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Recap of (Most) of 2017

January 15, 2018 - No Comments

by Jim Barnes

This past year has been an interesting one to say the least.

Here is a recap of what we have done since April. We attended the Lantern tour at the Grafton National Cemetery in Grafton which contains 2100 internments, including 1252 Civil War soldiers. I delivered General Black Jack Logan’s address of May 5, 1868 to the GAR in which he designated May 30 as a day of remembrance. This is a solemn event which is well-attended by the general public.

In June, my health problems caused us to miss out on the Reading Air Show. But, later in the month, we did make it to The Bantam Jeep Festival in Butler, PA, which is a lot closer to home and not nearly as tiring. Also, we just went for the day. The living history section is just part of the overall event, but takes in a sizable bit of ground, with displays from WWII through Vietnam.

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Initial 2018 Calendar of events

Posted January 8, 2018 - No Comments

Here is what we have so far for the coming year through April. January 2018 WWI – Jan 12-14, 2018: “Bathelémont: Baptism of Fire”(Hosted by FR 90 (German) and the 18th RI (French)). Time period: November 1917. Event held at the Caesar Krauss Great War Memorial Site, Newville, PA. WWII R...



Posted December 16, 2017 - No Comments

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Addition to Events Calendar

Posted October 16, 2017 - 1 Comment

Here is a last minute addition to the events calendar that I just got around to adding. Sounds interesting. 18th Century – October 28-29, 18th Century Scottish festival. Campbellton Landing, Fayetteville, NC. ...

18th Century, News, revolutionary war

Fort Frederick Market Fair 2017

Posted September 25, 2017 - No Comments
Fort Frederick Market Fair 2017

One of my favorite events is the Fort Frederick Market Fair. This event held annually at Fort Frederick State Park. This is a Maryland state park surrounding the restored Fort Frederick, a star fort active in the French and Indian War and the American Revolutionary War. The market fair is a combination reenactor’s shopping mall […] ...

18th Century, Local News, News, revolutionary war

School of the Longhunter 2017

Posted September 11, 2017 - No Comments
School of the Longhunter 2017

April brings showers and on April 6-8 of this year, it also brought the School of the Longhunter which takes place at Prickett’s Fort near Fairmont, WV on an annual basis. This encampment/symposium is an interesting and informative event with a lot to offer for the Colonial era reenactor/living historian. This year’s presentations inclu...

Events, News, WWII

GAP – Battle of the Bulge Reenactment 2017

Posted March 26, 2017 - No Comments
GAP - Battle of the Bulge Reenactment 2017

  This annual reenactment/living history event was held from January 25 through the 28th at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. As usual, it was a great opportunity to see some outstanding impressions, visit with old friends and shop at the many vendors who came to sell their wares at the event. As usual, we assisted at […] ...

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2016 – A Retrospective

Posted January 31, 2017 - No Comments
2016 - A Retrospective

  This is a month late, but better late than never. The following is a quick summary of events we attended last year: Our first event of the year was at Fort Indiantown Gap for the annual Battle of the Bulge Reenactment, sponsored by the WWII Historical Association. We take part in the Axis hospital […] ...

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Events – January – May 2017

Posted January 4, 2017 - No Comments

  Below are the events on which we currently have information. More to follow. January 2017 WWII – Battle of the Bulge Reenactment, January 25- 29. Ft. Indiantown Gap PA. Contact: February 2017 WWII – Elbe River Event, February 18,  Old Bedford Village, Bedford, PA. regardless of the weather as usua...

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75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Posted December 7, 2016 - No Comments
75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

The USS Arizona during the attack* Today is the 75th Anniversary of the “Day of Infamy,” as President Roosevelt described it. During a period in which our country and it’s history are beset with enemies from without and within, it is important those Americans who lost their lives in this attack and the brave response […] ...

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Reading Airshow June 2-5, 2016

Posted October 22, 2016 - 1 Comment
Reading Airshow June 2-5, 2016

     This year’s Reading event was blessed with reasonably good weather for the first couple of days. The third was another story – more on that later. The 193rd was again out in the farthest reaches of the airport grounds, with a US group largely hiding us from view, but we still got a good […] ...

Civil War

Grafton Lantern Tour 2016

Posted August 4, 2016 - No Comments

The Grafton Lantern Tour is a memorial to the hundreds of Civil War soldiers buried in the Grafton National Cemetery located in Grafton, Taylor County, W.Va. This cemetery  is a particularly appropriate location for such a memorial. “In 1867, Maj. R. C. Bates was ordered by the War Department to locate a permanent burial site […] ...

