September 16-18, 2011…

As you may have read in past pages, the Indiana County Civil War Memorial is in the fundraising stage…we’ve done the planning, we know what the statue,base and surrounding memorial are going to look like, and we’ve got plenty of reasons for WHY we want to complete it-over 2,800 to be exact…every one of the over 2,800 Civil War Veterans from Indiana County deserve it…

"The wagon train"

The Memorial Committee, along with members of Camp#43 and Auxiliary, have been conducting various events for the purpose of raising money, and awareness for the project…one of those events took place in Smicksburg, PA, as part of the 2011 Apple Festival…we were afforded plenty of space in the Old Smicksburg Park area, where we gathered throughout the day on Friday the 16th, to set up our small encampment…once the tents, tables and plans were in place, we sat around the warmth of the campfire for a while, with a few of us “tenting tonite” in Smicksburg…

Beginning on Saturday morning, following a campfire breakfast, we opened up our camp to visitors…the Smicksburg Train, a team of horses pulling a covered wagon, encircled the town and our camp throughout the day…on many of these stops, our guests were greeted by none other than President Abraham Lincoln[committee member Walt Marr]…

"Sam talks guns"

Guests were free to roam the camp, with plenty of opportunities to learn about the Civil War…they could visit a weapons display, presented by Sam McKissick, an ongoing cooking demonstration[we need to eat], or visit with the ladies as they worked on a variety of projects…they could use a “training weapon”, meant for the kids, to go through a brief “drilling and marching” regime[we also had Kepi’s for the youngsters for a donation]…they could hear stories by Mr. Lincoln, or by any of our members-always willing to talk about our ancestors and their service[including some who fought and died on this date 149 years ago at the Battle of Antietam]…and of course, there was a “Memorial” display, where visitors could not only see what the statue will look like, but could feel it, as we had the bronzed “miniature” there…our “thank you” gifts were available as well[for varying levels of support], and our newest item-the “Dollar Campaign Lantern”-which basically says “there are over 85,000 residents in Indiana County, and we need $80,000 to complete the memorial”…one dollar per person is not much to ask for such a meaningful and significant project; one that will be a visible reminder in the community for future generations, of the sacrifices made by those brave men 150 years ago…we hope to have these “lanterns” throughout the county in the near future, so if you

..."Drill!"

see one-drop in a dollar…

"Drill..."

All-in-all, we had a great weekend: we shared some history, made some new friends, and

"...Drill"

raised some money for the “Rest on Arms” memorial…

The following weekend, many of the group also participated at the “Clymer Days” event in Clymer, PA, where many of the same displays were available, and more money was collected toward our goal…

This past weekend, the wind and rain kept us from a scheduled event at “Thistle and Pine” in Marion Center,PA…

On Saturday, November 5,2011, there will be a “Ladies Victorian Tea” in Indiana, PA, also for the Memorial Project…for more details about the Tea , or the project itself, you can go to www.restonarms.wordpress.com

Photo Credits: All photos on this post by Erin Stewart, ICPT-Thanks Erin!

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