For Immediate Release: 04/10/03
National Preservation Group Sponsors Evening of Civil War-Era Entertainment
(Petersburg, Va.) - As part of its 2003 annual conference, the national Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) will host an evening of music and family entertainment at Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg, Va. The event, scheduled for Thursday evening, April 24, is free and open to the public.
This family event will feature music once held dear to the hearts of Johnny Reb and Billy Yank. Attendees will enjoy spirited vocals by Douglas Jimerson, accompanied by Gilmore's Light Ensemble. Jimerson's presentation will be followed with a performance by Jay Ungar and the Molly Mason Family Band. Jay Ungar and Molly Mason are best remembered for the theme song "Ashokan Farewell," from Ken Burns' acclaimed series The Civil War.
To add to the Civil War flavor of the event, the public will be treated to a living history demonstration by the 2nd Regiment, Battery B, U.S. Colored Light Artillery. There will also be live cannon firings and rifle firing demonstrations performed by the Pamplin Historical Park staff, as well as walking tours of the April 2, 1865 battlefield.
The entire family is invited to attend. Barbeque and refreshments will be available for purchase at the event. For non-media-related information about the event, the public can call CWPT toll free at 888-606-1400, or Pamplin Historical Park at 804-861-2408.
WHAT: Evening of Civil War-era Music and Entertainment (open to the public)
WHEN: Thursday, April 24, 2003, from 6 to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Pamplin Historical Park, 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, Va. From Petersburg, take I-85 south to exit 63A (US-1 south). Go one mile to park entrance on left.
With 43,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its goal is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. CWPT's website is located at www.civilwar.org.