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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.

The War in the West – Mini Seminar
Friday, December 12, 2014; Noon-2pm

In conjunction with the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop of Chicago, the Museum offers this free program featuring distinguished Civil War authors, John Marszalek and Tim Smith.

CWMSecondFriday_MarszalekLincoln and the Military – Noon

Presented by Dr. John Marszalek. After 29 years as a professor at Canisius College, Gannon University, and Mississippi State, Dr. Marszalek retired in 2002 to become a Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus. In July 2008, he was asked to serve as the executive director and managing editor of the Ulysses S. Grant Association and “The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant” project.


CWMSecondFriday_TimSmithShiloh: Conquer or Perish – 1pm

Presented by Dr. Tim Smith. Dr. Smith served as a park ranger at Shiloh National Military Park for six years and currently teaches history at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is the author of 11 books about the Civil War, including Corinth: Siege, Battle, Occupation, which won the Fletcher Pratt Award and McLemore Prize.



Luminarias at the Museums

Luminarias at the MuseumsSaturday, December 6, 2014; 4pm-6:30pm

From sixteenth century Spanish churchyards to modern driveways, luminarias have guided travelers to their Christmas destinations.

Join in this tradition as the Museums light 500 luminarias to light the path between the Kenosha Public Museum and the Civil War Museum east to Celebration Place.

Warm up with hot chocolate in the Kenosha Public Museum.

Victorian Christmas

Victorian Christmas at Civil War MuseumSaturday, December 13, 2014; 11am-4pm

An afternoon of songs, programs, crafts, and activities exploring how soldiers and civilians celebrated the Christmas season during the Civil War. This is a free family event.



Here is the schedule for Victorian Christmas

11am-4pm – Civil War soldiers in winter camp, pack and send a Civil War care package via the Adams Express Company; Victorian-era family holiday crafts and treats

11am and 2 pm – Period dances and instruction with the West Side Victorian Dancers

Noon – “Laura Ingalls Wilder: Christmas on the Prairie,” a first-person performance by Laura Keyes.

1pm – Civil War Christmas Singers. Members of the Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraterity performs a musical program based on stories, letters, and songs of Civil War soldiers. The group will perform well-known carols and Civil War songs such as Battle Cry of Freedom and Johnny Comes Marching Home

1:45pm – A visit from Victorian-era Santa

3pm – “Making the Man: Mid-Nineteenth Century Menswear and Accessories” by Nanci Gasiel. Learn what Civil War-era men wore when at work, at home with family, or out in the farm field.

Charles Dickens Festival

Charles Dickens FestivalSunday, December 14, 2014; 1pm-4pm

  • A Christmas Carol” radio play by RG Productions
  • Dickens Women” performance by Jessica Michna
  • Victorian chef demonstration by Ray Forgianni
  • Caroling by Southeast Wisconsin Performing Arts


Antietam Campaign Tour

Dunker ChurchOctober 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.