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You are cordially invited to join
us in dancing for preservation
at the
2nd Annual Civil War Preservation Ball

In support of the Endowment Trust Fund
of the Gettysburg Monuments Project

7:00P.M., Saturday, March 12, 2005
Rotunda of the Pennsylvania Capitol Building
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


The monuments at Gettysburg were placed by the men who faced the "fiery trial" of the Civil 
War as a remembrance of their service and their lost comrades. Over the years, neglect took its 
toll on these monuments. 

State Representative Harry Readshaw from Allegheny County decided to do something about 
this tragic situation. He formed the Gettysburg Monuments Project and with the help of 
numerous individuals and organizations (collectively known as "Readshaw's Raiders") began 
raising money to restore the monuments. 

The Project met its initial goal by raising $160,000 for monument restoration. It is now in the 
process of raising $431,000 to create a permanent endowment fund that will maintain the 
monuments in the future. To date, $188,000 has been raised for the endowment and your 
participation in this Civil War Preservation Ball will help us move toward that goal. 

For more information about the project visit www.fourscore.org


The Civil War Preservation Ball to support the Gettysburg Monuments Project's Endowment 
Trust Fund will be held in the Rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building in Harrisburg. 
Standing in the Rotunda, President Theodore Roosevelt remarked, "It is the handsomest building 
I've ever seen." Our ball will be surrounded by stunning architecture, beautiful paintings, 
inspiring sculptures, and historical artifacts. Join us for this rare opportunity to dance in a very 
special place and to help us preserve our Civil War history!


The 28th Pennsylvania Regimental Brass Band is one of the few groups today recreating the 
brass band sound of the 19th century. The group is based on the pre-war Beck's Philadelphia 
Band, one of the many civilian bands that went off to war in 1861. These talented musicians 
continue the tradition of the "town band" that entertained generations of Americans with concert 
and dance music at home and led the troops into battle in times of war. The band has played for 
the Remembrance Day Ball in Gettysburg, the Lincoln Day Ball at the Union League in 
Philadelphia, and numerous other preservation events.

For more information about the band visit www.28thpabrassband.com


The nationally acclaimed Victorian Dance Ensemble will lead the dancing. This elegant troupe 
of dancers has presented programs for the Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, 
National Civil War Museum, Maryland Historical Society, Pamplin Park, Civil War Preservation 
Trust Teacher's Institute and numerous other preservation organizations. Using period dance 
manuals and rare hand-written dance master notes, the Ensemble recreates the dances of the mid 
19th century. 

Can't dance? Don't worry, the Ensemble is well known for its friendly style of instruction that 
encourages guests to participate and have fun! Additionally, those who purchase tickets may 
come for free to informal dances in York, Pa., on Sunday afternoons, January 30, February 20, 
and March 6 to learn the dances. Details and directions will be sent with ticket orders. 

For more information about the ensemble visit www.civilwardance.org

Both the 28th Pennsylvania Regimental Brass Band and the Victorian Dance Ensemble have 
been honored with citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for conducting 
fundraising balls and dance classes in support of historic preservation. 


Period attire is encouraged but modern coats and ties for gentlemen and dresses for ladies are 
acceptable for this fund raising event. 

Due to security measures in the Capitol, no firearms, edged weapons, ammunition or caps are 
allowed in the building. Each person must go through a security check. Tape will be provided 
to cover heel plates.

Street parking around the Capitol and in the nearby Walnut Street Garage will be available. 
A local street map will be sent with tickets. 

Tickets must be ordered in advance. 

COST $60 per couple $35 per person

MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO: PA Gettysburg Monuments Project

MAIL TO: Victorian Dance Ensemble, 2 Westminster Blvd., Camp Hill, PA 17011

Please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope to help defray costs.

For more information, email
civilwardancer@aol.com or Gettysburg@pahouse.net


more information:

Readshaw and the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project may be contacted by e-mail at gettysburg@pahouse.net or by phone, 717-783-0411.

Updated: February 11, 2003
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