On Thursday the 14th of April 2011, Helen Geppi, Ann Blackburn and Jan Harding did a presentation to the Scout Troop of the St. Joseph Fullerton Church, Perry Hall, MD. Helen spoke first to the girls on the life of a Civil War nurse. Her Great Grandmother was a battle field nurse who met her Great Grandfather while he was in hospital.
We shared some of our period hats, shawls and several dresses. The young lady's in period dress were demonstrating the mans bow and the ladies curtseys We wanted to get all the girls involved. We did the famous cake dance from the ball at Gettysburg. It was a lot of fun. We gave the girls who won the spins cookies in a nice container. We did a modified Virginia Reel. Our last presentation was to have the girls lined up as Union Soldiers leaving an open space. We talked of the honor given to the Army of Northern Virginia as they came to lay down their arms. The girls saluted as we rein acted the meeting of John B. Gordon and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.
A 45 minute presentation lasted more than 2 hours. I know the girls had a great time. It seems the granddaughter of the Pastor of our church was part of the troop. As I was showing the pictures at church on Sunday the Pastor pointed to the picture and said "that's my granddaughter!" He said she could not stop talking of the great time she had and what she learned. There were 15 girls and a number of leaders present.