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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.



little red canoeFriday, October 14, 2016; Noon
My Little Red Canoe
Presented by Lia Nicine McCoo and Keryn Moriyah. Join Civil War Song Bards Lia Nicine McCoo and Keryn Moriyah for both music and back story of the compelling, beautiful, and whimsical songs which drew them into music of the Civil War era. Songs such as “Pretty Saro,” “Hard Times,” “Cotton Eyed Joe,” “Angeline The Baker,” “Darlin Nellie Grey,” ”Bonnie Blue Flagg,” and “Yellow Rose of Texas” draw young and old into an experience, sometimes rolling and deep, sometimes light and soaring, as wide as a river and powerful enough to lift a roomful of human spirit.

Grand ArmyFriday, November 11, 2016; Noon
150 Years of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.)
Presented by Mike Wozny. The Grand Army of the Republic—first organized in Decatur, IL, in 1866—was among the first advocacy groups in American politics. Its membership supported voting rights for black veterans, promoted patriotic education, helped make Memorial Day a national holiday, and lobbied the United States Congress to establish regular veterans’ pensions. The program covers the legacy of the G.A.R. from inception to its final muster in 1956.


Patrick Cleburne–Hardee’s Irish Wolfhound

patrick cleburneSunday, October 2, 2016; 1pm

David Wege’s program considers Confederate General Patrick Cleburne during the 1864 Tennessee Campaign that ultimately claimed his life at the Battle of Franklin. The program reviews Cleburne’s record as a commander, the dynamics between Cleburne and General Hood, and the aftermath of the Battle of Franklin.




Friday, November 18, 2016 and January 20, 2017; 2pm-3:30pm

The Museum is pleased to introduce Spark! a free program designed for individuals living with early to mid stages of dementia, their care givers, and family members. Specially trained Museum educators engage participants in lively discussions, story telling, object handling, interactive exhibit experiences, and other multi-sensory activities. Special needs are accommodated in a safe and comfortable environment. Additional program dates include November 18 and January 20.

The programs are free, but registration is limited and required. Please contact Carolyn or Jenn at 262-653-4141 or for more information or to register.

William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country

William Tecumseh Sherman FIN jacket.inddThursday, September 29, 2016; 7pm

Join the Civil War Museum for a free evening program with acclaimed author James Lee McDonough as he discusses his new biography of William T. Sherman entitled William Tecumseh Sherman: In The Service of My Country.

General William T. Sherman’s 1864 burning of Atlanta solidified his legacy as a ruthless leader. Yet Sherman proved far more complex than his legendary military tactics reveal. James Lee McDonough’s new biography on Sherman offers fresh insight into a man tormented by the fear that history would pass him by, who was plagued by personal debts, and who lived much of his life separated from his family. The result is a remarkable, comprehensive life of an American icon whose legacy resonates to this day.

“Sherman’s is surely a fascinating American life, in war and peace alike, and this packed book will beguile a whole summer with ease.” — John Timpane, Philadelphia Inquirer

“A well-rounded study…. Everything about this book will interest readers who want to know more about antebellum America and the Civil War.” — Starred Review, Library Journal

“Masterly…the product of a historian’s lifelong study….a full-blooded narrative.”
— Carl Rollyson, Wall Street Journal

American Ulysses

American UlyssesFriday, October 14, 2016; 7pm

Presentation and book signing by New York Times bestselling author, Ronald C. White.

The dramatic story of one of America’s greatest and most misunderstood military leaders and presidents, this is a major new interpretation of Ulysses S. Grant. In his time, Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as the “Trinity of Great American Leaders,” but fell out of historical favor in the twentieth century. Mr. White convincingly argues that we need to refocus and revise our estimates of him in the twenty first. Based on seven years of research with primary documents, some of them never before examined by other Grant scholars, this is destined to become the Grant biography of our times.

Books will be for sale and the author available for signing the evening of the presentation.
About the author: Ronald C. White is the author of three bestselling books on Abraham Lincoln, including most recently A. Lincoln. White earned his Ph.D. at Princeton and has lectured on Lincoln at hundreds of universities and organizations, and at Gettysburg and the White House. He is a fellow at the Huntington Library and a visiting professor of history at UCLA. He lives with his wife, Cynthia, in La Cañada, California.

Rooster Cogburn, Jesse James, and Bloody Bill: Historical Fiction and Fictional History

true gritWednesday, October 19, 2016; 7pm

Bjorn Skaptason from the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop explores the intersection between history and fiction in Charles Portis’ True Grit as its characters remember the Civil War.

This program is in support of the True Grit Big Read Program hosted by Gateway Technical College. Pick up a free copy of True Grit at the Civil War Museum beginning mid-September.

Contact the Kenosha Public Library ( for details of all Big Read community programs.

Nashville and Middle Tennessee Civil War Sites

October 23-26, 2016

From Sunday, October 23, to Wednesday, October 26, the Civil War Museum will be sponsoring a motor coach tour of the principle Civil War sites of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Our expert guides will take the group to Fort Donelson, Stones River National Battlefield Park, Franklin, and Civil War sites within the city limits of Nashville. The price for the trip includes all hotel accommodations, meals, motor coaches, guides, and park fees.

Here is a detailed itinerary and pricing. To reserve your place, call the Museum at 262-653-4141.

Rockin’ Boofest

Saturday, October 29, 2016; 1pm-4pm

boofestShow off your costume as you rock and stroll through the Museums. There will be trick or treat stops and these special activities at all three Museums:

Civil War Museum

Lantern Tours on the hour starting at 1pm
Presidential Zombie
Story Time for young kids every hour starting at 1:30pm
Create your own Spooky Story

Kenosha Public Museum

Mad Scientist Lab
Punk’n Painting
Monster Mash
DIY Trick or Treat bag

Dinosaur Discovery Museum
Haunted Dino Digs

Masons at Gettysburg–North vs. South

masons at gettysburgSaturday, November 5, 2016; 1:30pm

Mr. Trevor Steinbach, Past Master of the Armistead-Bingham Civil War Lodge 1862—Grand Lodge of Wisconsin, elaborates on all of the masons that held roles in this critical battle in July, 1863.