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Preservation Ball for Readshaw's Gettysburg Monuments Project set for April 2


State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, will host his 13th Annual Gettysburg Preservation Ball from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 2 in the state Capitol Rotunda.

The ball supports the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project founded in 1997 by Rep. Readshaw. He began the crusade after reading a newspaper report about the toll of time, weather and vandalism on monuments at Gettysburg and the lack of federal funds for proper repairs and maintenance for the park's more than 1,000 monuments, regimental markers and artillery displays. This event supports the Pennsylvania unit monuments honoring and erected by Pennsylvanians, including the monument for the Pittsburgh Division.

Guests at the event will be greeted by the Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew 1861 Fife and Drum Corps, portraying the Civil War Field Music of the 1st Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps. The Boy Scout corps will also play during other musical breaks.

Period dance music will be provided by the Philadelphia Brigade Band, under direction of Richard Cummines. The 20-member brass ensemble will be attired in Union Army uniforms. The Victorian Dance Ensemble will lead the dancing and also demonstrate the steps for guests to join in with on the dance floor.

Among those expected to attend this year are Gov. Andrew Curtin portrayer David Klinepeter; Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Ed Clark, his wife Heidi and their son, Reed; and Gettysburg Foundation CFO Dan Bingaman and his wife. State Reps. Russ Diamond, R-Lebanon, and Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, are expected to attend with guests. Other anticipated attendees are state Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams/Franklin, his brother Dennis and his wife; and Linda Hall and Pamela Field, company representatives.

The annual event is held to honor and support more than 140 Pennsylvania monuments and markers, which require periodic cleaning and minor maintenance. The "Icons of Freedom," as Readshaw has labeled them, commemorate the tens of thousands of Pennsylvania volunteers who took part in the three-day engagement, by marking their positions on the fields and hillsides, and noting regimental and individual bravery and sacrifice. Most were erected by veteran survivors of the battle, assisted by allocations from the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

More information on the event may be requested via email at or by calling 717-732-5330.


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