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Old World Wisconsin Recalls the Civil War


A pair of young boys meet Union Civil War re-enactors at Old World Wisconsin (Loyd Heath photo)

As the Wisconsin Historical Society continues to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Society's flagship historic site will do its part by hosting a monthlong Civil War Wisconsin event, August 1 through September 2. Although no battles were fought on Wisconsin soil, Civil War Wisconsin allows guests to experience the profound impact of the war on Midwesterners, on the home front and in soldiers' camps.

Weekday Activities Change Daily

Weekday activities change daily and include camp cooking, medicine talks, map making, bandage rolling, filling a relief bag and more. Each weekday also features a different mini workshop, which includes a take-home project.

A Different Theme Each Weekend

Each weekend has a different theme and features additional activities for all ages. Themes include mourning rituals, stories by soldiers and escaped slaves, music of the era and the ways civilians gave aid to soldiers during the war.

The Gone for a Soldier program on Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25, allows guests to experience the life of a soldier as they join the 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and explore camp as a member of the famed Iron Brigade, the famous Midwestern soldiers who wore Hardee hats and made their mark in battles like Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. Experience camp life, take part in drills, and see rifle-firing and artillery demonstrations.

Special Admission

Old World Wisconsin has teamed up with the Civil War Museum in Kenosha to offer guests who visit either museum in August a voucher good for buy-one/get-one-free daily admission at the other museum. Vouchers are valid through October 13 at Old World Wisconsin or December 29 at the Civil War Museum. For complete details on admission, hours, accessibility, location and directions, see Old World Wisconsin's visitor information pages.

:: Posted August 1, 2013

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