On Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 7 to 9 pm, the Seward/Mapes Homestead will present a virtual tour of the Arlington National Cemetery to benefit the Seward/Mapes Homestead Restoration. The fundraiser will be held at the Florida Senior Center, 3 Cohen Circle, Florida, NY.
The virtual tour will follow the history of Arlington from its origins during the Civil War as a burial place of necessity, to its current celebrity as the most prestigious cemetery in the United States. Once the great antebellum plantation of the Custis & Lee families, Arlington’s green slopes shelter over 275,000 United States veterans from every war.
Educator and historian Carolyn Ivanoff will lead the talk and tour. Carolyn was named “Civil War Trust Preservationist Teacher” of the year in 2003. In 2010, 2011 and 2013, her educational programs received awards of Merit from the Connecticut League of History Organizations. In 2016, Carolyn was presented with the Connecticut Council of Social Studies’ Bruce Frasier Friend of the Social Studies Award.
The Seward/Mapes Homestead presents a rare opportunity in historic preservation to focus on the lives and accomplishments of two men deeply engaged in the American Civil War on different levels, one as Secretary of State in the Lincoln Administration and the other as a Union soldier who survived many horrific battles before being severely wounded.
Admission is $10 for adults, $15 for couples; veterans and students are free. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited.
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Photo of Arlington National Cemetery provided.