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« on: February 26, 2014, 02:34:37 PM »

Date: May 16 -18, 2014
Name: Enduring the Storm: Hopewell 1864
Location: Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Elverson, PA
Sponsor/Host: Jessica Craig
Capacity: @ 40 civilians

POC: Jessica Craig snowcraig@ymail.com or
Website: http://hopewell.mainecav.org/
Listserve: Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/agatheringbeforethestorm/

Join us in recreating a few days in the life of an early industrial village at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. This event builds on previous events that depicted life leading up to and during the Civil War. This year, in keeping with the 150th anniversary cycle, we will portray spring 1864.

Hopewell Furnace is located in Southeastern Pennsylvania and is a remarkably intact example of a 19th century iron furnace village. The furnace, which still exists today, was in operation from 1771 to 1883 and produced a wide range of finished goods and raw materials. The village includes the ironmaster?s house, the furnace complex, several dwelling houses, a boarding house, a blacksmith shop, a spring house, barns, and outbuildings. The setting is rural with little modern distractions and naturally beautiful.

This civilian-only event will portray everyday life in Hopewell Village in 1864. There will be primarily sustained first person interaction with third person interaction at times with the public. The event lends itself to impressions ranging from the poorest servant to wealthy visitors from Philadelphia. This is an opportunity to interpret the lives of people who not only made the iron possible, but of the villagers who made Hopewell village self-sufficient.

Hope to see you there!

Jess Craig
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Atlantic Guard Soldiers' Aid Society
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