The incident command team assembled at Manassas National Battlefield is making final preparations for the four-day observance of the 150th commemoration of the First Battle of Manassas, which will begin this morning with a ceremony at Henry Hill. Dr. Edward L. Ayers, president of the University of Richmond and historian of the American South, will give the keynote address.
A planning process that began more than a year ago is now coming to completion as park staff and partner organizations prepare to host thousands of visitors through Sunday. Incident commander Ed Wenschoff and team are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff in light of the excessive heat outlook.
Event programming includes guided tours, living history demonstrations, special lectures, and a concert by the Quantico Marine Corps Band. Exhibition areas on the battlefield include a living history camp on the grounds of the Henry House; a three-dimensional photographic exhibit displaying historic images of the battlefield, to be displayed near the Henry House; a medical aid station demonstration area on the grounds of the Stone House; and a family and youth program tent offering exhibits, programs, and activities for visitors of all ages on the grounds of the visitor center.
In addition, the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission will debut the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile on Henry Hill today. It will remain on site through this Sunday. The HistoryMobile is an immersive exhibit that will present multiple viewpoints on the Civil War. The exhibit will travel throughout Virginia and the nation during the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
Superintendent Ed Clark and staff are hoping to “inspire a new generation of historians” by using a full spectrum of social media sites. The sites will be updated continuously with schedule information, historical notes, pictures, videos, safety updates, and other pertinent information for those who will be visiting the park both in person and virtually.
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