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									Harpers Ferry National Historical Park                                                     National Park Service
                                                                                           U.S. Department of the Interior

Community Bulletin

Prospects of Peace: A Soldier’s Prayer 1864
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park         tution. For others, freedom seemed        making Yuletide confections. Meet at
invites the public to attend Prospects         imminent. The enslaved flooded            Roeder’s Confectionery.
of Peace: A Soldier’s Prayer 1864 on           into Union occupied areas, while the
December 6-7, 2008. This special pro-          Union moved to consider ordinances        3-5 pm “A Grand Military and Citi-
gram offers a glimpse into our Ameri-          to abolish slavery. President Lincoln     zen’s Ball” Join the 34th Massachusetts
can Civil War past. In 1864, the coun-         pressed forward with the 13th Amend-      Officers and their wives as they host a
try was torn apart by war, but families        ment to the Constitution, forever         Victorian Dance. Dance instruction
remained hopeful of reunion with their         banishing slavery. With Abraham           provided to period dance music.
loved ones.                                    Lincoln re-elected, the nation looked
                                               toward a new year, the conclusion of      6:00 pm “How the Yankees Stole
This living history program looks in on        war, prospects of peace, and possibly     Santa Claus” A Victorian shadow show
the town during its last wartime Yule-         freedom for 4 million enslaved African    for children of all ages.
tide in 1864. Union soldiers attempt to        Americans.
create their own version of Christmas                                                    7:30 pm “Prospects For Peace: A
at the front, while living in a town           Saturday, December 6, 2008                Soldier’s Prayer” A lantern-lit walking
of citizens with questionable loyal-                                                     tour. Space is limited. Reserve your
ties. With prospects of peace still four       12-9 pm Historic exhibits open.           free ticket at the Shenandoah Street
months away, young Charles Moulton,                                                      Information Center.
of the 34th Massachusetts Regiment,            12:30-2:30 pm “Decking the Halls:
stationed in the Provost Marshal’s             Ornaments for the Tree” Make and          9:30 pm Last park shuttle departs the
office, muses about happier times at           take a 19th century style ornament.       lower town for entrance station park-
home.                                                                                    ing.
                                               1-2 pm “The Perfect Gift: Christmas
It looks dubious about my coming home          1864” What did the people of Harpers      Sunday, December 2, 2008
for Christmas…                                 Ferry consider as appropriate gifts for
Oh for a silent peek in upon that jovial       this Yuletide?” Guided tour.              11-4pm Historic exhibits open
family circle.
                                               2-3 pm “A Cry For Peace. . .On            12 noon “The Perfect Gift: Christmas
Perhaps for many there was little              Earth” Soldiers look for disloyal citi-   1864” What did the people of Harpers
reason for Christmas cheer. Far from           zens aiding Confederate John Mosby.       Ferry consider as appropriate gifts for
home, soldiers dreamed of family               Guided tour including weapons firing      this Yuletide?” Guided tour.
hearths, while those at home mourned           and demonstration.
the absence or loss of a loved one.
Citizens, who recalled years of abun-          3-4 pm “Comfits and Sugared Con-
dance, now faced hunger and desti-             fections” Come see the process of
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, December 2008
Propects of Peace con’t.

1-2 pm “Comfits and Sugared Confec-
tions” Come see the process of making                                                                    In 2009 Harper Ferry NHP and part-
Yuletide confections. Meet at Roeder’s                                                                   ners will host a variety of events com-
Confectionery.                                                                                           memorating the 150th anniversary of
                                                                                                         the John Brown Raid.
2-3 pm “A Cry For Peace. . .On Earth”
Soldiers look for disloyal citizens aid-                                                                 For information on 150thupcoming
ing Confederate John Mosby. Guided                                                                       activities and events log on to http://
tour including weapons firing and                                                               or call 304-
demonstration.                                                                                           535-6298.

3-4 pm “Ho For Christmas” Carol-
ers, sometimes called ballad mongers,
strolled the streets in America tempting
pedestrians to purchase sheet music of
carols. Join this musical performance.                       Restoration Work                            Park Announces
                                                             Begins on Small                             Holiday Schedule
4 pm Special exhibits close.

6:45 pm Last park shuttle departs the
                                                             Arsenal                                     The Acting Superintendent of Harpers
                                                                                                         Ferry National Historical Park recently
lower town for entrance station                              The NPS Historic Preservation Train-        announced that the park will be closed
parking.                                                     ing Center will be stabilizing, repairing   on Thanksgiving Day, November 27;
                                                             and rehabilitating the site of the small    Christmas Day, December 25; and
                                                             arsenal building in the Lower Town          New Year’s Day, January 1, 2009. The
                                                             District of the park. This work will        park will reopen the day following
                                                             provide improved educational oppor-         each holiday at 8:00 a.m. The Harpers
                                                             tunities for park visitors. The project     Ferry Historical Association’s Book-
                                                             will be completed in time for the 2009      shop on Shenandoah Street will also be
                                                             events commemorating the 150th an-          closed on these holidays. This holiday
                                                             niversary of John Brown’s Raid.             schedule allows park and bookshop
                                                                                                         employees to spend time with their
                  National Park Service
                  U.S. Department of the Interior
                                                             Upcoming Events                             For additional information regarding
                                                                                                         park schedules and events, please call
                                                             February 1, 2009 – Black History
                                                                                                         the Visitor Center at 304-535-6298 or
 The history of Harpers Ferry has few parallels in the
                                                             Month Opening Ceremony
                                                                                                         log onto the park’s web site at www.
 American drama. It is more than one event, one              This opening event for Black History
 date, or one individual. It is multi-layered, involving a                                     
 diverse number of people and events, decisions and
                                                             Month 2009 features an exhibit on the
 actions that influenced the course of our nation’s          founder of The Niagara Movement,
  history. Visit Harpers Ferry and step into history.        Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois.

 Harpers Ferry National Historical Park                      April 18, 2009 – “A Prelude to His-
 P.O. Box 65
 Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425                          tory: The Wedding of Virginia Ken-
 Visitor Center
 304-535-6029                                                This opening event for the Harpers
                                                             Ferry National Historical Park John
 Harpers Ferry Historical Association Bookshop
 304-525-6881 or 800-821-5206
                                                             Brown Raid Sesquicentennial freatures
                                                             a full day of programs and activities
 Harpers Ferry NHP Home Page                                 focusing on the arrival of Captain John                                           Cook to Harpers Ferry and his subse-
                                                             quent marriage to Virginia Kennedy.
 The National Park Service cares for the                     Highlights include family & youth ac-
 special places saved by the American people                 tivities focusing on Harpers Ferry 1859
 so that all may experience our heritage.
                                                             and a dramatic presentation entitled,
                                                             “My Conspirator”, the life of Captain
                                                             John Cook as told by his sister, Kate.
                                                                                                               Community Bulletin, December 2008

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