May 7, 2012
Contact: Mark Brennan
SCRANTON, Pa. - In 1860, no one could have envisioned the carnage that would follow as America entered a Civil War that remains a defining moment in our nation's history. Historians still debate its causes, consequences and impact on our country. Some people may remember the names Crippen, DeLacy, Delaney, Oakford, Payne and Wilcox, some may not. All are local heroes and three are Medal of Honor recipients. Four survived the War, two did not. Their names are synonymous with places like Gettysburg, Antietam and Chancellorsville and all give us reason, as Northeast Pennsylvanians, to be proud of our Civil War heritage.
On Saturday, June 9, in conjunction with the National Park Service nationwide celebrations of the Civil War's 150th anniversary, Steamtown National Historic Site will partner with the Lackawanna County Historical Society and the City of Scranton's Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission to transport President Abraham Lincoln, along with some of his Generals and troops, for presentations at Carbondale and Jessup.
A special diesel-powered train will transport Mr. Lincoln and members of the Delaney-DeLacy Guard to both Lackawanna Valley stations. Mr. Lincoln, portrayed by nationally recognized living historian Jim Getty, will chat with guests aboard the train before delivering an inspirational speech at each station stop. Mr. Getty, viewed by many as the best and most accurate Lincoln re-enactor, will amaze guests with the depth of his study and understanding of our 16th President. Musicians of the Confederation of Union Generals will also provide period musical entertainment during the trip.
The Civil War was the first war in which railroads were a major factor. The President often traveled by train, and this journey will be no exception. The "Presidential party" will depart Steamtown NHS at 10:00 a.m. and proceed directly to Carbondale. While enroute, President Lincoln and some of his famous generals will mingle with passengers who can take photos and ask questions. A one-hour presentation begins at 11:40 a.m. at Carbondale Station. Mr. Getty's character will deliver a speech "on the need to preserve the Union," following music provided by the Civil War band. The special excursion will proceed next to Jessup Station, where Mr. Getty will again present his case "for preserving the Union" in an hour-long presentation beginning at 1:10 p.m. The excursion will return to Steamtown NHS at 3:15 p.m., where park visitors will also be able to meet, greet and pose for photos with the re-enactors.
Seating for this special excursion is very limited; also, this trip is not handicap accessible. Ticket prices are $24.00 for adults 16 to 61 years old, $22.00 for ages 62 and older and $12.00 for children 6 to 15. Children to age 5 are free with a paying adult, but a ticket is required. Excursion fares include the Park entrance fee. Reservations must be pre-paid, and tickets are non-refundable unless the excursion is cancelled by Park Management. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Phone (570) 340-5204 or 888-693-9391 to purchase tickets, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily.
Located in downtown Scranton, Pa., Steamtown NHS is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. From I-81 follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then, follow the brown and white signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. The full 2012 Excursion Schedule is available to view and print online at www.nps.gov/stea; additional general park information is available by phoning (570) 340-5200 during regular business hours, or by visiting the Park website anytime!
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