Friday, April 8, 2011

We "Got" the Civil War Commemorations Right Here in Illinois-- Part 1

From the April 7th Chicago Tribune "Civil War events mark solemn anniversary" by Nancy Maes.

Of course, this coming Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the even that brought on the Civil War, the firing on Fort Sumter. You hear lots about what the southern states are doing to commemorate it.

Well, Illinois is doing stuff as well.


CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM, CHICAGO, 1601 N. Clark Street www.chicagohs.org. (This weekend only)

Re-enactors from the 1st Illinois Brigade Volunteers will be reliving the two days before the war began. They will be drilling, cooking and the drum and bugle corps will play. They will, however, be carrying reproductions of the Springfield rifle because those of the Harper's Ferry model (which would be more appropriate for that time) are too expensive.


DUPAGE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM, WHEATON, ILLINOIS, 102 E. Wesley St. www.dupagemuseum.org., (April 16 to September 1, 2012)

Has an exhibit "DuPage County and the Civil War: A Local Perspective" which takes a more personal view displaying artifacts from local soldiers and the home front along with letters and photos.

Next, the Lake County Discovery Museum. --Old B-R'er

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