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The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society chronicles the history of our region from American Indian occupation through 20th century industry and life.

‘A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier’ at the Taber Museum

A day in the life of a Civil War soldierWhat was it like to serve as a soldier during the Civil War? Exciting? Perhaps for the first few days.

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society hosted an exploration of the above subject on Saturday, June 9, 10am until 1pm. The ‘camp’ was designed for children ages 8 through 14 and was free and open to the public.

Among the activities scheduled were military drills as conducted by Chaplain McCormick. McCormick is portrayed by Reverend John Lee. He also spoke on the contents of a soldier’s knapsack and the proper etiquette of a soldier’s gun. Chaplain McCormick was a member of the Pennsylvania Bucktails.

On hand, too, was a Civil War nurse who spoke about the field hospitals and the diet of a soldier. A taste of hard tack convinced the young soldiers that shoe leather might taste better! The nurse was portrayed by Linda Estupinan-Snook. She was accompanied by her husband Civil War reenactor John Snook. As well, a Civil War bugler discussed the importance of the bugle in Camp life. A discussion of the Underground Railroad and the designing of individual Regimental Flags also took place.

The Woodcock Foundation has awarded the museum $1,000 for support of the museum’s Civil War activities during the year 2012. The one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the Civil War was celebrated throughout the country with a number of specialized activities and exhibits. During the Summer, the Taber Museum featured a display of Civil War weaponry and hosted lectures, reenactors, President Abraham Lincoln as portrayed by the nationally-known James Getty, and the ‘hands-on experience’ as outlined above. The activities sponsored by the Woodcock Foundation were free and open to the public. The Woodcock Foundation is a charitable granting agency which has adopted as its mission statement, “So long as there are little children to be introduced to the creative arts and harried adults who missed exposure to great art and literature and timeless music to be share across all age groups, there will be a need for efforts to encourage the Appreciation of the Arts.”

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