Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to 1864—a living history portrayal and celebration of the Rebirth of Chambersburg—on July 17, 2021. Nearly 157 years ago, on July 30, 1864, General John McCausland and 2,800 Confederate cavalrymen ransomed Chambersburg for $100,000 in gold or $500,000 in Yankee currency. Chambersburg could not pay the ransom and the town was fired, leaving more than 500 structures in ashes and 2,000 people without homes. Yet, Chambersburg grew out of the ashes of destruction and is once again a thriving community in southcentral Pennsylvania.
“Since the first 1864 event, a common question is: why celebrate a town’s burning?” said Janet Pollard, Executive Director of Franklin County Visitors Bureau, the organization responsible for the annual event. Pollard explained, “1864 celebrates the rebirth of the town and the spirit of the people, who brought Chambersburg to life.”
1864 began as a kick-off event for Civil War 150 in 2011. Partnering with nearby Gettysburg PA, Franklin County highlighted its significant Civil War history. Over the past ten years, the event continued to grow as a celebration of the spirit of people and community.
Join in celebrating the Rebirth of Chambersburg on July 17 with a full day.
- Old Market Day Street Festival, 9AM – 4 P M, throughout downtown Chambersburg with more than 125 craft, food, and art vendors plus music.
- Puppet fun and fan-making for kids at 11/30 Visitors Center, 9 AM – 4 PM
- Civil War Walking Tours, 11 AM – 5 PM, at the 11/30 Visitors Center – FREE
- “Tourist in My Town” Exhibit at Chambersburg Council for the Arts, 103 N. Main, 9 AM-4PM
- A Conversation with Grandmother Edna: Fabric Art & Storytelling, 1 PM at the 11/30 Visitors Center, followed by a chance to make a little fabric art – FREE.
- Pre-Burning Activities – 6 PM – 7 PM- FREE glow-in-the-dark temporary tattoos, face painting, photos with cast of 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth, children’s activities.
- PA Army Reserve Rock Climbing Wall, next to 11/30 Visitors Center, 5:30 PM-8 PM.
- Jim Rada, author & historian, 11/30 Visitors Center, 5:30 PM-8PM
- A Cappella & Unplugged Finals, 7 PM – Final round of the A Cappella & Unplugged competition with winner announced just after 8 PM
- 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth Light Show- 8:45 PM – The re-enactment and light show done completely with atmospheric effects, lights, and actors! Join the thousands that gather to watch as the town is transported back to 1864 and history comes to life.
Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to “A Conversation with Grandmother Edna: Fabric Artist and Storyteller” on July 17 at 1 PM in the Great Room of the 11/30 Visitors Center, on the square in Chambersburg PA. Visitors can enjoy more than a dozen quilts and pillow covers, created by Grandmother Edna and learn how she expresses herself through art to tell stories of her life and America’s history. The art, called “Pillow Talk” is on display in the lobby of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Centers.
Williams hails from Baltimore and is displaying at the 11/30 Visitors Center through the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s relationship with the African American Historical Association of Western Maryland.
“I reach back to move forward. It is the only way to grow,” said Grandmother Edna. Her “Pillow Talk” display includes stories that connect directly to her mother, father, and grandmother as well as highlight her meetings with poet Maya Angelou and actor Harry Belafonte. Others tell stories related to enslavement and civil justice. Williams believes storytelling is a means to connecting people and endorses the importance of history stating, “Why create a mountain when you can cross a hill.”
“Pillow Talk” is displayed as part of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center’s Let The Journey Begin…People, Places, Possibilities. In addition to the storytelling quilts of Grandmother Edna, the exhibit looks at the quest for freedom from the earliest European settlers to the importance of the Pennsylvania Constitution’s Environmental Amendment.
“A Conversation with Grandmother Edna” is free and open to the public. To reserve seating, please register here. A Conversation with Grandmother Edna is presented by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau as part of the July 17 Chambersburg Comes To Life Celebration, which includes the living history portrayal and light show depicting the 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg.
Wednesdays in June 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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9958 Rabbit Road S, Greencastle, PA 17225
Joyful Arts is excited to announce our newest class aimed at inspiring young artists!
Waves of Emotion, an abstract piece, is created using Inktense color pencil and watercolors on Bristol board.
While creating this 11×14 masterpiece, your child will explore art theory, color theory, depth perception, and storytelling through art.
We will be primarily focusing on expressing emotion through their own individual works of art.
Now is the perfect time for your child to get back out in the world and socialize while expressing their feelings after a year of isolation. A perfect way to kick off summer!
This class will be a 4-part series, on Wednesdays throughout the month of June. This class will also be taught outside, please dress appropriately.
Live 18th Century Living History, Immerse yourself in Nature and share your passion with others through Educational Programs. Join the CI team!
The Conococheague Institute (CI) a Non-Profit Museum and Gardens in Franklin County PA, is looking for a passionate employee to increase the Visitor’s Experience of its unique Cultural and Natural Resources
The Historic Warden and Programming Lead will have an incredible opportunity to educate the public on America’s early Colonial History in an engaging and dynamic atmosphere. They will be responsible for maintaining the Historic Garden and perform 18th Century Living History Crafts and programs from the Cabins.
These roles will be performed in 18th Century clothing, to provide an immersive experience as possible for the visitor.
With a unique story of 18th Century Life, our story features Women and Men, Enslaved People, Native Americans, as well as Welsh, English, Scotch-Irish, and German Residents. As such the applicant would have a wide array of stories to portray.
In order to ensure the Visitor has a safe and enjoyable visit, the Historic Warden’s other duties will involve weekly maintenance of the grounds and buildings, as well as behind the scene programming development and other duties as assigned.
Want to live an 18th Century life, and inspire others to appreciate our American Story? Apply now by sending in a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact CI for more information on the position and more details.
Applications will be accepted until March 10th, and interviews may be conducted in person, virtually, or by phone.
Complete job description below. CI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.