March 15, 2006
The Women's History Month celebration at the Gettysburg Campus of HACC features music, art and dancing with a focus on women and families. The celebration begins on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. with "Herstory," a multi-media presentation by Key Arts Productions; followed by the opening of an exhibit and discussion of women and families of the Civil War by artist Amy Lindenberger; and then a Civil War dancing demonstration and lesson by dance instructors Briant and Karin Bohleke.

The celebration will take place in the HACC Student Commons from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. The events on March 29 and the art exhibit, which continues through April 21, are free and open to the public.

"Herstory" is an extraordinary live concert presentation which commends the achievements of American women who have changed the course of history. The program focuses on Abigail Adams' enduring letter, Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroad, the courageous efforts of Native American Sarah Winnemucca, and Amelia Earhart's daring flight, bringing their compelling stories to life through images and song.

The "Herstory" production relives the legends of Susan B. Anthony, the leaders of the American Women's Suffrage movement, Gloria Steinem, and the reformers, artists, educators, scientists and revolutionaries who challenged the injustices of cultural traditions and gender discrimination. Live musical performances include inspiring songs such as "I Am Woman," "Swing Low Sweet Chariot," "I'm Every Woman" and more.

"Sword Across the Threshold: American Women Respond to the Impact of Civil War" describes the Women's History art exhibit by Amy Lindenberger. In this series of colored pencil images, Amy combines her 15 years of experience as a portrait artist with her lifelong fascination with the Civil War era. Her images focus on the war's effect on the common soldier, his wife and children, and society as a whole. Her work features individuals or small groups, and depicts with great sensitivity the quieter, less obviously dramatic moments of the lives of both soldiers and civilians. She provides written narratives, or didactics, which tell background stories for many of her paintings.

Amy is a Signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, and her paintings have received numerous awards in a wide variety of local, regional and national exhibitions. Her work has been published in four internationally-distributed books: The Best of Colored Pencil Volumes I, II, and IV, and Creative Colored Pencil Portraits. Her Civil War Fine Art gallery and studio is located on Baltimore Street in Gettysburg.

Briant and Karin Bohleke have been described as "elegant dancers and excellent teachers who enjoy sharing their authentic reconstructions of period dances from original sources." During their appearance at HACC they will give a brief demonstration of Civil War dancing and will invite the audience to join an informal and spirited version of the Virginia Reel. Karin will also explain all the layers of clothing that a lady of the period would wear.

Briant Bohleke, a semi-professional dancer, has been involved with Civil War dancing since 1988. He and Karin are dance masters with Civil War Dance Associates, which presents a monthly program of Civil War era dances and workshops at the Village Hall in Fairfield. The Bohlekes recently led dance workshops at the 12th Annual Ladies and Gentlemen of the 1860s conference in Harrisburg. Briant, who also writes articles on dance history, is an adjunct reference/instructor librarian at the HACC-Gettysburg Campus.

The HACC campus is located in the North Gettysburg Center at 731 Old Harrisburg Road, near Adams County National Bank and Weis Markets. For more information, call 337-3855.

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