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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.


Friday, June 10, 2016; Noon
The 19th Indiana Color Guard at Gettysburg

Presented by Phil Spaugy. The 19th Indiana fought alongside the other four regiments of the Iron Brigade at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, losing 72 percent of those engaged. Mr. Spaugy’s talk encompasses both the morning and afternoon phases of the action with an emphasis on telling the stories of the men of the 19th who carried the regimental colors on that fateful day.

Friday, July 8, 2016; Noon
The 19th Illinois and its Colorful Commander, Colonel John B. Turchin

Friday, August 12, 2016; Noon
Fighting Dick Anderson: Lee’s Most Maligned General

Presented by Lawrence Hewitt. Mr. Hewitt’s presentation will explain his metamorphosis from maligner to promoter of Anderson. Heretofore unknown, overlooked, ignored, or deliberately distorted facts will be revealed regarding his character and career. Examples of where historians have maligned him out of ignorance, prejudice, or in order to enhance the reputations of other officers, including Williamsburg and the Seven Days’ Battles will be covered in detail. A reexamination of these and other events, coupled with newly discovered evidence, paints a dramatically different assessment of his relationship with Robert E. Lee than popularly believed. Anderson was not perfect, however, personally or professionally. But he came close, and he may have been unique among Civil War generals.

A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849

Blumenthal LectureWednesday, May 25, 2016; 7pm

Join author Sidney BlumenthalSidney Blumenthal is the former assistant and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, and senior adviser to Hillary Clinton. He has been a national staff reporter for The Washington Post, Washington editor and staff writer for The New Yorker, senior writer for The New Republic, and has contributed to numerous other publicatoins. His books include the bestselling The Clinton Wars, The Rise of the Counter-Establishment, and The Permanent Campaign. Among his films, he was the executive producer of the Academy Award- and Emmy-winning Taxi to the Dark Side. Born and raised in Illinois, he lives in Washington, DC. for a presentation and book signing about the first in a multi-volume history of Abraham Lincoln as a political genius–from his obscure beginnings to his presidency, assassination, and the overthrow of his dreams of Reconstruction. This first volume begins with Lincoln’s painful childhood when he thought of himself as his father’s slave and traces the emergence of the man we recognize as Abraham Lincoln.


Civil War Surgeon Archibald S. Maxwell

Archibald MaxwellThursday, June 2, 2016; Noon

George C. Maxwell, Esq., great-great-great grandson of Dr. Archibald S. Maxwell discusses the part that Dr. Maxwell played in two volunteer medical missions sent by the citizens of Davenport, Iowa to provide medical aid and assistance to wounded and sick soldiers following the Battles of Fort Donelson and Shiloh. He will discuss  how the city’s citizens organized to support the medical aid missions, what conditions Dr. Maxwell and others reported finding, and what Dr. Maxwell and others did to treat the wounded and sick soldiers.

Salute to Freedom

Fight At BarricadeSaturday, June 11, 2016; 10am-4pm and Sunday, June 12, 2016; 11am-3pm

Celebrate some of the finest Civil War soldiers of the Midwest – the famous Iron Brigade. March, cook, and drill with these men and find out what made them truly “giants in battle.”

1pm – The Fight at the Barricade
Phil Spaugy’s talk covers the “Last Stand” of the Iron Brigade at the barricade of rails near the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. This final act bought critical time – 20 minutes – that arguably saved not only the Army of the Potomac but also the Federal Union.

3pm – Kenosha Pops Concert
The Kenosha Pops Band kicks off the summer season with a free concert at the Civil War Musuem.

Here is what the two-day event will feature.

Infantry tactics, marching and drill

Artillery demonstrations

Musical entertainment

Firing demonstrations and skirmishing

Camp and cooking demonstrations

Civil War field hospital and medical displays

Home front and civilian demonstrations

Special exhibits

A fundraiser and pie auction benefiting the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative

Family games and activities

Check back for an updated schedule of events.

A Visit with Jennie Wade’s Mother

Jennie Wade's MotherFriday, June 24, 2016; Noon

Presented by Connie Hansen. Gettysburg! Nothing touches the heart like that one word from the American Civil War. A war that took the lives of over 600,000 men and women. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was a town but ten miles from the Mason/Dixon Line. It seemed inevitable that war would eventually touch this bustling town, and touch it, it did, changing forever the lives of all who called it home. Come, listen to the story of one woman who lived through the battle, from day one to its conclusion. Feel her fears, take her hand, and walk those very streets with her.


Museum Crawl

PrintFriday, July 8, 2016; 6pm-10pm
$40 ($30 FOM) for adults 21 and over | Register Here

The 6th Annual Museum Crawl is a progressive party at all three museums – for adults only! Sample delicious treats and brews from local restaurants and breweries. Explore cool exhibits at three unique museums, enjoy snappy tunes from live musicians, and let loose with silly games. Plus check out the gift shops and take advantage of photo opportunities.  Here are details.

Teaching the Civil War

teaching the civil warThursday, July 21, 2016; 8:30am-4:30pm
$40 ($30 FOM) | Register Here

This one-day seminar utilizes the resources and collections of the Civil War Museum as well as successful programs developed by teachers to provide a framework for teaching the Civil War in the classroom. Program topics include: techniques for teaching slavery and the Underground Railroad; using living history presentations in the classroom; the power of primary sources and museum objects; and destinations for Civil War field trips.

Here are more details.

The Wisconsin National Guard’s 132nd Army Band

National Guard BandSunday, August 14, 2016; 1pm

Join the Civil War Museum for a special concert by the Wisconsin National Guard 132nd Army Band. Military bands have a long tradition of supporting and entertaining service members and civilians with music. In Wisconsin, the National Guard’s 132nd Army Band keeps the tradition alive and thriving with approximately 60 citizen-soldier-musicians who travel the world with a variety of music that everybody enjoys.


The 9th Annual Great Lakes Civil War Forum – Heroes Tried and True: The Iron Brigade

Saturday, September 10, 2016
$60 ($50 FOM) | Register Here

Here are the details.

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.

Hurry, space is limited and there is a price incentive to sign up before April 3, 2016. Here is a detailed itinerary and pricing. To reserve your place, call the Museum at 262-653-4141.