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Library offers Civil War programs

on June 14, 2013 10:50 AM

The Indiana Free Library will host two programs this month related to the Civil War.

• “Joined as Brothers” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Monday.

Nikki Cravotta from the Indiana County Historical and Genealogical Society will present a bit of history relating to black soldiers at the time of the Civil War, stories of Indiana County African-Americans who fought in the United States Colored Troops or with the Massachusetts regiments, along with post-Civil War stories. As the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg approaches, join the program to learn about these brave young men.

• “Everyday Life in the Civil War Era: The Home Front and the Battlefront” will be held at 7 p.m. on June 24.

Join veteran Civil War re-enactors Don and Becky Becker to experience what life was like during the Civil War era. Dressed in authentic uniforms and civilian clothing of the day, they will discuss the life of soldiers on the march and on the battlefront, describe the role of women and what they did to help the cause and demonstrate some period dances.

They will also have displays and discuss the Battle of Gettysburg. Don Becker has a lifelong interest in Civil War history, and the couple has been involved in Civil War re-enacting since 2004. Becky Becker, with her lifelong interest in sewing, makes most of the period clothes that she wears.

Both programs are free and refreshments will be served. Contact the library for more information at (724) 465-8841, ext. 5.

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