The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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April 24, 2013

Living history

Medina Journal-Register — War is coming to Medina.

This weekend, as part of an overall initiative to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Genesee Community College is bringing Civil War Encampment to its Medina Campus.

Adam Tabelski, honorary chair for the event, said he believes the event to be the first of its kind in Medina. Plus, it will give everyone a unique sense of history.

“You can read about war in books, or if you’re lucky enough you can travel a considerable distance to see historical places,” he said. “With this, the war is being brought to life in our backyard.”

All of the events scheduled for the weekend are set to take place at GCC Medina Campus Center. The only one that will not is the coinciding parade, which will be held in the downtown area on Saturday morning starting at 10 a.m.

The parade route begins at St. Mary’s Church on Eagle Street and proceeds to Main Street. From there is will head south toward Park Street. According to information provided by GCC, the parade route is the same one used by Medina Company D of the 28th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment when it left to join the Union’s cause in 1861. 

There will be a brief delay during the parade when it reaches the intersection of Main Street and Center Street. At that time, Medina resident Mary Zimmerman Robinson, representing the women of Medina from years ago, will present a sword to the reenactor portraying the regiment’s commanding officer, Capt. Erwin Bowen.

Robinson’s participation is made unique because she is presenting Bowen’s actual sword. She is Bowen’s great-great-granddaughter.

Robinson said she has been interested in the Civil War since she was young, and her interest deepened as she researched her family’s history. 

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