Common Ground on the Hill presents Common Ground on Seminary Ridge on Friday & Saturday, August 2-3, 2013, a two-day exploration of photography, dance, music, history and culture, connecting modern practices to those during the Civil War. Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg at one of the most significant battle locations: the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, including free admission to the newly renovated Seminary Ridge Museum. See http://www.commongroundonthehill.org/seminary_ridge_classes.html for the full schedule!
A free Music, Gettysburg! concert includes the Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware and folksingers and storytellers Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, followed by a Civil War era dance with Dance Masters Briant and Karin Bohleke and music by Dearest Home. The Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware practice one of the oldest forms of African American music, blending African and Methodist worship. In “Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital,” participants will learn about the history of a Civil War hospital in its actual location: Christ Lutheran Church. The Common Ground on the Hill Veterans Initiative will explore the effects of war on Civil War veterans, relating to the experiences of veterans of modern war.
Workshops will include:
The Blue and Gray in Black and White
Where Your Treasure Is: Gettysburg and Civil War Veterans
Whose Bible?: How the Scriptures were used to attack and defend slavery in 19th Century America
Voices of History ~ Duty and Devotion; The Making of the Seminary Ridge Museum
Daniel Alexander Payne
Photography: the Modern Chronicler of History
Getting Religion at Gettysburg: The Civil War and a New Birth of Freedom at a Seminary
Anti-War Activism and the Civil War
Civil War Era Fiddle Tunes
Civil War Era Songs
Civil War Era Hymns
About the Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware: http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-06-14/lifestyle/35459284_1_fragile-traditions-black-churches-gospel
Sparky and Rhonda Rucker: http://www.sparkyandrhonda.com/
DearestHome: http://www.dearesthome.com/ and http://www.reverbnation.com/dearesthome
Seminary Ridge Museum: http://www.seminaryridgemuseum.org/
History of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and the Battle of Gettysburg: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutheran_Theological_Seminary_at_Gettysburg
Common Ground on the Hill is a multicultural community of musicians, artists, writers, lecturers, actors, and dancers, sharing skills with students of all ages and with one another, seeking to improve ourselves, our communities and our world as we meet, share and celebrate our arts and cultures on "common ground." Based on the campus of McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, since 1994, Common Ground on the Hill includes 2 monthly concert series (in Baltimore and Westminster), the venerable Deer Creek Fiddler's Convention, the Common Ground on the Hill Roots Music and Arts Festival, two weeks of Traditions Week courses in art, dance, music, film, human arts, and discussion classes, Common Ground on Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg, PA, and the Ira & Mary Zepp Center for Nonviolence and Peace Education. Common Ground on the Hill is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Cost: $150 for the weekend. Cost includes 6 class periods, Saturday lunch, concerts and a ticket to the Seminary Ridge Museum.
Register online at http://www.commongroundonthehill.org/seminary_ridge_classes.html. Online registration closes on Thursday, August 1; in-person registration available on Friday, August 2 at 11 AM.