Dancers Donate $1,000 to Repair Monument
The Civil War Dance Foundation donated $1,000 for the repair of the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park. The statue was knocked off its pedestal during a storm in June just before the 150th commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg. The damaged statue was placed back on its base for the anniversary but later taken down, repaired and returned to the battlefield.
The statue portrays a young soldier swinging his musket in hand-to-hand combat at the “high water mark” of Pickett’s Charge. The iconic monument appeared on the 2011 “America the Beautiful” series of quarters.
One of the major expenses was the rental of a crane to move the statue. GNMP Superintendent Bob Kirby said that the CWDF donation, “made the repair and placement process so much faster . . . we would have waited a lot longer to have the monument project completed.”
“Our organization is dedicated to supporting preservation and education projects and normally donates several thousand dollars at the end of the year to various worthy causes,” said Annette Keener-Farley, CWDF President, “When we learned of the damage to the 72nd’s monument, our members voted to make an early donation so that the repairs could be made quickly.”
The Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation, has a long history of supporting preservation at Gettysburg. The group leads the dancing at two major fund-raising balls each year. The Civil War Preservation Ball is held in the rotunda of the Pennsylvania Capitol Building in Harrisburg and the National Civil War Ball held on Dedication Day in Gettysburg. Since 2004, these two events have raised over $104,000 for Gettysburg National Military Park. The VDE has also performed for 15 years at the Park’s Annual Music Muster. Earlier this year, the CWDF helped to fund a special commemorative badge for 150th anniversary volunteers at the Park.
In 2011, the Civil War Dance Foundation was named the Reenactment Unit of the Year by the Civil War Trust in recognition of raising over $150,000 for over forty preservation and educational projects.