James McCarthy

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, March 9, 10, 11 at 10:00am
Storyteller James McCarthy: Gettysburg Dawn to Dark
Hosted by Kaunoa Senior Center
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Explore the past and present, triumphs and tragedies of America’s most famous battlefield. Selected from a national pool of artists as the Artist in Residence for Gettysburg National Military Park, James B. McCarthy lived in the 175 year old Kilingle farmhouse, which saw heavy action during the battle. This three-day series provides an outline of each of the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg. James will share his unique experience there including unusual experiences, fascinating insights, and the oral history of the battle itself.

Suitable for upper elementary school students and older.

Day 1: The Land and its Heroes
Today, we lay the basic groundwork for this massive confrontation, including the Union search for the ‘missing’ Confederate armies. Songs of the era and modern compositions as well as first-hand field experiences will highlight the ‘hallowed ground.’

Day 2: Chicken Skin at High Noon
July 2, 1863 was a day of hurried heroism and fierce fighting. Walking solo through the area yields both beauty and terror.

Day 3: The African American Experience
Carrying the torch, bearing the burden. After the historic Pickett’s Charge, African Americans of Gettysburg stepped forward after much trauma to rebuild their lives and help heal the nation. But was their effort honored? Their stories are as fascinating as any but are rarely shared.