Community Free Day – Civil War Days in Harrisburg
1 Lincoln Cir
Harrisburg, PA 17103
The National Civil War Museum is proud to provide a community free day with activities and entertainment for the community, completely free of charge to visitors on this day in conjunction with Civil War Days in Harrisburg. Museum guests will enjoy special presentations, children's activities and a living history encampment.
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Coloring Activity Station
Period Clothing Station for children & adults to try on garments and take selfies
10:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM: Living History Encampment - Cooper's Battery B
Museum visitors will see the flash and smell the smoke of Civil War muskets and rifles. Visitors are
encouraged to visit the camps and ask living
historians questions about their attire, food rations and daily life.
*Program is weather contingent. Visitors should check back for updates to this schedule,
as they are subject to change.
Living History is sponsored by
9:00AM: Presentation featuring Dr. Barbara Gannon - "The Won Cause: Black and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic"
9:00AM: New Exhibit opens: “Honored Veterans: Fraternal Organizations Borne of the Civil War”
11:00AM: Walking Tour - ($5 early bird reservation by 6/9/2017 / $7 regular reservation, all guests must register in advance.) Rain or Shine & Wear comfortable walking shoes Landmarks of Harrisburg’s African-American and Civil War Heritage. Meet at the East Wing Fountain, Capitol Complex, Commonwealth Ave. This three-mile guided walking tour with David Morrison, created by Historic Harrisburg Association, will visit 30 current and former sites of landmarks associated with Harrisburg's Underground Railroad, Civil War and African-American History. Part of “Juneteenth” and Harrisburg Civil War Days. Click here to purchase tickets.
1:00PM: Presentation featuring Dr. Nancy Bercaw - "Through the African American Lens: The Civil War at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture"
African Americans transformed the Civil War from a battle for the Union into a war to end slavery. How did black Americans who were disenfranchised or enslaved change the course of the nation? This talk will discuss how the NMAAHC tells this complex story in the Slavery and Freedom exhibition.
3:00PM: Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: “The Christiana Affairs and Abolitionism in Central Pennsylvania”