Bushy Run Battlefield celebrates its 248th anniversary
By Erin Faulk
Published: Friday, Aug. 5, 2011,
Bushy Run Battlefield will celebrate its 248th anniversary this weekend with new attractions.
Museum facilitator Ryan Deglau said the event will focus mainly on the battle re-enactments, but that new features will provide more entertainment and historical content for the event.
"Ideally, we just want to keep people moving," Deglau said.
"(The Bushy Run Heritage Society board) felt there were lulls in activity in the past, so they decided to include these other programs.
"For the people who want to come and stay all day, they'll have these things to see."
The celebration will be held Saturday and Sunday on Route 993 in Penn Township.
Throughout the day, British camps and trade areas will be open to the public.
Re-enactors along the trails will give discussions and demonstrations about the site and the events that took place during the days of the battle.
A more in-depth Native American trades program also will be included this year.
Re-enactor Joe Merenda will demonstrate goods that would have been traded and discuss the importance of the interaction between Native Americans and the troops.
As visitors leave the battlefield, they will hear bagpipe music, courtesy of Dan Doran and his granddaughter, Danielle Szalanczy.
Doran, who volunteers as a tour guide at Bushy Run, said he's looking forward to contributing something new to the re-enactment weekend.
"I've always been a history buff, especially of the French and Indian War, and I just look forward to the whole re-enactment weekend," he said.
"I just think it's great that so many people come together for this. It's a great bit of history and it happened right in our area."
Sunday's events will begin with another new addition -- a divine worship ceremony led by Ed Vogler.
Deglau said the ceremonies, typically held on Sundays, served the double purpose of allowing the troops to worship while helping maintain a familiar routine.
"A lot of these men saw fighting for their country or the queen as their duty to God and this would only have served to reinforce that perspective," he said.
"A lot of it too was that they were able to maintain a lot of their rituals from back home."
Although the 250th anniversary of the battle is two years away, Deglau said the Bushy Run crew already is preparing for it.
The first of two souvenir coins commemorating the 250th anniversary will be available for sale starting Saturday.
"We're ready to start gearing up for that super early," Deglau said. "It's still early, but we have a lot in the works for it."
Bushy Run Battlefield 248th anniversary celebration
For a detailed schedule of events, call 724-527-5584.
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