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Boalsburg to Mark Historic Anniversary

by on April 19, 2014 3:45 PM

In 2014, the Harris Township community will be marking the 150th anniversary of the first decoration of graves of the Civil War veterans by three Boalsburg village women.

As part of this celebration, the Boalsburg Heritage Museum is holding a fundraiser that focuses on the three women who are responsible for this event, Elizabeth Myers, Emma Hunter and Sophie Keller.

The audience will get an in-depth look into the lives of these ladies. This presentation is entitled, "A War, Three Women and a Tradition." It will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at St. John's United Church of Christ at 218 N. Church St. in Boalsburg.

The recent re-discovery of Civil War era letters from a Boalsburg family sparked new research by local residents, Cathy Horner, Susan Evans, Bob Hazelton and Nancy Taylor. This group looked into the lives of these women who are credited with having started a community-wide Memorial Day. They have uncovered facts, photos and family correspondence that help to fill in the blanks associated with this local event. Hazelton and Horner will do the actual presentation on May 3.

Their book, "A War, Three Women and a Tradition: The History of Boalsburg in the Civil War" will be available for sale along with other Civil War literature like "Shadows of War," a historical story of Boalsburg in 1862 written for Middle School students by Janice McElhoe.

The Ladies of Battery B Civil War Reenactors will be present in authentic period dress of the 1860s. After the main presentation Battery B will lead all interested attendees across the street to the Boalsburg Cemetery.

The Daughters of Union Veterans have volunteered to identify all 51 Civil War veterans gravesides with easily visible markers noting the regiment and name of the veteran. Maps and lists of names of the veterans will be handed out. The DUV and Ladies of Battery B will help visitors find the names and gravesites of family and friends.

Students from Gretchen Seaver Lee String Studio will provide music. They will be playing 18th and 19th century tunes to set the stage for a walk back into Boalsburg's history.

Tickets are $10 per person to benefit the Boalsburg Heritage Museum and can be purchased at the door or prior to the event by calling (814) 466-3035.

For more information, visit the Boalsburg Heritage Museum Facebook page.

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