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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.

 

Confederate Christian Warrior – Fr. James Sheeran of the 14th Louisiana
Friday, February 12, 2016; Noon

Presented by Father Robert Miller. Based on an original unedited diary, Fr. Miller discusses the military experiences of Father James Sheeran, an Irish immigrant priest who served as one of only a handful of Catholic chaplains with the Confederate Army.

Chicago Backs the Boys in the Civil War
Friday, March 11, 2016; Noon

Presented by Kurt Carlson. With the secession of the southern states and the start of the Civil War, a major financial crisis occurred in the emerging city of Chicago. But Chicago’s businesses were called on to back the boys in the US military, and doing so would both spur the city’s industrialization and end the financial crash.

Imagination Studio

Saturdays, February 13, March 12, 2016; 11am-2pm
Also at Kenosha Public Museum April 9, May 14, 2016

Are you a budding sketch artist? Maybe you would like to paint a Civil War miniature soldier or horse? Our Imagination Studio is open! Come and be creative. Supplies and inspiration are free of charge, and we’ll even clean up when you are done. Let your imagination soar!

2016 African American Read In

Saturday, February 13, 2016; 1pm-4pm

Adult and youth readers from our community lend their voices to poetry, essays, short stories, and children’s books by African American authors.

2016 marks the 27th year of the “National African American Read In” sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English and its Black Caucus. Each year communities across the country are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History month. Refreshments will follow the program.

Civil War Medical Weekend

Saturday, February 20, 2016; 10am-4pm
Sunday, February 21, 2016; Noon-4pm

This annual event is a weekend full of living history, programs, and exhibits commemorating the role of physicians, nurses, and caregivers during the Civil War. Surgeons and nurses of the 17th Corps Medical Staff will set up camp inside the Museum. Visitors can participate in a medical inspection for new recruits and role play as a sick soldier during the camp’s sick call demonstration. The Corps will demonstrate a variety of surgical techniques including bullet removal, brain surgery, and amputation.

Wounded in the Cornfield

Saturday, February 20, 2016; 1pm

Presented by Dr. Gordon Dammann. What happened to a Wisconsin soldier from the famed Iron Brigade after he was wounded at the Battle of Antietam? Follow the journey of these men and the care they received according to the Letterman Plan instituted by the Union Army.

Fort Sumter, March 4th to April 12th, 1861

Fort SumterSaturday, February 27, 2016; 1pm-3pm

Presented by Tom Arliskas. Get the details and register here.

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Civil War Museum

Behind the ScenesTuesday, March 8, 2016; 6:30pm-8pm

Led by curator Doug Dammann. Get the details and register here.

 

 

 

The Civil War Expo

Saturday, March 12, 2016; 10am-3pm

Living history, heritage groups, and Civil War Round Tables from around the Midwest will present samples of their programming and have informational tables set up throughout the Museum to introduce visitors to their Civil War interpretation.

12pm: Songs of the Civil War
Musical performance by The Old Soldier Fiddlers.

1pm: Co. E of the Calico 6th
David Wege presents personal stories and information on the men of Company E, 6th Wisconsin, a unit that was part of the famed Iron Brigade of the West.

Gettysburg: The First Day’s Fighting

GettysburgSunday, March 13, 2016; 1pm-3pm

Presented by Steve Acker. Get the details and register here.

 

 

 

Civil War Media Club: A Brotherhood of Valor

Brotherhood of ValorTuesday, March 15, 2016; 7pm-8:30pm

Book discussion moderated by curator Doug Dammann. Get the details and register here.

 

 

 

A Night at the Museum

Night at the MuseumFriday, March 18, 2016; 5:30pm-9pm

A night of special lantern tours, historical hands-on activities, and behind the scenes fun! Get the details and register here.

 

 

 

Spring Break Family Fun Days

Tuesday, March 29, 2016; 1pm-4pm
Living Dinosaurs at Dinosaur Discovery Museum

Meet modern day dinosaurs from the Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab Center. See a variety of live raptors, talk with the center staff about the different species, and learn more about their connection to their prehistoric roots.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016; 1pm-4pm
Megafauna, Mega Fun at Kenosha Public Museum

Mammoths. Mastodons. Ground Sloths. Giant Beavers. Short Faced Bears. These are just some of the giant creatures that roamed North America during the Ice Age more than 10,000 years ago. Learn about these now-extinct exotic beasts through fossils and hands-on activities.

