Newcomer House Porch Program Scheduled for July 1, 2017 – Civil War Singer/Storyteller Matthew Dodd

As part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area’s (HCWHA) 2017 Porch Program Series, singer and storyteller Matthew Dodd will entertain visitors on Saturday, July 1, from 11:30 am – 4:30 pm on the porch of the Newcomer House on the Antietam National Battlefield; the same day as the park’s Salute to Independence.

Dressed in period soldier’s clothing, Matthew Dodd takes listeners back in time to feel what it was like to be a soldier, civilian, loved-one-at-home or escaped slave in the Civil War Era. Through period songs, excerpts from actual letters, and anecdotes (humorous and poignant) Matthew evokes the feelings and passions of that pivotal era of American history.

This is the second season of Porch Programs at the Newcomer House, HCWHA’s Exhibit & Visitor Center at Antietam National Battlefield. Visitors of all ages are invited to interact with experts on a variety of Civil War topics, ranging from first aid to family history. Exact times and other details will be posted on the Heart of the Civil War calendar of events,

Remaining Porch Programs for 2017:

  Saturday, July 1: Singer & Storyteller Matthew Dodd
  August 5 & 6: John Tidball with the South Mountain Artillery Crew
  Saturday, September 16: Basic Battlefield First Aid & Contemporary First Aid
  Saturday, October 7: Advances in Veterinary Medicine from the Civil War
  Saturday, November 4: 19th Century Photography with John Milleker
  Saturday, December 2: Newcomer House Illumination

The Newcomer House is located at 18422 Shepherdstown Pike in Keedysville, MD.

On each of these days, the Newcomer House will be open from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For more information, contact Newcomer House Manager Rachel Nichols at
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