You are cordially invited to join
us in dancing for preservation
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
JOIN US FOR A VERY SPECIAL EVENING IN SUPPORT OF AN IMPORTANT CAUSE
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
DANCE IN A SPECTACULAR SETTING
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!
AN OUTSTANDING BAND WILL PROVIDE THE MUSIC
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
INSPIRING DANCERS WILL LEAD THE DANCING
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
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.
INFORMATION AND TICKETS
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or Gettysburg@pahouse.net