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Second Friday Lunchbox Lecture Series

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Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the series is a free program sponsored by the Milwaukee Civil War Roundtable and Iron Brigade Association.

Bring your lunch or purchase snacks and beverages from the Museum’s gift shop.



Firearms Technology During the Civil War
July 10, 2015; Noon-1pm

Presented by David Stavlo. Gunsmith David Stavlo has been buying, selling, repairing, and restoring original Civil War-era firearms on a full-time basis for five years. During this program, Mr. Stavlo will discuss the evolution of firearms during the Civil War from flintlocks and outdated technology during the beginning of the war to the modern self-contained cartridge and repeating rifle used at the end. His talk will be illustrated by original display pieces and images.

The Story of Camp Douglas, Chicago’s Forgotten Civil War Prison
August 14, 2015; Noon-1pm

Presented by David Keller. Mr. Keller provides a history of the Camp Douglas prison camp based on stories from diaries and journals of Confederate prisoners. The presentation includes information on conditions and loss of life at the camp, current status of the camp’s site, and work done by the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation to provide a lasting remembrance of the camp.

5th Annual Museum Crawl

Museum CrawlFriday, July 10, 2015; 6pm-10pm | Event #0920620304 | $35 ($25 FOM) | Adults 21 and over only |Register using paper

See the Museums in a new light at an adults-only progressive party.

  • Savor food from Franks Diner, Mangia Wine Bar, and Capt. Mike’s.
  • Drink specially selected beers from Public Craft Brewing Co., Rustic Road Brewery, and CJW.
  • Enjoy music from Roxie Beane, Matt Meyer, and Real Deal.
  • Plus, play games, see cool exhibits, and hang out with old and new friends.

Tickets go fast. Register today!

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Songs of the Civil War

Saturday, July 25, 2015; 1pm

Battlefield BalladeersPerformed by the Battlefield Balladeers. Acoustic instruments bring to life the songs of the Blue and Gray. Each selection begins with an explanation of why the song was popular or important using quotes of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Frederick Douglass, Mary Chestnut, and Mark Twain. The audience is encouraged to sing along and clap as the Battlefield Balladeers celebrate the pageantry and music of America’s Civil War.

This is a free program sponsored by the Milwaukee Civil War Round Table and Iron Brigade Association.


A Saturday Afternoon with the Harmony Cornet Band

Harmony Cornet BandSaturday, August 22, 2015; 3pm

The Harmony Cornet Band will take you back to a bygone Saturday evening in small town Wisconsin just after the Civil War. Folks came into town from all over to gather in friendship to hear the latest in band music and the refined culture that came with it. Join us for music that will make you smile and hum on the way home.



8th Annual Great Lakes Civil War Forum: 1865 – Melt, Melt Away Ye Armies

Great Lakes Civil War ForumSaturday, September 12, 2015; Registration 8:30am, first speaker at 9:30am; catered lunch included | Event #0420355408 | $60 Non-Member ($50 FOM) | Register

Here are speaker and presentation details.

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Antietam Campaign Tour

Antietam Campaign TourOctober 18-21, 2015

We are embarking on a multi-day tour of the sites and battlefields of the 1862 Antietam Campaign!

Tour highlights include:

o  Chartered transportation from the base hotel to all historic sites
Programs and guided tours with park historians, authors, and licensed guides
o  All hotel arrangements and meals included in the tour

Here is information about the cost of the tour, an itinerary, and a registration form.