Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

January 17, 2013

Randy Simons
Dan Keefe
518-486-1868

Special Civil War Tour Continues at State Capitol in 2013

Online registration available

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in partnership with the Office of General Services announce the continuance of the popular Capitol Civil War Tour, "1862: Red, White, and Battered – A Civil War Tour at the New York State Capitol," through June 2013. The free hour-long tour will continue to be offered on the first Thursday of the month beginning February 7, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. To reserve a tour, interested parties can register online at www.ogs.ny.gov/ESP/CT/Tours/Capitol.asp or by calling 518-473-7582.

The "living history" tours, presented by a guide in Civil War period reproduction clothing, highlight Civil War imagery in the building's carvings and feature a special curator-led tour of the Capitol's latest Civil War battle flag exhibition entitled "1862: Red, White, and Battered." The flag exhibition includes nine conserved flags from the New York State Battle Flag Collection that were carried into battle in 1862 including the war's most recognizable battles, Second Bull Run and Antietam. The historic flags were conserved by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in partnership with the New York State Military Museum. The exhibition was made possible by a generous grant from the Coby Foundation of New York City. The Coby Foundation supports the exhibition and study of historic textiles.