Civil War Encampment THIS weekend

Friday-Sunday, April 26-28, 2013

What:Civil War Encampment THIS weekend

When: Friday-Sunday, April 26-28, 2013 ~ 4:00 p.m. Friday- 4:00 p.m. Sunday

Where: GCC Medina ~ 11470 Maple Ridge Rd., Medina, NY 14103

Genesee Community College invites the community to the Medina Campus Center for a Civil War Encampment THIS weekend, April 26-28, 2013.

Reenactors, both Union and Confederate, will set up camp Friday evening from 4-8 p.m. Visitors are invited to view ongoing exhibits inside the Medina Campus Center at 11470 Maple Ridge Rd., Medina. These include Civil War dioramas, artifacts from a New York infantry unit, period medical tools, children’s games and more. There will be ongoing demonstrations of blacksmithing, candle-making, period music and mortuary arts.

On Saturday morning, camps open at 9 a.m. followed by a parade through downtown Medina from 10 -11 a.m. During the parade, Mary Zimmerman Robinson, great-great granddaughter of Civil War Capt. Erwin Bowen will present a sword to reenactor Simon Taylor in front of Bents Opera Hall at the four corners of downtown Medina. Bents Hall was completed the year the Civil War ended.

Visitors can also check out booths by the Medina Sandstone and Historical Societies, Medina RR Museum, Orleans-Renaissance Group, Holland Land Office and Museum, and others. There will also be several food vendors including a chicken barbecue Saturday afternoon run by the Orleans County Cornell Cooperation Extension with advanced ticket sales available for $9 at the Albion and Medina Campus Centers.

A number of presentations are planned throughout the weekend and a Victorian Cotillion will take place Saturday evening from 7-10 p.m. in the Central Tent. During the ball, children’s activities will be offered inside the Campus Center

“The schedule is jam-packed,” said GCC historian Derek Maxfield. “There really is something for everybody. It should be a fantastic weekend, building on the success we experienced last year with the Encampment at the Lima Campus Center.”

A complete schedule of events is available online at GCC’s Civil War Initiative blog:
The Encampment is part of GCC’s ongoing Civil War Initiative, which has included a spring lecture series. That series will conclude on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 with a special presentation by GCC history professor Garth Swanson about “New York’s Forgotten War – The War of 1812 and the Making of the Empire State”. Professor Swanson will assess the role of New York in the conflict and evaluate the ways the war helped to create a modern New York state. The lecture will be at 7:00 p.m. in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building on the Batavia campus.

For more information, contact Maxfield at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6288 or

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