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History will come alive at BCSP

EAST LIVERPOOL–Friends of Beaver Creek State Park will present “A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier” from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Village, recreating the everyday routine of a soldier during the Civil War. Visitors can tour encampments and learn directly from artillery and infantry re-enactors. Opening ceremonies and drill demonstrations start at noon. Get close to a cannon. Black powder demonstrations include cannon and musket firing. Get pictures taken in civil war clothing (uniforms provided). Meet Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln as they stroll around the village. Gather at the barn shortly after noon, when the speaker series begins. Relax for a while and enjoy Civil War period music presented by Alice, Earl and Eric Whitehill. Tour the village noon to 4 p.m. and visit the trading post for refreshing drinks, snacks and souvenirs. The event is free to attend.

Speaker series in the barn:

“Connivers in Corsets” … Barbara Toncheff portrays female spy/smuggler Belle Montgomery and talks about female spies and their contributions to both sides of the war. Enjoy this fun and interesting little known side of the Civil War as Belle speaks in the barn shortly after opening ceremonies and will be available to share her stories throughout the event.

“Columbiana County’s Common Soldier” presented by local historian, Attorney Tim Brookes of East Liverpool 1 p.m. in the barn. Nearly 3,000 county men served in the Union forces, and a few in Confederate service. Nearly 400 lost their lives to wounds or disease. Their individual stories are frequently discoverable and occasionally tragic .Tim has been collecting their information for nearly 40 years.

“A Visit By President Abraham Lincoln” … John and Marian King of ‘We Made History’ portray President and Mrs. Lincoln at 2 p.m. in the barn.

Pioneer Village at Beaver Creek State Park is located at 12021 Echo Dell Road, East Liverpool. For information call 330-853-9940.

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