Harvard Center will be host to a number of Civil War-related activities on June 6-8. Visitors are welcome to participate in any or all of the scheduled events, all free to the public. Children are welcome.
Dates and times for public events:
* Civil War Encampment on Harvard Common — Re-enactors of the 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, known as the “Irish Brigade,” will encamp on the Harvard Common on Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., courtesy of a grant from the Harvard Schools Trust and the efforts of Bromfield teacher Kristin McManus. These “living historians” will recreate life within the regiment during their 1864 campaign. There will be drilling and other hands-on activities for children.
* Living History Tour at the Harvard Center Burying Ground Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come to the Center Cemetery to meet citizens who took part in the war and hear their personal stories. Tours will begin at 11 a.m. and run continuously until 1 p.m.
* Harvard’s Civil War Artifact Exhibit at the Center on the Common Friday, June 6, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come see Harvard’s own collection of Civil War artifacts! The Harvard Historical exhibit Civil War artifacts — uniforms, canteens, soldier’s pictures, guns, swords, Confederate currency, letters from the battlefield and many other items relevant to Harvard’s part in the war.
* Re-dedication of the Harvard Civil War Memorial Monument on the Common Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m. Pay your respects in a rededication of the monument to honor Harvard’s Civil War veterans. The ceremony will feature re-enactors from the 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Kristin McManus will conduct the ceremony with Bromfield history teacher and town resident Kevin Foster as the featured speaker. Rev. Greg Schmidt of the Congregational Church will provide a blessing.
These events are sponsored by Harvard Historical Society in coordination with Kristin McManus, Bromfield School and Bromfield Schools Trust.