Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Our Upcoming Civil War Living History Event

Partnership with Maryland Historical Society

Civil War Living History Event
May 26th at 1:00 p.m.

When the Maryland Historical Society contacted Sotterley Plantation to be a partner site for their Civil War living history project, we quickly agreed. The Maryland Historical Society was applying for a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, and the living history they would create with this project would then go on the road and be held at different sites all over the state of Maryland. Sotterley is always excited to find new ways in which we can help make history come alive for our site’s visitors, and we were thrilled when the Historical Society received their grant and we could take part in this project.

On Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm meet two historic Marylander Civil War heroes portrayed by the Maryland Historical Society Players who bring history alive and make it relevant for today’s audiences. Clara Barton was known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” and was founder of the American Red Cross. Learn how one woman’s courage and generosity commanded the respect of every soldier. Also meet Christian Fleetwood, a Baltimore-born free black man who as a Union soldier willingly risked his life during the Civil War and became one of the first African-American’s to receive the Medal of Honor for bravery. Both performing artists, Britt Olsen-Ecker and Roderick Howard II, will bring to life the stories of these extraordinary individuals. They will also present a short talk highlighting Civil War era objects that appear in the Maryland Historical Society’s exhibit Divided Voices: Civil War in Maryland and will lead a discussion with the audience. The exhibit is open through 2015.

This free program is made possible by the Maryland Historical Society through the Maryland Humanities Council’s generous grant program. Call 301-373-2280 to reserve your seat, as space is limited!


Britt Olsen-Ecker as Clara Barton. Photo courtesy of KEN STANEK

This program was made possible with a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council.

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