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Civil War Photography Program
Organization: Westmoreland Historical Society
Description: The Westmoreland Historical Society will present a program on Civil War photography to correspond with a current exhibit and upcoming Civil War encampment and reenactment at Historic Hanna’s Town.

Civil War expert Eric Wible will present on the history and significance of Civil War photography. The American Civil War (1861-1865) is considered the first major conflict to be documented through photography. At the time, creating photographs was a sophisticated yet time-consuming process involving heavy cameras, portable darkrooms, and toxic chemicals. The works of popular photographers such as Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and Timothy O’Sullivan showed many civilians the horrors of war for the first time. Today, these photographs provide an extensive historical record of the people, landscapes, and events of the Civil War.

This program is free for members and $8 for nonmembers.

This program corresponds with the Westmoreland History Education Center’s inaugural exhibit, Scenes of Westmoreland: Visions of Light, a collaborative photography exhibit curated with the Westmoreland Photographers Society. The exhibit features the work of ten local photographers whose images evoke Westmoreland County’s unique historic and cultural resources, exceptional architecture, sublime scenic beauty, and many interesting faces that reflect our distinct regional heritage.

Additionally, this program is a prelude to a Civil War encampment over the weekend at Historic Hanna’s Town (July 27-28). The encampment includes a battle reenactment, military drills, and artillery demonstrations; a display of Civil War weapons; a Civil War post office; and a surgeon’s tent and demonstration illustrating period medical practices. Talks in the new Westmoreland History Education Center at Historic Hanna’s Town will cover topics including women in the Civil War, the Zouave Light Infantry, medicine in the Civil War, and a first-person narration by a reenactor portraying General George Meade, who led Union forces at Gettysburg. Children ages 6 and up can participate in a “mock battle” led by reenactors near the Fort.

Location: 809 Forbes Trail Road, Greensburg

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Contact: Westmoreland County Historical Society
Phone: (724) 836-1800

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