Mumford, N.Y. - Genesee Country Village & Museum will celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 17 with Military Heritage Day-a showcase of the importance of the military in the lives of Western New Yorkers over the decades.
The focus of the day will be on demonstrating how military technology has evolved in the past 225 years.
All military personnel, past and present, will have free admission to the event. Scouts in uniform will receive discounted admission.
Displays of military uniforms, equipment and collectibles will span the region's history. Corresponding women's garments will offer "Fashion in Context." Included will be special exhibits on 20th- and 21st-century conflicts and live demonstrations of firearms, from flintlocks to Civil War cannons and WWII M1 rifles.
On hand, too, will be some of the area's leading experts on military history and western New York's involvement in America's wars. Reenactors and exhibitors will represent the French & Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish-American War and World War II. An 1860s ladies' social to benefit Union soldiers is included.
The Civil War-era Excelsior Fife & Drum Corps, the Rochester Scottish Pipes & Drums, the 18th-century Fort Niagara Fife & Drum band and the museum's Genesee Harmonic Society will also perform. A child's militia will form and march in the Village Square.
For further information, visit www.gcv.org or call (585) 538-6822.
GCVM is the largest living history museum in New York State with the largest collection of historic buildings in the Northeast. The museum, with its John L. Wehle Gallery and Genesee Country Nature Center, is open May -Oct., and located in Mumford, N.Y., 20 miles southwest of Rochester and 45 miles east of Buffalo.
Photo: Soldiers through Time Photo by Loyd Heath
Contact: Judy Markham