The Civil War Museum offers many educational activities throughout the year. Here is the upcoming schedule.
Second Friday Lunchbox Lecture Series
Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, these free programs are held in the Museum’s Freedom Hall and sponsored by the Milwaukee Civil War Round Table and the Iron Brigade Association. Bring your own lunch. Snacks and beverages are available in the Museum vending machines. Learn more.
Civil War Paper Currency
Friday, December 13, 2013; Noon
Presented by Neil Shafer. The Civil War caused a great deal of financial uncertainty and had a profound effect on the nation’s coin and currency system. In both the North and the South, emergency measures were implemented in order to provide a means of exchange during these years of crisis. Mr. Shafer discusses and illustrates what are considered to be the most important of these measures and examples of paper currency.
The Chattanooga Campaign: Critical Contrasts and Paradoxes
Friday, January 10, 2013
Presented by Dan Nettesheim. Explores the key leadership decisions of the Chattanooga Campaign involving Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and Ulysses S. Grant to explain how a looming Union disaster turned into a resounding victory.
The Underground Railroad at Wheaton College
Friday, February 14, 2014
Presented by Dr. David Maas. Through circumstantial and documentary evidence, Dr. Maas explores whether Wheaton College was a stop on the Underground Railroad and if there was an underground tunnel for slaves in the basement of Blanchard Hall.
Wisconsin’s Black Civil War Company
Friday, March 14, 2014
Presented by Jeff Kannel. Company F of the 29th US Colored Troops may be the least known of Wisconsin’s Civil War soldiers. With little training, they served near Petersburg, Virginia, participating in the siege and Battle of the Crater. After the war ended, they remained on active duty and served along the Mexican border. Hear and see the stories of these unknown Badgers and why their service was important to them and to Wisconsin’s history.
Saturday, December 14, 2013; 11am-4pm
An afternoon of songs, crafts, and activities exploring how soldiers and civilians celebrated the Christmas holiday during the Civil War. Free!
- Soldiers in the winter camp
- Celebrating Christmas in the Army
- Sending a Christmas box via the Adams Express Company
- Naval nursing demonstration
- Holiday crafts and songs
- Winter fashions and food ways
A Dickens Christmas - RG Productions and Southeast Wisconsin Performing Arts
Sunday, December 15, 2013; 1pm-3pm – Freedom Hall
Here’s the schedule.
This is a free, family performance. See more >>
Nonperishable donations will be accepted for the local food pantry.
Friday Night at the Movies - The Horse Soldiers
Friday, January 31, 2014; 6:30pm-8:30pm | $5 | Event #0720719106
Based on the true story of Illinois cavalry Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson who led a daring raid through Mississippi during the Vicksburg Campaign in the spring of 1863. In the film, a Union Cavalry outfit led by John Wayne is sent behind Confederate lines to destroy a rail and supply center. The secret plan for the mission is overheard by a Southern belle who must be taken along to ensure her silence.
The Right Arm of Power: Major General John Aaron Rawlins
Saturday, February 1, 2014; 1pm
John Rawlins was Ulysses S. Grant’s fellow townsman and most loyal friend. During the Civil War, Rawlins served as Grant’s Adjutant, Chief of Staff, and Secretary of War. How did this man from Galena, Illinois, who had never read a military text or led men in battle serve so ably at the right hand of the Civil War’s most famous general?
Kenosha County Archaeological Society
Saturday, February 8, 2014; 1:30pm – Seminar Room, Civil War Museum
Paleoamerican Odyssey presented by Museums director and archaeologist Dan Joyce. After twenty years of analysis, the Schaefer and Hebior mammoths are both fully accepted as Pre-Clovis sites, changing the story of the peopling of North America.
Mr. Joyce discusses his presentation at the Santa Fe conference, including the impact Schaefer and Hebior excavations have had on international research as they rewrite history.
Civil War Medical Weekend
Saturday, February 15, 2014; 11am-4pm
Sunday, February 16, 2014; Noon-4pm
A weekend of living history, programs, and exhibits commemorating the role of physicians, nurses, and caregivers during the Civil War. This is a free event.
More about the Civil War Medical Weekend
Surgeons and nurses of the 17th Corps medical staff will set up camp inside the Museum’s Freedom Hall. 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 also demonstrate a variety of surgical techniques including bullet removal, brain surgery, and amputation.
Medicines and Remedies of the Civil War
Saturday, February 15, 2014; 1pm, Presented by Dr. Gordon Dammann
Dr. Dammann’s program examines the medicines given to sick and wounded soldiers during the Civil War and whether they did the patient more harm than good.
The Holy Cross Sisters During the Civil War: From Teaching to Nursing
Sunday, February 16, 2014; 1pm, Presented by Cindy Intravartolo
Learn the story of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, a non-nursing order from Indiana who served sick and wounded soldiers at Civil War hospitals in Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, and Missouri and also aboard the hospital ship USS Red Rover. Before the war ended, nearly half of the Sisters of the Holy Cross from Indiana would serve as nurses in the western theater of the war and in the nation’s capital.
Civil War Museum Media Club: Fire Within: A Civil War Narrative from Wisconsin
Tuesday, February 25, 2014; 7pm-8:30pm | $10 ($5 FOM) | Class #0620684106
Civil War Museum curator Doug Dammann leads discussion of Dr. Kerry Trask’s book which blends the experiences of several young Wisconsin men who fought in the Civil War with the course of events back home in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Using the letters and diaries of both soldiers and civilians, he recounts military campaigns on several fronts, as well as the travails of civilians on the home front. Register.
Inaugural Great Lakes Homefront Seminar
Saturday, March 15, 2014; 8:30am-3:30pm |$60 ($50 FOM) includes lunch | Seminar #0420776107
Exploring the Civilian Experience During the Civil War Era
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|We’re All in it Together: The War at Home and the Creation of Community in Wisconsin
||Presented by Dr. Kerry Trask
|The Most Christian Nation in the World: Religion and Two Civil War Families
||Presented by Fr. Robert Miller
|Maryland Civilians in the Antietam Campaign
||Presented by Kathleen Ernst
|Why the Northern Home Front Matters
||Presented by Brett Barker
Registration will be 8:30am – 9:30am, and the last lecture ends at 3:30pm. Preregistration by March 1, 2014 is strongly recommended.
4th Annual Civil War Expo
Saturday, March 29, 2014; 10am-3pm
More about the Civil War Expo
Living history and heritage groups from around the Midwest will have informational tables set up in the Museum to introduce visitors to their programs and interpretation.
General Impressions of the Civil War – 1pm – Presented by Robert Girardi
Ever wonder what Civil War generals thought about their colleagues and peers? Mr. Girardi examines what Civil War generals wrote, said, and thought about each other.
This is a free event.