Strathearn Museum Encampment and Winter Barn Dance

A Civil War Alliance event

February 18-19, 2012

137 Strathearn Place

Simi Valley, CA 93065

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30 January 2012

My fellow reenactors,
 
We're not that far away from the encampment at Strathearn Historical Park and Museum on February 18 and 19.
 
Besides Living History and a fine opportunity to interact with the public, this event offers a chance to join your fellow reenactors at a dance in a great old barn and to enjoy a great party that night. Ginger Alberti will serve as the dance caller. Everyone attending the event will be asked to donate $3.00 for the dance/party.
 
With the demise of the event at Knott's Berry Farm, this event will allow us to do basically the same things that we did at Knott's, the sole exception being that we cannot fire cannons.
 
You may arrive after noon on Friday. All vehicles need to be out of camp by 10:00 on Saturday.
Here's the schedule:
CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18

10:00 Camps Open to the Public
10:30 Cavalry Demonstration
11:00 Artillery Demonstration
11:30 Infantry Demonstration
12:00 President Lincoln Gives His Gettysburg Address
12:30 Civil War Period Dance Demonstration (Public Participation Is Encouraged)
1:00 Civilian Demonstration
1:30 Cavalry Demonstration
2:00 Artillery Demonstration
2:30 Infantry Demonstration
3:00 Civilian Demonstration
3:30 President Lincoln Gives His Gettysburg Address
4:00 Camps Close to the Public

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19


10:00 Camps Open to the Public
10:30 Cavalry Demonstration
10:55 Artillery Demonstration
11:20 Infantry Demonstration
11:45 President Lincoln Gives His Gettysburg Address
12:10 Civil War Period Dance Demonstration (Public Participation Is Encouraged)
12:35 Civilian Demonstration
1:00 Cavalry Demonstration
1:25 Artillery Demonstration
1:50 Infantry Demonstration
2:15 Civilian Demonstration
2:40 President Lincoln Gives His Gettysburg Address
3:00 Camps Close to the Public
 
Directions via the 118 Freeway from the San Fernando Valley: Take the 118 Freeway through Simi Valley to the last exit, Madera Road. Exit and turn left. Continue about a half mile to Strathearn Place and turn right. Continue to the museum at the end.
 
From the 101 Freeway: Take the 23 North in Thousand Oaks. Continue through Moorpark and take the first Simi Valley exit, Madera Road. Exit and turn right. Continue about a half mile to Strathearn Place and turn right. Continue to the museum at the end.
 
Minors without parents present will need to bring a release signed by a parent. You can find it elsewhere on the web site.
 
Come join us for this mid-winter Living History and party, and have a great time with your friends.

Ed Mann

 

6 December 2011

My fellow reenactors,
The encampment at Knott's Berry Farm will not take place in February. There has been a change of management at KBF, and there is apparently no interest in having another encampment. Alas.
So, we'll move on.
As some of you may recall, last June there was History Day at the Strathearn Museum in Simi Valley. The folks there were happy to have a Civil War component at this event. They have now invited us to have an encampment there on Presidents Day Weekend, February 18-19.
The grounds include several buildings, the most important of which is a home, the rear wing of which was built in 1794. Other buildings have been moved there to add to the collection. Check out these photos of the museum grounds that take on the appearance of an historical village: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150214098191705.312882.372623886704&type=1

We are presented with a great opportunity here. We can perform our usual Living History program during the day for the public (including the firing of muskets, pistols, and carbines), and at night, we can have a great reenactor party in the best indoor setting I have seen for a dance at a Civil War reenactment or encampment in my 22 seasons as a reenactor. This rustic, antique barn with a concrete floor is in a class by its own, and it offers a great location for a great mid-winter get together with your fellow reenactors.

You can expect more information to be forthcoming in the near future. For now, however, please place this promising new event in Simi Valley on your February calendar, and put an end to your winter doldrums!
Ed Mann

 

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