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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 Prairie Lawyer and the Clarinet Player: Music at the Gettysburg Address
Friday, October 10, 2014; Noon – Freedom Hall

Presented by Mr. Ed Pierce. Lincoln’s part in the great cemetery dedication of 1863 is a story well told. This program shows how music of the Marine Band contributed to the success of the dedication.

Ozaukee County Civil War Draft Riot of 1862
Friday, November 14, 2014; Noon – Freedom Hall

Presented by Mr. Allen Bucholz. In November 1862, residents of Ozaukee County who opposed the draft attacked the draft commissioner and did significant damage to the city of Port Washington, Wisconsin.

This program covers the cause, the riot, the aftermath, and a few significant contributions made by Ozaukee soldiers during the war.

Claiming Lincoln: Progressivism, Equality and the Battle for Lincoln’s Legacy in Presidential Rhetoric

Wednesday, September 17, 2014; 7pm

Dr. Jason Jividen of Saint Vincent College delivers a Constitution Day lecture on the attempt of progressive and modern liberal US presidents to appropriate the Lincoln image into their political rhetoric.

This is a free event sponsored by Carthage College History Department and the Jack Miller Center.

Living History Saturday

A Soldier's LifeSeptember 20, 2014; 1pm-4pm
Have you ever wanted to meet or talk to a Civil War soldier? What would you ask? Why did they volunteer; what was the food like; what was it like to wear those uniforms all summer; did they really march twenty miles a day?
Expert Civil War reenactors answer these questions and more as they interact with visitors.



Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander and Chief

author James McPhersonWednesday, October 8, 2014
Social Hour and Dinner at 5:30pm; Program at 7pm

Event #0920839406 | Dinner and Program $45 ($35 FOM) | Program Only – Suggestion $5 donation at the door

Presented by Dr. James McPherson. The Museum welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. James McPherson for a dinner, program, and book signing for his latest work Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander and Chief. ┬áDr. McPherson’s new book is a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy.

First edition copies will be available for purchase and signing through the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop at the event. Advance registration is required for dinner but not for the program.

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BoofestSaturday, October 25, 2014; 1-4pm

The Museums have plenty of activities to get you in the Halloween spirit!

  • Kenosha Public Museum – Make a trick or treat bag, learn about your bones and owl pellets, then go on a scavenger haunt.
  • Dinosaur Discovery Museum – Explore dinosaur mummies and go on a spooky dinosaur scavenger hunt.
  • Civil War Museum – Paint a pumpkin.

Plus, wear your costume and trick or treat at all three Museums. This is a free event.

Lincoln and the Power of the Press

author Harold HolzerThursday, October 30, 2014; Public reception at 6pm and Program at 7pm
Free with suggested $5 donation at the door

The Museum welcomes author and Lincoln scholar Mr. Harold Holzer for a program and book signing for his latest work Lincoln and the Power of the Press. This new book explores how Lincoln both used and silenced the press to speak directly to the people and shape the opinion of the nation.

First edition copies will be available for purchase and signing through the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop at the event. Advance registration is not required.

Veterans Heritage Day

Veterans Heritage DaySaturday, November 8, 2014; 11am-4pm

Visit with veterans as they display memorabilia from all branches of service. A soldiers and veterans brick dedication will begin at 11am.

Here is information about ordering a brick in honor or memory of a veteran or soldier.


Freemasonry and the Civil War: Fraternal Brothers Across the Lines

Masonic logoSunday, November 16, 2014; 1:30pm

Presented by Armistead-Bingham Lodge 1862 Civil War Masonic Lodge of Research under the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin. During the Civil War, Freemasons on both sides laid down their weapons to help each other. Learn how Masons on the battlefields, on the back roads, and in graveyards were united wearing both the Blue and the Gray.