.  NCWM members are free.

Contact: The National Civil War Museum

Grand Review Program
11/14/2015 TBA

Harris-Cameron Mansion 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104
Presentation by Dauphin County Commissioners and actor portraying Simon Cameron. Open House with Victorian Dance Ensemble

Contact: Nicole McMullen 233-3462