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Last Wednesday night we were delighted to host historian, actor and friend of the Dietrich, Ed McMullen for his presentation “An Overview of the Civil War 150 Year Later.” An audience of 140 students and adults listened to his sobering talk about the tremendous loss our country suffered during the war. When he spoke about the amount of muskets that were gathered from battlefields of soldiers who were killed or injured during battle, it gave me chills. Ed also brought eight special guests with him from the Confederation of Union Generals. Dressed in authentic Civil War era clothing, members of this group portrayed historical figures from the American Civil War era using first person narratives in order to educate us about the persons depicted. John Hart portrayed General Winfield Scott and Ray Sulger took on the role of General John A. Logan, who is responsible for our celebration of Memorial Day today. We would like to thank Ed McMullen and the Confederation of Union Generals for the wonderful evening.

We will be presenting another Civil War sesquicentennial event this Sunday, June 30 at 3 p.m. at the Dietrich Theater with Thomas Jolin called “Civil War Era Music.” The trauma of the Civil War produced a tremendous amount of music as the nation mourned and sought relief from the death of over 600,000 Americans. Songs about soldiers’ lives, domestic scenes, minstrel traditions and the fight to end slavery give us insight into what life was really like during that time. Admission is free. This event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

Tickets are available by calling 570.996.1500 or visiting the Dietrich’s ticket booth. You don’t want to miss it.

Our summer camps for kids launched this week at the Dietrich with Kid TV and Digital Arts Camp taught by Rand Whipple of Box of Light Theatre.

Then in July, the Dietrich will host Monsters Art School: Theatre and Visual Arts Camp with instructors Amy Colley and Michaela Moore. During the week of July 8 through 12 from 10 a.m. to noon, students ages five to 12 will come to the Dietrich and become monsters for the week. Campers will create their own monster characters and a monster play. Admission is $60. To sign up, call the Dietrich at 570.996.1500.

If you would like to help support children’s art and education programming at the Dietrich, join us on July 2 anytime from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Perkins in Tunkhannock. All you need to do is pick up your Perkins fundraiser ticket at the Dietrich’s ticket booth. Then on July 2, when you enjoy a meal at Perkins in Tunkhannock present your fundraiser ticket to your server and 20 percent of your bill, less taxes and gratuities, will go to this great cause.

Also, if you have been by the Dietrich during this past week, you probably have noticed the beautiful water feature and flower garden on the Dietrich’s greenspace. Itwas donated by Creekside Gardens in Tunkhannock. Please thank Sheri and Kevin Kukuchka and all the folks at Creekside Gardens the next time you see them.

As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!

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