AMERICAN REVOLUTION ROUND TABLE OF CENTRAL PA: "1777 - TIPPING POINT AT SARATOGA"
In the autumn of 1777, near Saratoga, New York, an inexperienced and improvised American army led by General Horatio Gates faced off against the highly trained British and German forces led by General John Burgoyne. Despite inferior organization and training, the Americans exploited access to fresh reinforcements of men and material, and ultimately handed the British a stunning defeat. The American victory, for the first time in the war, confirmed that independence from Great Britain was all but inevitable.
Author and archaeologist Dean Snow will speak about his book “1777: Tipping Point at Saratoga”, how veterans of the battles wrote about their experiences, how historians have written about the battles, and how he as an archeologist wrote about the subject.
DATE/TIME: Wednesday APRIL 25, 2018 6:30 p.m.
CENTRAL PA CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE: "A CIVIL WAR WATERSHED? ASSESSING THE MILITARY, POLITICAL, AND SOCIAL IMPACT OF ANTIETAM"
The Civil War Era Center at Penn State is sponsoring this lecture. A former History Professor at Penn State, Dr. Gary Gallaher is currently the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. He is one of the foremost historians, lecturers and authors of the Civil War period. His publications include "The American Civil War: The War in the East" and "The Antietam Campaign."
DATE/TIME: Tuesday MAY 1, 2018 7:00 p.m.
BATTERY B DRILL EXERCISE
The Civil War re-enactment group of the 3rd Pennsylvania Volunteers encamp on the grounds demonstrating the loading and firing of artillery pieces during their annual safety training and recruitment drive. Interested persons of all ages are invited to enlist.
DATE/TIME: Saturday MAY 5, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
FRIENDS' LECTURE SERIES: "WORLD WAR I THROUGH THE EYES OF A COMMON SOLDIER"
Kenneth Redline, an Altoona boy, joined the Army to play baseball, and although he hadn't bargained for a war, he took his change of status in good humor. After all, he was 21, single, and up for adventure. Among the first to arrive in France in August of 1917, Ken was destined to bear witness to it all -- life in the trenches, the carnage of battle, the power of raw courage, political and military ineptitude, the poignance of brief and fleeting romance in the face of certain death and the singular bond that connects men who have fought together. Using excerpts from Dig or Die, Redline's fictionalized account of life in the uniform of the U.S. Army, his daughter and editor Judith Redline Coopey shares his adventures and insights and speculates on the lasting effect of such an experience on the rest of a man's life.
DATE/TIME: Sunday MAY 6, 2018 2:00 p.m.