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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.

Mr. Holzer’s book, Lincoln and the Power of the Press has just been named a “Best of the Month” in the  History category at Amazon! See Mr. Holzer discussing his book as a part of Simon & Schuster’s “History in Five” series.


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.


Slavery and the Constitution in Antebellum America

Dan MonroeTuesday, November 11, 2014; 7pm

The Carthage College History Department and the Jack Miller Center host Dr. Dan Monroe, Millikin University (Decatur, Illinois).

(Please note that this program will be held at the Civil War Museum. It is free and open to the public.)

Dr. Monroe presents the program Slavery and the Constitution in Antebellum America.  Dr. Monroe is associate professor and chair of Millikin’s history department. He was awarded the Heiligenstein Award for Teaching Excellence and was a fellow at the Virginia Historical Society and Lincoln Legal Papers.

Dr. Monroe is the author of three books:  The Republican Vision of John Tyler (2003); At Home with Illinois’ Governors: A Social History of the Illinois Executive Mansion (2002); and Shapers of the Great Debate on the Civil War: A Biographical Dictionary (2005).

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.

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.

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.



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.



Victorian Christmas

Saturday, 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.

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-19th 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.

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.