Join us on Saturday, December 14th at 2:00pm at the Mabee Farm Historic Site for a screening of the short film, Thirst: A Civil War Story.
Thirst: A Civil War Story tells of a young Union volunteer from New York State who runs from a skirmish in the days following the bloody 1863 battle of Gettysburg. Exhausted and out of water, he comes upon a well that, unknown to him, is guarded by Confederate soldiers. A fellow New Yorker, also a deserter, rescues him from becoming a victim to his thirst. Desperate and without anything to drink, the two “skedaddlers” concoct a dangerous plan to seize the well from its Confederate captors.
The film is inspired by a story by Stephen Crane, the author of The Red Badge of Courage, and echoes that famous novel. Its production coincides with the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War in which New York contributed more troops and suffered more casualties than any other state in the embattled Union.
The thirty minute film will be followed by a panel discussion with the film’s producer, Audrey Kupferberg.
Admission for the film is $5.00, or free for members of the Schenectady County Historical Society.
For more information, call (518) 887-5073 or email our Educator.