Tuesday, June 14, 2011
PUBLIC INVITED TO TAPING AT LAUREL HILL CEMETERY ABOUT CIVIL WAR EXPERIENCE FOR WOMEN
The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) are teaming up once again to bring “Humanities on the Road,” an arts and culture-themed program to a statewide audience for a second season.
On Saturday, June 25 at 2:00 p.m., PCN and the PHC will take a look into the Civil Wartime experience for women during a discussion at the Laurel Hill Cemetery with historian, Judith Giesberg. Giesberg will talk about the life of Lydia Bixby, a widow and mother of five sons killed during the Civil War. Bixby was the recipient of a condolence letter from President Lincoln—perhaps the most famous condolence letter ever written.
Currently an Associate Professor of History at Villanova University, Giesberg has researched women and their wartime lives. From this research, she has recently authored, “Army at Home: Women and the Civil War on the Northern Home Front.”
Tickets to the June 25 event are free and are available on first come, first served basis. For information on tickets, contact 215-228-8200. Located on the banks of the Schuylkill River at 3822 Ridge Avenue in Philadelphia, Laurel Hill Cemetery is the first cemetery in the nation to be designated as a National Historic Landmark.
This “Humanities on the Road” taping is just one of the dozen on-location shoots at various cultural venues across the state before a live audience. Each program offers insight into the state’s vast cultural landmarks and ethnic heritage through interactive presentations. The second season premiere of “Humanities on the Road” hosted by award-winning broadcast journalist, Tracey Matisak, will debut on the statewide network during the fall of 2011.