Reunion activities are open to the public. Admission is free, with the exception of a session-ending barbecue and concert.
The reunion will celebrate the donation to St. Bonaventure’s Friedsam Memorial Library of the Mark H. Dunkelman and Michael J. Winey Collection of the 154th New York Volunteer Infantry. The collection includes documentary material as well as numerous prints, objects and artifacts related to the regiment. Known as the Hardtack Regiment, the Civil War infantry was raised in southwestern New York state’s Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.
Additional reunion events include:
• 3:45-4:15 p.m.: The opening of a Quick Center exhibition of Civil War artifacts from Dunkelman’s collection.
• 4:15-5:15 p.m.: A panel discussion titled “Looking Back at the War” with Civil War authors Eric Wittenberg, Kris White and Dan Davis. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Chris Mackowski, professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure and a prolific Civil War author.
• 5:15-6 p.m.: Browse the Quick Center exhibition and a second one in Friedsam Library, a short walk across campus. The Friedsam exhibition focuses on photographs and documents from Winey’s collection.
• 6 p.m.: The day concludes with a barbecue dinner under a tent on the lawn next to the Magnano Centre’s Café La Verna, followed by a musical performance by Rush the Growler. The band will perform its renditions of letters and poems written by members of the regiment, set to period music. The dinner and concert is open to all for a cost of $30 per person.
For more information about reunion activities or to register, go to www.sbu.edu/154threunion. On-campus accommodations are available for $50 per night and may be booked online as well.
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