Civil War Initiatives Continue at GCC/Lima With Encampment and Re-Enactment

History comes alive at the Lima Campus Center of Genesee Community College in April. To mark the 150th anniversary of our nation's most divisive conflict, Civil War re-enactors will offer three days of battle drills, artillery demos and day-in-the-life activities, allowing visitors to experience living conditions in a Civil War camp.

Lima, New York—History comes alive at the Lima Campus Center of Genesee Community College in April. To mark the 150th anniversary of our nation’s most divisive conflict, Civil War re-enactors will offer three days of battle drills, artillery demos and day-in-the-life activities, allowing visitors to experience living conditions in a Civil War camp.

Re-enactors in authentic uniforms, as well as period-dressed civilians who provide medical assistance, comfort and support, will also roam the grounds, offering a historical perspective on the turbulent events that re-shaped the United States.

The free events will include skirmishes between the Union and Confederate soldiers, spinning demonstrations, a lecture about the Underground Railroad, a portrayal of American Red Cross founder Clara Barton by award-winning actress Eleanor Stearns, a concert by the renowned Excelsior Fife and Drum Band, a twilight tour of the camps, and on Sunday morning, an inter-faith service featuring the Rev. Gary Hakes of Fredericksburg, Maryland, who will deliver a Civil War-era sermon.

All events will take place April 27-29 at the Lima Campus Center at 7285 Gale Road, just one mile north of Lima on Route 15A.

“We are bringing some of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable Civil War re-enactors to Lima to share their expertise with the community,” said GCC History Instructor and Civil War historian Derek Maxfield. “I think people will find the event not only educational but also quite moving. The sights, the smells, the sounds of military camp life will be enthralling. People will forget they live in 2012.”

Genesee Community College also has a Civil War blog, which is an active source of news and information about all of the various initiatives. The blog can be found at http://civilwaratgcc.wordpress.com.

Lima Campus Center’s on-site exhibit space currently features an extensive display of authentic Civil War era newspaper articles from the collections of John Molyneux, a GCC adjunct instructor of English and prominent local collector of historic memorabilia.

For further information please contact the Lima Campus Center, 7285 Gale Road, Lima, NY 14485, 585-582-1226 or go to: http://civilwaratgcc.wordpress.com.

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