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8th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day at USAHEC– Free and Open to the Public!

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There is an old saying, “Don’t change something if it works…,” so Reenactor Recruitment Day is back at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) for the 8th year running with hundreds of opportunities for visitors to interact with history! Experience military reenacting and living history up close and personal on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM in USAHEC's Visitor and Education Center. This free event is open to the public and is an annual favorite. The event will feature dozens of different living history organizations including over three hundred reenactors from all periods of U.S. Army and world military history. At 11:30 AM, the Army Heritage Center Foundation will sponsor a special lecture from military fiction author Chris Formant as he speaks about his new book, Saving Washington: The Forgotten Story of the Maryland 400 and the Battle of Brooklyn. Reenactor Recruitment Day is not only a great outing for kids and history aficionados alike, it also serves as an opportunity for reenactors to meet with members of other living history organizations and to discuss living history with professional historians.

Reenactor Recruitment Day features hundreds of living historians representing Soldiers and other service members from pikemen and swordsmen of the 16th century, to Civil War cavalry, to Desert Storm medics. The event will also include adversary units, allied units, and American forces from every era. Reenactors will be in period dress and have table displays where they will be available to answer any questions, talk about their equipment and materials, discuss their upcoming activities, and highlight the importance of reenacting as a way to keep history alive. Come to the USAHEC to experience history, live!

At 11:30AM, on February 9, 2019, the Army Heritage Center Foundation will present a lecture and discussion from historical fiction author Chris Formant. Mr. Formant’s latest novel, Saving Washington: The Forgotten Story of the Maryland 400 and the Battle of Brooklyn, has been labeled as a #1 new release for biographical fiction by and follows the story of two young Soldiers who enlist to fight the British threat to their homes and families. Mr. Formant is a former top executive of a multi-billion dollar technology company who now turns extensive research into easily accessible historical fiction.

The 8th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day is free and open to the public, including children of all ages. Our exhibit galleries, including The Soldier Experience, “Goodbye Broadway, Hello France,” and “A Call to Arms: The Story of the U.S. Army Reserves,” will be open, as will the Museum Store and an extended book sale. For more information, including directions and the event flyer, please visit the USAHEC website at For questions, please call 717-245-3972.



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