Special Program: Civil War Reenactors: May 7, 3-5 pm
Exhibition Dates: May 7 – July 23, 2016
Cost: Free and open to the public
History will come alive when American Civil War reenactors visit Sandy Spring Museum on Saturday, May 7. Among the distinguished guests will be Montgomery County’s first public health officer, 19th century Rockville physician and Civil War surgeon Dr. Edward E. Stonestreet. Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet Dr. Stonestreet, hear fascinating war stories and explore Civil War era medical devices. There will also be some Civil War era clothing for attendees to try on.
The 30,000 American Civil War reenactors across the country are a diverse group of people who share a common interest in the most all-encompassing war that ever took place on the North American continent. The majority of reenactment events take place in the eastern United States, where most major battles occurred.
This special opportunity to see live Civil War reenactors comes as part of our opening reception for Living History of the Civil War , a photographic interpretation of modern-day Civil War reenactors by J. David Wonderling.
Artist J. David Wonderling’s photography is influenced by his observations and experiences as an Army journalist and photographer with the 20th Engineer Brigade in Vietnam in 1970. Also a writer and editor, Wonderling combines his love of photography with a keen interest in history. Wonderling brings a “you are there” feel to his images, in a way that only someone with a soldier’s personal experience can do.
Wonderling has won numerous awards for his work. His photographs have been featured in several gallery exhibits and in his book, A Conflict in Blue and Gray: Living History of the Civil War. Making his home in Olney, Maryland, Wonderling lives within a short distance of three major Civil War battlefields: Gettysburg, Manassass and Antietam, where the majority of photographs in the exhibition were shot.
Living History of the Civil War is Wonderling’s tribute to the men and women who invest their time, money and energy to bring Civil War living history to life.
About Sandy Spring Museum
The Sandy Spring Museum is located at 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860. Sandy Spring Museum is a gathering place where people can develop meaningful connections by exploring community history through the visual, literary, and performing arts. The museum is open to the public Wednesdays – Saturdays from 10 am – 5 pm. For more information, call (301) 774-0022 or visit www.sandyspringmuseum.org.