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Admission to the reception is $10.00 per person with complimentary admission for Museum members.  Reservations must be made by contacting Bryan Guerrisi at 717.260.1861 x1130 or bguerrisi@nationalcivilwarmuseum.org  by January 14, 2013. 

Guest speaker will be Barnet Schecter presenting on:  The New York City Draft Riots and the Gettysburg Campaign:  Conspiracy or Coincidence?

Barnet Schecter, an independent historian, was an advisor for the New-York Historical Society's exhibit Lincoln and New York, and a contributor to the companion volume. He is also a contributor to the forthcoming sesquicentennial volume, 1863: Lincoln's Pivotal Year (2013). He also writes about the founding era, and his books include George Washington’s America: A Biography Through His Maps and The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution. A contributing editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of the American Revolution and Landmarks of the American Revolution, he is also a contributor to A Companion to George Washington, and the Encyclopedia of New York City.

In addition to lecturing and leading tours and military staff rides, he has appeared in a variety of television documentaries.

1863” is the third exhibit in a series of commemorative exhibits for the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.  It is scheduled to open on January 17, 2013 and will be open through December 31, 2013.  Exhibit content will include a timeline of key events and battles that occurred each month, as well as graphics and a variety of artifacts and documents.