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Edinboro to commemorate 150th anniversary of Gettysburg with weeklong program and Civil War encampment


The Edinboro University Department of History, Anthropology and World Languages, in collaboration with 150th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry “Bucktails,” will present “Remembering Gettysburg and Beyond,” a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Emancipation Proclamation, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 24, and continuing through Sunday, Sept. 29.

The presentation of a Civil War encampment on the Edinboro campus from Sept. 27-29 by about 75 members of the “Bucktails” and guests from similar organizations will culminate the near-weeklong program of activities.

“The Department of History, Anthropology and World Languages is honored to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg alongside the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Bucktails.  This three-day battle that pitted brother against brother was and is a grim reminder of the real cost of war,” said Dr. Jerra Jenrette, chairperson of the Department of History, Anthropology and World Languages. “The two armies suffered more than 50,000 casualties combined, and many believe it was a turning point in the American Civil War.”  

Additional events include panel discussions and lectures by Edinboro University faculty and a concert of Civil War-era music. All events of “Remembering Gettysburg and Beyond” are free and open to the public 

On Sept. 24, Dr. Ronald Spiller will present “War Unrelenting: A Realistic Appraisal of Gettysburg.” A “Women in the Civil War” panel will be held on Sept. 25 featuring Dr. Jenrette on the topic of “They Fought Like Demons: Female Soldiers in the Civil War”; Dr. Martha Donkor discussing “African American Women”; Professor Amanda Frantz-Mamani presenting “Loreta Janeta Valazquez: Woman Warrior and Other Invisible Soldiers in the American Civil War”; and Dotty Cokinos on the subject of “Women of Northwestern Pennsylvania.” Dr. Lenore Barbian will present the lecture “To Bind Up the Nation's Wounds: Medicine During the Civil War” on Sept. 26.

All lectures and panels will be held in Compton Hall, Room 107A at 6 p.m.

On Sept 27 at 6 p.m. at the Gazebo overlooking Mallory Lake, the Concert Band of Northwest Pennsylvania, conducted by John Fleming, will bring to life the music of the era with “Brass Band Music of the Civil War.”

Throughout the day on Saturday, Sept. 28, living history demonstrations will be presented on the lawn between McComb Fieldhouse and Mallory Lake as part of the “Bucktails” Civil War encampment.

The 150th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry “Bucktails” is a group of living historians from Erie and Crawford counties and nearby areas who are dedicated to preserving the historical dignity of the Civil War through reenactments, demonstrations, displays, historical drama and other activities.

With roots that predate the Civil War, Edinboro University graduates have been making their mark as historians, filmmakers, animators, educators, business executives and high achievers in many other fields since 1857.