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150th Commemoration 'Civil War Event' with filmmaker Ken Burns returns to Prince William County | Events

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150th Commemoration 'Civil War Event' with filmmaker Ken Burns returns to Prince William County
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From Visit PWC:

Prince William, VA – After selling out its inaugural ‘Civil War Event’ in 2011, Tauck Tours recently announced it will add a second event this year. Created by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, the event will come to Prince William County, Virginia twice, thanks in part to efforts by Discover Prince William & Manassas, VA, the region’s convention and visitors bureau.

The 2012 Tauck Civil War Event will be offered beginning on May 20 and Oct. 14. The event, created by Burns and collaborator Dayton Duncan and organized by Tauck Tours, will take visitors to Manassas National Battlefield Park, Historic Occoquan and Ben Lomond House, which served as a Confederate hospital during the Civil War.

“We are thrilled that Ken Burns and Tauck Tours will bring this one-of-a-kind living history event back to Prince William,” Discover Prince William & Manassas, VA Executive Director Ann Marie Maher said. “Based on the customer feedback received from last year’s tours, they recognize Prince William’s important role in our Nation’s history, the diversity of our preserved historic sites and unmatched hospitality.”

Each five-day event is open to 300 people, and will focus on various themes, including “The Meaning of Freedom,” “Lincoln’s War” and “The People’s War,” the latter of which will unfold at the Manassas Battlefield.  Like Burns’ film, the themes will emphasize the human drama and the personal experiences of the people whose lives were impacted by the Civil War. Burns worked closely with Tauck to design the itineraries for the event and will be the keynote speaker in both May and October.

Burns’ groundbreaking film, “The Civil War,” has received more than 40 major film and television awards.

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