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Stonewall Jackson in the Valley Seminar

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2009 Seminars to focus on Stonewall Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart
 Some of the nation’s top historians will provide an in-depth look at Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson during a five-day seminar in July.
“Stonewall Jackson in the Valley” will be presented July 22-26 at the Plaza Hotel, 1718 Underpass Way. The seminar will include bus tours of Jackson’s famous 1862 valley campaign and will include discussions by Ed Bearss, Eric Wittenberg and other historians. Stephen Lang, an actor who portrayed Jackson in “Gods and Generals,” and who had roles in “Tombstone” and “Gettysburg,” also will participate (schedule permitting).
The seminar by Chambersburg Civil War Tours is sponsored by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce in south central Pennsylvania. The organization has offered seminars focusing on the history of the region since 1989. Chambersburg is 25 miles west of Gettysburg and just slightly farther from Antietam National Battlefield near Hagerstown.

The seminars, coordinated by historian Ted Alexander and the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, have raised more than $100,000 for battlefield preservation since their inception in 1989. “Since the seminars began 20 years ago in 1989, more than 6,000 men and women from 38 states and four foreign countries have trekked to our area to take part in these educational seminars,” Alexander said. Four Civil War seminars in 2008 attracted 289 people to Chambersburg from throughout the United States and Canada.
The concluding seminar in 2009 will be “Riding with J.E.B. Stuart,” from Oct. 9-11 at the Four Points Sheraton in Chambersburg.
For more information on the seminars, contact the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce at (717) 264-7101 or see the Web site, http://www.chambersburgcivilwarseminars.org. Costs vary depending on the sessions attended. Price includes motor coach transportation for guided tours, seminar materials and some meals.

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