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American Civil War Museum Releases Schedule for 2008 History Meets the Arts Weekend

(4/15) Artist, authors, and living historians will converge on the American Civil War Museum and Gettysburg Gift Center complex April 18-20 during the 2008 History Meets the Arts Festival. The annual event will bring history and art together, encompassing all mediums and all eras in history.

The Gettysburg Gift Center complex will host sculptor Andrew Chernak, artillerist George Funt, and Victorian jewelry maker Rebecca Marie Schmehl from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Artist Bradley Schmehl will be appearing at the complex from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. In addition to selling their art, these talented artists will be available to sign their works and converse with guests.

A number of authors will also be making an appearance at the complex. A few of the authors appearing will be J.D. Petruzzi, Craig Caba, George Newton, and Bradley Gottfried. Visitors are encouraged to meet with these and other authors to have their books personalized. Copies will be available for purchase throughout the weekend of the event. Anyone interested in having a copy personalized and signed, but not available to come in and meet the author, may pre-order the book by calling 717-334-6245 or by visiting

If you are looking for local artwork, the complex will once again host the Starving Artist Parade of Works in the park located next the museum. Local artisans will display their wares for visitors to view and purchase. The event will take place rain or shine on Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Enrollment is still taking place and walk-ons are welcomed. A fee of $20 per 10-foot space is due upon arrival the day of the event.

The Civil War Heritage Foundation will present a living history program throughout the weekend on the front lawn of the complex. The Foundation will portray both southern and northern forces and be available to talk to spectators about the soldier’s life during the war, their weapons, and their military service. An actual camp will be set up on the grounds of the museum so visitors can get a true feel for camp life during the American Civil War.

Chaplain Rene` Kinard and his wife, Rommi have slated an interdenominational, Civil War period church service for 10 a.m. on April 20, 2008, on the front lawn of the Gift Center complex. Kinard, a union chaplain, said his service is "both north and south friendly." Come out and enjoy a peaceful service filled with singing and uplifting messages.

All events listed are free and open to the public. For more information on History Meets the Arts, or for details concerning any of the events, please contact the American Civil War Museum and Gettysburg Gift Center at 717-334-6245 or visit us on the web at The American Civil War Museum and Gettysburg Gift Center are located at 297 Steinwehr Ave., Gettysburg, PA.

American Civil War Museum Gettysburg Gift Center History Meets the Arts

April 18-20, 2008

Schedule of Events

April 19, 2008 – Author Appearances

  • J.D.Petruzzi 10 am – 12 pm
  • George Newton 10 am – 12 pm
  • Bradley Gottfried 1 pm – 3 pm
  • Scott Mingus 1 pm – 3 pm
  • Michael Boyd & Paul Frey 3 pm – 5 pm
  • Craig Caba 3 pm – 5 pm
  • Michael Kanazawich 3 pm – 5 pm

April 20, 2008 – Author Appearances

  • Bob O’Connor 12 pm – 4 pm
  • Michael Sanders 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Thomas McGrath 2 pm – 4 pm

April 19, 2008 Artist Appearances

10 am – 5 pm

  • Andrew Chernak
  • George Funt
  • Rebecca Schmehl

10 am – 2 pm

  • Bradley Schmehl

April 19 & 20, 2008 – Living History

9 am – 6 pm

  • Presented by Civil War Heritage Foundation

April 20th - 10 am

  • Civil War Era Church Service

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