Thursday, March 31, 2016; 1pm-4pm
History Comes to Life at Civil War Museum

Civil War reenactors set up camp at the Civil War Museum. Learn about cannons and artillery, medical care, and the lives of soldiers through interactive displays and hands-on activities.

Homefront Seminar

CWM_HomeFrontSeminar_040216Saturday, April 2, 2016; Registration 8:30am-9:30am; First speaker at 9:30am
$50/$40-FOM | Register Here

The Home Front Seminar highlights topics and talks pertaining to the social history aspects of the Civil War Period.

 

Click here for program details

Extra Pay for Wisconsin Civil War Families Kristin Patterson

Ms. Patterson’s presentation will detail how Wisconsin put into operation an extra pay plan for volunteer wives, children, and parents that were dependent upon those serving. Through Civil War documents, she will discuss the process of extra pay distribution along with how Wisconsin funded this program.

The program highlights the steps taken by Treasurer Samuel D. Hastings and the Wisconsin State Legislature to provide secure and reliable financial support to Wisconsin enlisted soldiers’ families during the Civil War. Hastings worked diligently during his four terms from January 1858 to December 1865 to help the State and original documents from his daily work will be shown.

Counting Slaves and Free Persons:  How the Census Affected the Civil War Dr. Margo Anderson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

It is well known that Abraham Lincoln’s victory in the 1860 presidential election was one of the final events in the sectional crisis that led to war in April 1861.  What is less known is that the U.S. also took a census in 1860, and that the results of that count, and the anticipated reapportionment of seats in Congress, also exacerbated the crisis because differential population growth patterns between North and South meant that the South was about to lose seats in the House and Electoral College.

The talk will discuss how America’s decennial population counting triggers political change, and specifically how population dynamics affected Lincoln’s military strategy, and how the abolition of slavery and the 3/5ths Compromise triggered the integration of the freed population into the political system after 1865.

“Putting Up Packages:” Ulysses S. Grant and Galena, Illinois Scott Wolfe

The program will explore the home life and legacy of Ulysses S. Grant in Galena, Illinois, from his anonymous arrival in April of 1860 to his virtual deification as a conquering war hero and “Our Citizen.” Patriots in Petticoats: Southern Women and Medical Care During the Civil War Betsy Estilow

Initially both the Union and Confederate governments rejected the idea of women serving as nurses in Civil War hospitals but these objections could not stop the women. As the number of casualties increased and as the stories of inadequate medical care became common, many women stepped forward to meet the needs of the time. Female nurses were often treated badly or ignored altogether by the medical establishment but they persevered. Eventually most women came to be accepted, and in many cases even honored, for their work but it was always an uphill battle against the notion that nursing was not a proper occupation for ladies.

Patriots in Petticoats: Southern Women and Medical Care During the Civil War Betsy Estilow

Initially both the Union and Confederate governments rejected the idea of women serving as nurses in Civil War hospitals but these objections could not stop the women. As the number of casualties increased and as the stories of inadequate medical care became common, many women stepped forward to meet the needs of the time. Female nurses were often treated badly or ignored altogether by the medical establishment but they persevered. Eventually most women came to be accepted, and in many cases even honored, for their work but it was always an uphill battle against the notion that nursing was not a proper occupation for ladies.

Faces of the Iron BrigadeFaces of the Iron Brigade Reception, Dinner, and Theater Program

Saturday, April 23, 2016; 5pm
$45 ($40 FOM) | Register Here

Join the Museum for an evening celebrating the exhibit, Faces of the Iron Brigade–A Social Network of Soldiers. The event begins with a reception and viewing of the exhibit with Museum staff. Following dinner, author Lance Herdegen will set the stage for a recreation of the Iron Brigade Association Reunion at Lancaster, Wisconsin, in 1884. To top off the evening, a special performance of the Civil War Museum’s theater program, James P Sullivan–Mickey of Company K, will be held in the Fiery Trial exhibit.

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.