Pennsylvania Civil War Road Show Comes to Ephrata

September 8, 2011

As all Civil War history buffs know, this year is the 150th Anniversary of the start of the Civil War, and with that milestone comes a multitude of commemorative events and activities. One such event that’s coming to Lancaster County, just 2 miles from the Historic Smithton Inn, is the PA Civil War Road Show.

The Pennsylvania Civil War 150 Road Show is a traveling exhibition housed in an expandable 53-foot tractor-trailer created for Pennsylvania residents and visitors of all ages. From 2011 to 2014, it will travel throughout the Commonwealth (making stops in all 67 counties) bringing its interactive exhibits to each host location. Visitors will also experience related programs and performances under a Civil War-era tent. The road show features hands-on, interactive displays to tell stories that will be engaging for the whole family. From the original “3-D experience” of stereoscopes, to the voices of individual Pennsylvanians, to the scenes of camp and home life, visitors will be immersed in a new understanding of how America’s greatest crisis changed the lives of Pennsylvanians.

The Road Show (including Encampments / Reenactors) is being hosted at the Ephrata Public Library, located at 550 South Reading Road in Ephrata. Dates and times are:
  • Saturday, September 17th: 10 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday, September 18th: 10 am – 6 pm
  • Monday, September 19th: 10 am – 6 pm
Additional related lectures, concerts, performances and events include:(held at the Ephrata Library unless otherwise noted)

Catherine F. Reynolds on John F. Reynolds

Saturday, September 10th at 2:00 pm
The 1863 Gettysburg Civilians
Monday, September 12th at 6:00 pm
Unlikely Allies: Fort Delaware’s Prison Community in the Civil War
Tuesday, September 13th at 6:30 pm
Jeb Stuart’s Horse Artillery
Wednesday, September 14th at 6:30 pm
Judith Giesberg, Author of “The Army at Home: Woman and the Civil War on the Northern Front”
Thursday, September 15th at 6:30 pm
Civil War Minstrel and His Lady
Saturday, September 17th at 10:00 am
Civil War Tableaux
Saturday, September 17th at 11:00 am
The Battle Between North and South with Patrick Falci
Saturday, September 17th at 12:30 pm
Demonstration by the Civil War Dance Foundation
Saturday, September 17th at 1:30 pm
Susquehanna Travelers in Concert
Saturday, September 17th at 3:00 pm
Ghosts of Gettysburg
Saturday, September 17th at 6:00 pm
George Washington Sandoe, The First to Fall at Gettysburg
Sunday, September 18th, 12:00 noon
The Battle of Gettysburg Multimedia Program at Sight and Sound
Sunday, September 18th at 1:00 pm
General James Longstreet
Sunday, September 18th at 2:00 pm
American Girl Tea Party
Monday, September 19th at 4:00 pm
Underground Railroad in Lancaster County and Southern Pennsylvania
Monday, September 19th at 6:30 pm

Registration for programs is requested, but not required. Visit