Pierce College’s annual Civil War re-enactment, which has taken place in the Farm Center for the past three years, has been cancelled by the school’s president “at the request of certain homeowners,” according to the Daily News.
The two-day event called “Heritage Days” is the only event of its kind in Los Angeles County.
This year’s re-enactment would have commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, as well as followed the recent release of the movie, “Lincoln.”
“Unfortunately, the Heritage Days have become quite controversial in the community,” Pierce President Kathleen Burke-Kelly said in a statement to the Daily News. “There were vocal community members both for and against this event being held at the college. Ultimately, the decision rests with me.”
Last year’s re-enactment included a presidential press conference with an actor playing Abraham Lincoln and Civil War-period dancing.
The Daily News article can be found here.
Here is an audio slideshow of Heritage Days 2011:
Life in a Civil War reenactment camp
Here is the Roundup’s Heritage Days article from 2012:
Heritage Days: Bringing the Civil War to life