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American History Re-enactor's Appreciation Weekend

Re-enactors bring history to life in Gettysburg by illustrating the Civil War firsthand.
Re-enactors bring history to life in Gettysburg by illustrating the Civil War firsthand.
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Show your appreciation for American History as well as those who help to bring it to life. This weekend marks American History and Re-enactor’s Appreciation Weekend, and the borough of Gettysburg is doing plenty to celebrate.

Town-wide events, special hotel and merchant rates and other deals will be ongoing now through Sunday, March 9. The official kickoff began yesterday evening, March 7, at The Pike Restaurant. Between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., The Pike held a special American History Trivia game night to start things rolling.

Ongoing specials will occur throughout the weekend. If you are a re-enactor, come on out and sport your period attire ranging from the Colonial era through World War II to receive special discounts from participating Town’s Merchants as well as Civil War Sutlers. Two special events will be slated for today, Saturday, March 8 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. At this time, the American Legion will hold special Civil War seminars for anyone interested to attend. Also, Baltimore Street House Tours will be taking place at this time with “A Celebration of the Life of Tillie Pierce.”

The Saturday portion of the weekend-wide event will wrap up with the Military Honors Dance. To be held at the American Legion, the dance will take place from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the cost of $15 a person or $25 a couple. Though not required, period clothing is highly recommended. Cash bar and refreshments will be available during the dance. Dinner may be ordered beforehand between 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Be sure to stick around Sunday, especially if you took advantage of one of the great hotel rates the night before. Sunday will stir up good ol’ times starting promptly at 10 a.m. with a World War II period-style church service. The service will be held in the historic Daniel Lady Barn on Hanover Road. Be sure to bring a chair. Aside from shopping around the town, experiencing all the living history events and enjoying the overall Gettysburg experience, be sure to head back over to the Daniel Lady Farm and Tillie Pierce House between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. for an Open House event.

There is many more to do and see this weekend in Gettysburg, and if you are a Living Historian or a re-enactor of American History (regardless of the time period) you will enjoy this weekend-wide, town-wide honor and celebration even more. It is because of people like you that the minds of tomorrow are educated about the crucial milestones of this nation’s past and that the past can be brought to life and illustrated in such depth.

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