The Legacy of George H. Lomas

The Lomas Center Museum is named for George Henry Lomas and contains the historic cannons, muskets and artillery shell collection which George accumulated during his fifty-five years of involvement in the Civil War reenacting community.

George was born outside of Philadelphia in Germantown Pennsylvania on September 7, 1942. He was the youngest of five children. His siblings included Gertrude “Trudi”, the oldest and only girl and brothers William “Bill”, Robert “Bob”, and Eugene “Gee”.

Recounting his birthdate, George with a twinkle in his eyes would remind his listener he was born exactly nine months to the day
after the Japanese bombing attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

George was born into a hardworking, blue-collar family. From a very young age, George was determined to contribute and be a productive member of his family. His first entrepreneurial effort was selling newspapers from his wagon on a street corner.

During his youth George became an active member in the local Boys Club where he was mentored and encouraged by Art Zippler, a member of the staff, to participate in a variety of activities which would shape his life.

George often recounted walking in the commercial district of Philadelphia during the Civil War Centennial Commemorations (1961- 1965) and seeing the displays of original Civil War uniforms and equipment on display in the large department store windows.

By this time in his life, George had become involved with black powder competitive shooting (Skirmishing) through his association with his mentor from the Boy’s Club, Art Zippler.

Participating in the 100th Anniversary reenactments of 1 st Manassas, Antietam and Gettysburg, George recounted fighting (reenacting) through the streets of downtown Gettysburg in 1963.

During the early days of Civil War reenacting, many of the participants purchased their uniform trousers from the local Sears & Roebuck store. The blue work trousers sold by the national chain store were adopted by the reenacting community as a good representation of the trousers used by many of the Federal units
during the Civil War.

There were no reproduction black powder muskets in mass production during the early 1960s. Reenactors usually shouldered an original Enfield from the 1860s as their weapon of choice.

George purchased his first Enfield and shared with his camp mates he had paid $75.00 for the weapon. His unit mates teased him for paying so much for the weapon. Consensus in the unit was $50.00 was the market price.

Participating in skirmishing and reenacting was costly for a young guy. George decided to start making some Civil War reproduction leather items which he could resell to support his black powder habit.

In 1963, George received a draft notice from the United States Army.

George served in the U.S. Army during 1963-1964 and ultimately was assigned to the duties of a Regimental Quartermaster.

After his discharge, George was hired by Bell of Pennsylvania where he was employed until his retirement from Bell’s successor organization, Verizon in 1997.

During his life, George was committed to preserving American history and sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for our country’s development.

Regimental Quartermaster became one of the first and largest suppliers of reenacting supplies, reproduction uniforms and firearms in the United States.

In 1984, the Regimental Quartermaster was incorporated in the state of Pennsylvania and his hobby and second career became a corporate entity.

Though George’s formal education was not distinguished, his hands on approach to learning and absorbing information and knowledge regarding many facets of the Civil War was encyclopedic.

Over the years George collected original Civil War artifacts from cannons to leathers and what he didn’t know, he determined to find out.

In addition, George made substantial contributions to the growth of the Civil War reenacting community by personally taking the risks of organizing and promoting very weather dependent national scale reenactments including the 150 th Antietam Reenactment as well as the annual Gettysburg Reenactments.

Keeping history alive and encouraging the study of where we are, as a nation, was of paramount importance to George, He was fond of quoting another George, George Santayana, the philosopher who stated “Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it..”