2018 Arts and Heritage Festival, June 2, 2018

Lee and Grant in the Parlor at the Surrender Meeting


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News Release Date: June 2, 2018

Contact: Shea Klein, 434-664-0012

May 25, 2018               Contact:              Shea Klein
Release Date: Immediate                                 Phone No:          434-664-0012                
Appomattox Court House NHP and the Appomattox 1865 Foundation Host Arts and Heritage Festival June 2
Appomattox, Va. – The Appomattox 1865 Foundation and Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, with support from the National Environmental Education Foundation will host an Arts and Heritage Festival in the park on Saturday, June 2nd.  This family friendly event with free admission will offer activities and programs that connect the present with the past through hands-on experiences from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The Park is open  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
The daily life of those who lived in the village of Appomattox Court House in 1865 are not so different from our own and this is evidenced in the food they ate, the letters they wrote, the jobs they held and the way they saw the world. Take a step back to 1865 and see the human side of the momentous events that shaped our town, state, and country in the Civil War Era. 
According to Shea Klein, Foundation Administrator and Event Coordinator, “We hope to facilitate a greater understanding of the modern world by looking to the past.  This event will provide a hands-on look at how our forefathers lived and how their lives were impacted by war.  The way we see the world and our experiences in life have always been interpreted through artistic endeavors, and this event will highlight that commonality. “ 
The festival will offer a variety of activities and experiences for all ages throughout the day including genealogy, parole pass printing, writing Civil War letters, Blacksmith Demonstrations, living history and music, and children’s games, arts, and crafts.  
10:00 AM:  Meet the Author, Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz, Bound to the Fire:  How Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine   (also at 12:00 PM)
10:30 AM:  Story Time for Young Visitors (also at 12:30 and 2:30)
11:00 AM:  Plein Air Art Session with Susan Book (also at 2:00 PM)
11:00 AM:  Sweeney Cabin Tour with David Wooldridge and Shea Klein
12:00 PM:   Museum Tour with Park Historian, Patrick Schroeder
1:00 PM:     Civil War Newspapers Presentation, Dr. Adam Dean of Lynchburg College
                   (also at 3:00 PM)
2:30 PM:     Legacy of Appomattox in Art with Park Interpreter Carl Lynch
For more information, contact the Foundation at info1865foundation@gmail.com.  For a detailed list of programs please follow the park on Facebook and Twitter, or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/apco .  You can also contact the park at 434-352-8987 ext. 226. We hope to see you there!
About Appomattox Court House National Historical Park: On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia signaled the end of the nation's largest war. The stories of Appomattox Court House go far beyond the final significant battles of this nation's Civil War. Learn more at www.nps.gov/apco.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.govon Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.
About The Appomattox 1865 Foundation: The mission of the Appomattox 1865 Foundation is to enrich the understanding and appreciation of the heritage and significance of Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. The Foundation focuses on efforts to preserve the past, augment financial support, commemorate history and enhance each and every visitor’s experience.
Robin Snyder

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Last updated: June 5, 2018

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