18th Century

Fort Frederick Market Fair 2016

Posted July 16, 2016 - No Comments

Fort Frederick State Park is a Maryland State Park surrounding the restored Fort Frederick, a star fort active in the French and Indian War  (1754–1763) and the American Revolution (1775-1783). The fort served as a refuge for settlers and was originally garrisoned by the 60th Regiment of foot and local militia. It was never directly […] ...

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Memorial Day

Posted May 30, 2016 - No Comments

There are numerous stories and legends about the origin of Memorial Day that have grown up over the last 150-odd years. From the freedmen of Charleston, SC, who cleaned up and landscaped the burial grounds of 257 Union prisoners of war buried at the Hampton Park Race course and then held a memorial service for […] ...

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School of the Longhunter 2016

Posted April 28, 2016 - No Comments

Prickett’s Fort, near Fairmont, WV,  held its annual School of the Longhunter once again this year and as usual, it was an excellent event. According to the official website, “Pricketts Fort, constructed in 1774, provided a place of refuge from American Indian attack for early settlers. It was built at the confluence of Pricketts Creek...

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Fort Indiantown Gap 2016

Posted March 21, 2016 - 1 Comment

This year, The Battle of the Bulge Reenactment was held from January 27-31. On the way up on Friday, we had a harrowing drive through a white-out in western Maryland and, having been in one fender-bender already this winter, the thought of turning around and going home did cross my mind. But we toughed it […] ...

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2016 Events

Posted January 17, 2016 - No Comments

The following is starter calendar for the 2016 Reenacting season. More to follow. January 2016 WWII – Battle of the Bulge Reenactment, January 27 – 31. Ft. Indiantown Gap PA. Contact: February 2016 WWII – Elbe River Event, February 27,  Old Bedford Village, Bedford, PA. regardless of the we...

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School of the Longhunter 2015

Posted June 9, 2015 - No Comments

The School of the Longhunter, held at Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont, WV, is a two-day seminar which takes in a variety of subjects relevant to anyone who participates in 18th Century living history or even just has an interest in that time period. This year, the event was held on April 9th and 10th […] ...

Civil War, News

Grafton Lantern Tour

Posted May 21, 2015 - No Comments

  Grafton, West Virginia – Grafton National Cemetery Lantern Tour On Friday evening, May 22, at 8:30 p.m. There will again be a living history tour of the Grafton National Cemetery.  Tour leader Mark Tennant will lead the tour of Civil War graves in the cemetery. Mark and reenactor assistants dressed in Civil War period […] ...

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FIG 2015

Posted February 18, 2015 - No Comments

Occuring as usual during the last week of January,  this year’s FIG event was a particularly cold one. Once again, Linda and I joined the folks at the German hospital to assist with the living history.  I am not sure what the standing temperatures were for the weekend, but the wind chill was impressive.  To […] ...

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Upcoming 2015 Events – January through April

Posted January 19, 2015 - No Comments

The following is what I have so far for our general region. Some events have not yet released their 2015 event information. Check back for updates and additions. January 2015 WWII – Battle of the Bulge Reenactment, January 27 – February 1. Ft. Indiantown Gap PA. Contact: February 2015 Civil War – Febr...

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Old Bedford Village 2014

Posted December 8, 2014 - 1 Comment

This year the annual battle between Grossdeutschland and their invited units and the 193rd Rifle Division,  their comrades the 9th Guards and other gallant Red Army units, took place on the weekend of November 7-9, 2014. This year, the scenario involved the Red Army’s advance into Poland. As has been the case for the last […] ...


Veterans Day

Posted November 11, 2014 - No Comments

  A sincere thanks to all veterans out there!       ...

Civil War

Cedar Creek 150th Anniversary Reenactment

Posted October 30, 2014 - No Comments

  The 150th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek took place on the weekend of Octorber 17-19, 2014.I had not attended this event for some time and was looking forward to going back. It also promised to be the largest Civil War reenactment that Linda had experienced. We went down Thursday in order […] ...

Civil War

Chief Logan Civil War Reenactment 2014

Posted October 1, 2014 - 1 Comment

News Flash! The following is a report from our correspondent, Bill Donegan from the field in the Southern Mountains:   Federal Battalion wiped out!   A Federal Battalion led by Captain Steve Allen was wiped out to a man at Chief Logan State Park on Saturday September 27, 2014. The Federal objective was to capture […] ...