2012-08-16 / Local & State

Civil War Road Show At Fairgrounds


Keith Connelly, McConnellsburg, poses beside Civil War display. Keith Connelly, McConnellsburg, poses beside Civil War display. The 92nd annual Fulton County Fair is proud to host the state’s traveling Civil War Road Show during fair week August 12 -18.

The Civil War Road Show presents an emotionally powerful mobile-exhibition experience and interconnected programs that focus on the way the war transformed the lives of Pennsylvanians and their communities, and the ways in which Pennsylvanians impacted the war. Pennsylvania was one of the few Union states to see battle (at Gettysburg), and to experience Confederate occupation (York) and localized destruction (Chambersburg), so the war had an especially powerful impact on Pennsylvanians. The exhibit’s goals are to deliver this message in ways that relate to people of all ages and backgrounds, and to have visitors come away feeling profoundly moved, interested in learning more, and aware of the lasting impact of the Civil War throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

Fulton County (created in 1850) contributed to some remarkable history during that time. Did you know that the first Confederate soldiers to die north of the Mason-Dixon Line died in Fulton County? The Tonoloway Church was used as a field hospital. The county was raided by the Confederates several times during the war. The last Confederate Bivouac (Camp) occurred just south of McConnellsburg July 31, 1864. Who would have thought that the war coming to the North began and ended its journey through the portals of this lovely county?

Come see the road show. Once you enter the fair no additional admission will be charged to see the show. Upon entering the trailer, visitors will know immediately that they have entered a different world. This is not a recreation of 19th-century Pennsylvania, although much of the visual language is drawn from Civil War-era design sensibilities. Rather, you will find 21st-century media and materials used to tell stories based upon images and objects drawn from the lived experience of Pennsylvanians in the 1860s. Effects, including dramatic lighting and sound, will set the stage for emotional engagement.

The exhibit will be open daily at 5 p.m. Senior Citizens Day the fair expects the exhibit to be open from 1 to 9 p.m.

The Civil War was deeply personal for Americans and global in its lofty aims of preserving union (or asserting states’ rights), and of ending (or preserving) slavery. To capture both the local and personal experiences of the war, and the powerful feelings about the war’s aims, the exhibition is organized by the primary emotions and statesof mind that Pennsylvanians experienced during the war and its aftermath:

Inspired to Action: Patriotism, Duty & Dissent

Indispensable Aid: Courage & Dedication at Home

Indefinite Uncertainty: Waiting for Word

Paying Respects: Preserving Memories and Honoring Sacrifices

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