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Preservation efforts for Gettysburg gives folks something to dance about

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Gettysburg locals hoping to preserve their town and lovers of history and dance alike are heading to Harrisburg this evening for the 11th Annual Civil War Preservation Ball. Held between the hours of 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., in the Rotunda of the Pennsylvania Capitol Building, this yearly ball is helping to raise money for support of the Gettysburg Monuments Project Endowment Trust.

This is a fun and festive occasion that many people look forward to each year, and it provides the perfect balance of enjoyment and foundational support for the essential preservation, maintenance and repairs that go towards the monuments on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Since the event started more than a decade ago, the ball has already earned $66,000 towards the cause.

The Annual Civil War Preservation Ball is headed by the Civil War Dance Foundation, which also hosts several other Civil War style dancing and charitable events. Music by the Philadelphia Brigade Band, a 25-member brass band decked in traditional Civil War Union army attire, will fill the evening with a variety of styles of music from the Civil War era. The Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing members of the Civil War Dance Foundation, will lead guests into waltzes, reels and other popular dances of the day. Dance experience is not required, and dance masters Lawrence Keener-Farley and Jeffrey Trace will be there to give you direction and a “reel” good experience.

The Annual Civil War Preservation Ball is now sold out, but the Civil War Foundation hosts many Civil War era related events throughout the year. Named Re-enactment Unit of the Year back in 2011 by the Civil War Trust, the Victorian Dance Ensemble has raised more than $100,000 towards supporting the Gettysburg National Military Park through the combination of its Civil War Preservation Ball and the National Civil War Ball which takes place on Remembrance Day.

The Civil War Dance Foundation will be holding various Gettysburg Campground Civil War Dance For Campers private events this summer and will be at the nearby York Heritage Trust Civil War Weapons Display and Lecture in June. To learn more about the Foundation and all other upcoming events, go to www.civilwardance.org.

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