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Civil War encampment set for GCC’s Medina campus

MEDINA – A full schedule of events, displays and demonstrations is planned this weekend when the Medina Campus Center of Genesee Community College hosts a Civil War Encampment.

Union and Confederate re-enactors will set up camp from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday on the campus at 11470 Maple Ridge Road, where there will be dioramas of war scenes and displays of infantry artifacts, children’s games and medical implements of the era.

There also will be demonstrations of 19th century black-smithing, candlemaking, music-making and mortuary practices.

During a parade from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday through downtown Medina, Mary Zimmerman Robinson, great-great-granddaughter of Civil War Capt. Erwin Bowen, will present a sword to re-enactor Simon Taylor in front of Bents Opera Hall, which was built during the Civil War.

A Victorian Cotillion will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Central Tent, while children’s activities will be offered in the Campus Center.

For a complete schedule, visit GCC’s Civil War Initiative blog at

The Civil War Initiative program will conclude with a presentation by GCC history professor Garth Swanson titled “New York’s Forgotten War – The War of 1812 and the Making of the Empire State,” at 7 p.m. in Room T-102 of the Conable Technology Building on GCC’s Batavia Campus.