Images of Living History

civil war re-enactors waiting around cannon


Each year Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall hosts a living history event in remembrance of the Civil War, guided by the Library & Music Hall’s own Civil War expert, Espy Post Curator Diane Klinefelter, and including the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves in uniform as docents and re-enactors. Other re-enactors also take part as well as historians and vendors of all sorts to share their knowledge of this time in our country’s history. This year’s event is Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. I have information about this year’s event below. I’ll be there taking photos as usual, and possibly doing some sketches.

confederate re-enactor drummer boy

Drummer Boy

In April 2011 and April 2012, as part of the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, ACFL&MH also hosted re-enactment events held in Carnegie Park where re-enactors encamped and staged historic battles. I photographed these two events at the Library & Music Hall and at Carnegie Park, as I have photographed these living history events for years. I was so moved by the solemnity and dignity of the re-enactors. Some of the images have stayed with me since that time and I’ve been wanting to share them in an exhibit since then.

adjutant's tent at civil war event

Adjutant’s Tent

I did my best to capture as many as possible without modern anachronisms such as cars, surrounding homes and electrical wires as well as visitors in street clothes and re-enactors using cell phones. These eight photos reflect just a few memorable sights from those events.

Here are the photos in the exhibit

Flyer for Living History Exhibit civil war

Flyer for Living History Exhibit

Mid-day Meal

Powder Boy

Adjutant’s Tent

Drummer Boy


Catching the Cadence

The First Shot


Thanks to Maggie Forbes and Diane Klinefelter for giving me the opportunity and the place to hang this exhibit.
Framed prints are for sale at $75.00 each; $25.00 of each sale is donated to ACFL&MH. Unframed prints are for sale at $25.00 each.

This exhibit joins two other exhibits in the Reception Hall, “Of Harps and Fig Leaves” and “Carnegie Photographed”.

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Schedule for the Living History Event

Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall 2014 Civil War Living History Day – April 5, 2014

Ongoing – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 Tours of the Capt. Thomas Espy Post, 2nd Floor

Guns of Gettysburg Display, Studio – “B”

Photo Exhibit – Petersburg & The Crater, Library – 1st Floor

Civil War authors book signings, Reception Hall – 2nd Floor

Sutlers, Studio – “B”

Food Court, Music Hall Lobby – 1st Floor

Civil War Used Book Sale, Studio – “B”

Co. A, 9th PA Reserves drills, Outdoors West Lawn

Touring Stations: Civil War Medicine, Infantry, Artillery, Recruiting, Studio – “B”

11:00 AM
Music Hall– 1st Floor, “The Dead Lay All About – Gettysburg: the Aftermath”, Kristopher D. White

1:00 PM
Reception Hall – 2nd Floor, “Sweet Glory: a novel”, Lisa Y. Potocar

3:00 PM
Music Hall– 1st Floor, Almost Famous Bluegrass Band Steven Moore & Friends

10:30; 12:15; 1:45 PM
Chartiers Cemetery Tours of the GAR Section, Shuttle in front of Library Steps

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