Monday, May 9, 2011

May 14, 2011: Civil War Saturday in Yates County!

Mark your calendars for this exciting day, when the Yates County Genealogical and Historical Society commemorates the 150th anniversary of the departure of the Keuka Rifles for the war. Events will get underway at the Court House at 9:30 a.m., with music and re-enactments of speeches and ceremonies that took place almost exactly 150 years ago.

Author George Contant will be on hand to talk about the Keuka Rifles and sign copies of his book, Path of Blood. A parade down Main Street, featuring re-enactors young and old, will follow. In the afternoon, the Penn Yan Fire Department will host a barbecue at Firmen’s Field, where a Civil War era pumper and a cannon will be on display. The cannon may even be fired!

All day, visitors may view an exhibit of Civil War era artifacts and documents at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum on Chapel Street.

At 6:30 p.m., The 77th New York Regimental Balladeers, David Kincaid, and the Irish Volunteers [live links on each of the three] will sing and play Civil War music at a free concert at Penn Yan Academy. What a day!

We need volunteers of all sorts to make this weekend a success – organizers, costume makers, musicians, and re-enactors! Email Ray Copson,, if you can help, or call the society at 315 536-7318.

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