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June 28, 2013

Pearce Museums plan special events Saturday

Corsicana — The Pearce Museum will host an all-day event on Saturday in conjunction with the opening of its temporary exhibition, “Gettysburg: Standing with Desperate Bravery.”  

The all-day event, called Gettysburg Remembered, will feature a variety of activities for all ages.  

Three Civil War scholars will speak throughout the day, including  Dr. Richard McCaslin (UNF) at 11 a.m.; Dr. Tommy Stringer (Navarro College) at 12:30 p.m.; and Dr. Steven Woodworth (TCU) at 1:45 p.m.  All three lectures are free to the public.

“I am alone to blame: Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg” is the title of Dr. McCaslin’s program. McCaslin believes that historians who discuss the Battle of Gettysburg most often focus on how Gen. Robert E. Lee lost the engagement. Lee always insisted that the repulse of his Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg was entirely his fault, and he offered to resign his command in the summer of 1863. What he meant by this admission, and whether he is to bear the full blame for the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg, is the focus of this presentation.

Dr. Tommy Stringer, Navarro College Vice-President for Institutional Advancement, will speak about Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and how it puts the Civil War in perspective as a test of the success of the American Revolution. The nation founded on equality was in the midst of a war to determine whether such a nation could continue to exist.  Lincoln said that they were gathered to formally dedicate ground hallowed by the men, American citizens, who died there, but his speech turned the event into a rededication of the living and to the war effort to preserve a nation of freedom.  

Dr. Steven Woodworth’s program, “’Twas a Famous Victory: The Significance of Gettysburg & its Lasting Place in American Memory” asks why the battle was significant, what it accomplished, why it is so famous, and why Americans today remember it as they do.  

There are activities for children as well. Children will be able to create 19th century crafts, participate in old-time activities, and have their faces painted. Reenactors in 19th century garb will be present to teach children about life during the Civil War.  

Tours of both galleries and the special exhibition will be offered throughout the day and the museum will be open to the public, free of charge, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information about the Pearce Museum, call 903-875-7642.

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