Well, even though our site hasn’t been updated in quite some time, the 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Living History Family has remained a very active organization, and look to stay active in 2021.
Since the last post on our site, we have been continuing to preserve the memory and sacrifice of the men of the 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, through a number of avenues, including Living History events and encampments, school and library programs, volunteer work with the Gettysburg Foundation and the National Park Service, and most importantly, ceremonial events and tributes, including grave site restoration and preservation.
Unfortunately, our website has taken a backseat to the activities mentioned above, which we hope to correct in the coming weeks. But even as it is, our site has continued to provide an avenue through which a number of folks, including fellow descendants of 62nd Volunteers, have managed to connect with us, and therefore, adding to the ongoing mission of remembrance and respect for the regiment.
That being said, while we are in the process of improving and updating our website, please take note of the tentative schedule of events and appearances that we have for 2021.
ARMSTRONG COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM & GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: MAY 22-23
This will be a small living history encampment in support of the Armstrong County Museum and its affiliated Genealogical Library…our goal is to draw folks back to the museum, to witness first hand the vast collection of Armstrong County related items, and with specific attention to the Civil War Room, featuring a large collection of artifacts, weapons, and memorabilia connected to the Veterans of the Civil War.
Once again, we are pleased to welcome Michael Kraus, historian, friend, and curator from Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh, PA…last year, Michael very graciously brought the original 62nd Sweitzer’s Brigade pennant [pictured above] to display in the museum dining room…the flag is riddled with holes and torn from the fighting both at Gettysburg and Spottsylvania…Mike will be appearing at the museum event on Saturday, May 22…additional authors, artists, and guest have been invited…the event will be open to the public from 11 AM to 4 PM on Saturday the 22nd, and from 1 PM to 4 PM on Sunday, May 23rd…there is curbside parking along both Vine and McKean Streets, as well as a small lot for those with accessibility concerns behind the museum via the Grant Street entrance…
ARMSTRONG COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM AND GENEALOGICAL LIBRARY
300 NORTH MCKEAN STREET, KITTANNING, PA 16201
GETTYSBURG: JUNE 4-6
This is normally a big weekend for our “volunteers”…we usually have a nice group to support the Gettysburg Foundations “Volunteer Work Day” event, as well as our duties with the National Park Service and the Adopt-A-Position Program, where we have been striving to assist in the cleanup and maintenance of the 62nd monument site, and the Wheatfield proper…
Unfortunately, at this time, both events have been canceled for 2021…nonetheless, a number of us are still planning to be in Gettysburg, and hope to be able to find a way to volunteer and do something productive…
[Part of our crew, the Lavezoli family, painting fences at the Eisenhower Farm several years ago]
GETTYSBURG: 158TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE [JULY 1-4]
While a few of the details remain to be confirmed, the 62nd PVI LHF will be present to commemorate the anniversary at Gettysburg…we will make every attempt to be present to post the Colors around the monument on Friday, July 2nd, and we will plan on conducting our annual “Wheatfield Tribute” at the monument site on Saturday, July 3rd, at 10 AM…
It is possible that we will have a small encampment at the Lightner Farmhouse B&B along Route 97 South during the weekend, though not confirmed at this time…
GETTYSBURG HERITAGE CENTER: OCTOBER 9-10
For a number of years now, our living history weekend at the Gettysburg Heritage Center has been one of our favorite events…being along Steinwehr Avenue within site of battlefield, where we can meet and greet the many, many visitors, from lifelong residents of the storied town, to the first time travelers, and talk about the town, the battle, and how our ancestors made a mark in the history of our nation there…and the museum, book store and gift shop there are “first rate” as they would have put it!
GETTYSBURG REMEMBRANCE WEEKEND: NOVEMBER 19-21
The activities for Remembrance Day bring about more of a sense of “duty” than any other event…for Remembrance Day itself, this year being the 20th of November, we typically begin with our “Wheatfield Tribute” ceremony at the monument at 10 AM…then we prepare to take our place in line for the parade, which usually steps of at 1 PM…following the parade, we have a tradition of gathering at Friendly’s for a meal together, before parting for a few hours to re-group…then, with a deep spirit of humility and honor, we head to the Soldiers National Cemetery to stand as Honor Guard at the Illumination of the Cemetery…we have been sharing this duty with our friends and comrades in the 66th OVI for a few years now…weather and disease has prompted the cancelation of the Illumination recently, but we will pray for both to subside this November…also, the Gettysburg Address Commemoration at the Cemetery takes place on November 19th, this year being on Friday…this is a memorable ceremony that everyone should experience!
CHRISTMAS AT THE MUSEUM: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28
Two years ago we hosted a “Christmas Open House” at the Armstrong County Historical Museum…in about three hours or so, over one hundred and fifty guests milled through the beautifully adorned McKain House, while the music of Christmas echoed through each room, filled with faces and memorabilia from the county through the years…the aroma of wassail and baked goods kept anyone from rushing out the door…a memorable day indeed…and though last year it had to remain a memory, we are looking forward to decking the museum halls again in 2021…hours will be from 1 to 4 PM…we hope you can join us!
And so, there you have our schedule for 2021…in the meantime, we are always open for opportunities to share our love of history, and humble pride for the boys of the 62nd PA Volunteer Infantry…we will try to keep the calendar updated as things are added or changed…
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SOON!