Friends of battlefield recruiting for reenactment
The Civil War is looking for a few good folks.
Jim Lee, one of charter members of Friends of the Centralia Battlefield, a non-profit group dedicated to preserving the site of the Battle of Centralia and its history, said the group needs help in preparing for its Sept. 13-14 reenactment of the Battle of Centralia and the Battle of Mount Zion Church.
In less than seven months the 23-acre battlefield surrounding, Jack Chance, Red Moore and Jim Lee could very well be filled with thousands of Civil War reenactors, fans and vendors as the Friends of the Centralia Battlefield commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Centralia.
“Really, we need two things, money and people,” Lee said while explaining the challenges of assembling a large-scale reenactment. “We feel a big step in that direction would be finding some people willing lead some committees.”
Leading a reenactment committee is a job he said with fun, sometimes, long hours, full of fun, sometimes hectic moments.
Right now Lee and the other Friends of the Battlefield board members are looking for four people to guide four committees.
• Vendors and concessions
• Re-enactor recruitment and relations
• Coordination with the City of Centralia and the Centralia Park Department
Vendors and concessions will be a lot more interesting than making sure a hotdog stand has enough charcoal. “We want to have some Civil War-period vendors, broom-makers, basket-weavers, blacksmiths, potters.”
For the complete article, please see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.