On Saturday, June 22, 2013, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields will present a special benefit to support our work on the Third Winchester battlefield. This benefit, which will take place in Winchester, will feature three remarkable events:
•A tour of the Third Winchester battlefield led by celebrated historian Ed Bearss
•A VIP reception with special guest director Ron Maxwell
•An advance screening of Copperhead, the new film from Ron Maxwell, the acclaimed director of Gettysburg and Gods and Generals
Proceeds from the benefit will go to support SVBF's "Campaign for Third Winchester" - the restoration, and interpretation, and maintenance of the Third Winchester battlefield. Don't miss this rare opportunity to combine an illuminating battlefield tour with our nation's preminent battlefield historian with a chance to see the exciting new film from our country's foremost filmmaker on the American Civil War...while also supporting battlefield preservation at this key battlefield.
VIP Tickets, which include the VIP reception, will be $75; General tickets will be $50. Tickets for the event will be limited, so purchase your tickets early.
To purchase tickets, call the SVBF at 540-740-4545.
Third Winchester Battlefield Walking Tour (9:30-11:30 am)
This special walking tour will take you into the historic Middle Field, an area where combat was so ferocious during the September 19, 1864 battle that it became known as "That Basin of Hell." You'll hear Ed Bearss, the dean of our nation's Civil War historians, speak about the history of the battle - and SVBF staff talk about the ambitious plans to use this battlefield as model of protection, restoration, interpretation, education, and community involvement.
VIP Reception (1:30-3:00 pm)
The VIP reception at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will include hors d'oeuvres, special seating at the screening, and a chance to meet Ron Maxwell, director of Copperhead and previous films such as Gettysburg and Gods and Generals.
Copperhead - Advance Screening (4:00-6:00 pm)
The climax of the evening is a special advance screening of Copperhead, the new film by Ron Maxwell. (Schededuled for release on on June 28.) Maxwell’s previous epic films of the Civil War Gettysburg (1993) and Gods and Generals (2003) have established him as cinema’s leading interpreter of that complex, lethal, heroic period in American history. Copperhead extends that study into the realm of small town American life, where the conflicts hundreds of miles from the battlefields are no less vigorous or violent.
For more information, call 540-740-4545.