Pittsburgh Area Civil War Attraction News

28 03 2011

Espy GAR Post

I received the following email this weekend:

I wanted to briefly update you and let you know we launched our YouTube Channel earlier this week.  Featured on the page is information about our national treasure:  The Captain Thomas Espy GAR Post 153.   Sadly forgotten, the ceremonial room and artifacts were preserved over the years, locked away in a Pennsylvania library.  In 2010, the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall received a donation to restore the Post to its original grandeur!  This room is so unique–as it is a snapshot of the esteemed GAR organization.  This Post is believed to be the most intact in the nation.  Tours are free.  The room is open every Saturday from 11 to 3, or by special appointment.

Please visit our YouTube channel and learn more about the room! 

www.youtube.com/AndrewCarnegieFree

Also, we are having a sesquicentennial  living history weekend. 

To learn specifics about the event, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhSF86iEbK8&feature=related

To learn about the Civil War ball, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgUUynVPAzE

We even have a facebook page.  We enjoy uploading documents, facts, and pictures, so it is well worth joining as well.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Captain-Thomas-Espy-GAR-Post-153-Union-Civil-War-Veterans-Organization/195146597183118?ref=ts

Come Tweet with us!
http://twitter.com/ACFLMH

Please join us, and feel free to pass this information on to friends.  This is such a rare treasure in Civil War history, and we want everyone to know about it. 

Feel free to contact us with questions, interview requests, etc.  Diane Klinefelter, library director and civil war historian, can be reached as 412.276.3456 ext. 5.

Thanks!

Amy Philips-Haller
Publicity              
Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall
Captain Thomas Espy GAR Post 153
300 Beechwood Ave
Carnegie, PA 15106
www.carnegiecarnegie.org

The GAR room is a real treat (I’ve written about it before here and here). If you’re in the area, check it out!





Fundraiser for Carnegie Free Library, Carnegie, PA

18 11 2010

Friend Jon-Erik Gilot, who is working with the manuscript collection there, informs me that a fundraiser is to be held on Saturday, November 27 at the Carnegie Free Library, Carnegie, PA.  A film, The Angel of Marye’s Heights, will be shown in the music hall, a cool room in and of itself; I’m told proceeds from the ticket sales going toward the library and its Civil War collection.  After the movie, the Espy Post GAR room (above via the Pittsburgh Post Gazette) will be open for tours, with additional artifacts from the collection on display.  I’ve written about the room before here, but you can see more on the manuscript and artifact collection here.  In short, the room was pretty much sealed up in the ’30’s after the vets stopped meeting, with all contents left in place (pretty much).  Back in the 80’s it was opened up and the whole room and much of the contents restored over a 20 year period.  It’s something to see.  The library also has a Civil War collection on display in another area.

Details on this event are available here.








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