Attention all Re-enactors, Living Historians and Friends Looking for Fun this Saturday:
As many of you know, Dr. Levine is music leader for the 69th PA Irish Volunteer Civil War band, with whom he’s been playing since 1999. The band, featuring penny whistle, banjo, fiddle, rhythm guitars and bass, will perform this Saturday at 11:30 at Montgomery County’s historic Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville, PA (about 35 miles northwest of Philadelphia) during a free event that’s open to the public. Dr. Levine created the arrangements for the band which will play an additional three hours over the course of the day.
A ceremony will include the unfurling of a Centennial flag to honor soldiers who sacrificed their lives during wartime. The PA Irish band will accompany the ceremony and also sing the Battle Cry of Freedom. The Centennial flag is part of Saving Hallowed Ground’s “Follow the Flag” program. The flag travels around the world for ceremonial use, with special unfurling and folding ceremonies to commemorate the sacrifices of soldiers and citizens during WWI.
Well Worth the Visit!
Pennypacker Mills’ colonial historic site is well documented and reflects life in the early 1900s. A vast archival collection includes letters, photographs, artwork and books dating back to 1568! The mansion contains antiques and documents of the former Pennsylvania governor Samuel W. Pennypacker. The house, once used as headquarters for General George Washington in the fall of 1777 prior to the battle of Germantown, is part of the National Register of Historic Places.
Here’s what the Saving Hallowed Ground organization has to say about programs like this:
“Saving Hallowed Ground works to generate a deep link between communities and local history by involving individuals in the work of historic preservation and commemoration. By engaging in historic preservation activities, planting memorial trees, and unfurling our American flag, we strive to strengthen the links between individuals and the history of the communities in which they live. By encouraging communities to think deeply about their history and to actively participate in preservation and commemoration initiatives, our goal is to help create a stronger appreciation of the past, a deeper level of civic engagement, and a firmer commitment to the good stewardship of community resources.”