Four days of heritage in Danville

DANVILLE — It is the 16th year to reach back in history for the Danville Iron Heritage Festival. The festival starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday.

Jean Knouse is one of the festival’s organizers and says their honored guest, author Jeff Shaara, is one of the most exciting parts this year, “His father William wrote the Pulitzer prize winning book Killer Angels that became the movie Gettysburg. When Jeff took over his father’s estate, he became an author as well and has written a number of best-sellers. He wrote Gods and Generals, the prequel to Killer Angels and The Last Full Measure, which is the sequel.

Shaara will speak at Danville Middle School Saturday at 2:00p.m. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘After Gettysburg.’ Knouse says, “Gettysburg is just exactly half way through the Civil War and everyone thought that Gettysburg would be close to the end, but truly half the people who died in the Civil War died after Gettysburg. We want people to remember them.”

Each day is packed with events during the festival. Some highlights include the parade Friday at 7:00p.m. and fireworks Saturday night at 9:00p.m. There are also cemetery and trolley tours, Civil War encampments, a 5K race, and meet and greets with Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee and Clara Barton. To find a full schedule go to ironheritagefestival.net. (Sara Bartlett)

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