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Preserving Our Heritage


The CWDF/VDE uses the proceeds from its performances and sales of its dance instruction videotape to support various historic preservation and education programs. We have also donated thousands of dollars in services and thousands of hours of volunteer time.  Through 2016, the Ensemble has made direct cash donations of $57,000.  When combined with fund-raising balls and events we conducted for other organization, we have now helped to raise over $260,000!  Our direct donations have been given to:

* Multiple donations over the years

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington
Antietam National Battlefield
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum – Roundhouse Restoration Fund
Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis Home – Hurricane Restoration Fund
Belle Grove Plantation

Boy Scout Venture Crew 1861 Fife and Drum Corps
Camp Curtin Historical Society

Center for Civil War Photography
Central Virginia Battlefields Trust

Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum of Philadelphia
Civil War Preservation Trust
          Adopt a Class Room Program

          Land Acquisition
          Traveling Educational Trunk Program
Col. Harry Gilmor Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Adopt a Confederate Grave Project
Cooper's Battery Monument Project
Dauphin County Historical Society

Dr. Patri Pugliese Scholarship Fund

Eckley Miners Village - Breaker Project
Eli Slifer House
Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield, Inc.

Ford's Theatre Society
George Meade Society – Scholarship Fund

Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association

Gettysburg Foundation*
Gettysburg National Military Park
Harpers Ferry National Park
Hampton Mansion National Historic Site
Historic Yellow Springs

Jerusalem Mill Preservation Project

Joseph Junkin Homestead

Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic Museum
Liberia Plantation House Restoration

Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania – Essay Contest
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Longstreet Society
Maryland Historical Society

Monocacy National Battlefield *

Moores Memorial Library -- Christiana Riot Material Archive
Museum of the Confederacy
National Civil War Museum
National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Patapsco Female Institute Historic Site
Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee – Civil War Flag Project
Pennsylvania Muster Rolls Restoration Project

President Lincoln's Cottage
Red Mill Museum

Save Historic Arlington House
Sons of Union Veterans Hartranft Camp No. 15
Star Spangled Banner House
Stonewall Jackson Headquarters in Winchester, Va.
U.S.S. Constellation
Wilderness Battlefield – Ellwood House Project

Winchester Old Court House Museum

* Multiple donations over the years



Jim Lighthizer, President of the Civil War Trust, accepts a donation
from Annette Keener-Farley, President of the Civil War Dance Foundation. 
In recent years, we have donated over $11,500 to the Civil War Trust
in addition to presenting dance classes for its Teacher Institute and 
providing entertaining dance demonstrations for its Annual Meetings.


Gettysburg Monuments Project

The Victorian Dance Ensemble has supported the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project (popularly known as “Readshaw’s Raiders”) since its founding by conducting fund-raising dance classes and balls. Over the years, these events have raised over $91,000 for the restoration of monuments at the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Beginning in 2004, the Victorian Dance Ensemble has sponsored a Civil War Preservation Ball for the Gettysburg Monuments Project in the Rotunda of the Pennsylvania Capitol. The members of the Ensemble serve as floor managers at the event, demonstrating and teaching the dances. The Philadelphia Brigade Band provides the music. Since its inception, the ball has become one of the premiere events of the vintage dance season. Typically, about 200 guests come from six or more states to dance in the spectacular setting of the Capitol Rotunda.

In February 2006, vandals damaged three monuments at Gettysburg. The income from the Preservation Ball raised sufficient money to repair the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry Monument ($5,800) and to make a donation to help repair the two other monuments ($1,000 each).

Rep. Harry Readshaw and Annette and Lawrence Keener-Farley presented a check for the vandalized monuments
to Dr. John Latschar, Superintendent of the Gettysburg National Military Park, at a ceremony in front of the 114th Pennsylvania Monument.

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