Details about Classes can be found here.
Second Friday Lunchbox Lecture Series
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.
May 8, 2015, Noon-1pm
Presented by Tony Majewski. The CSS Shenandoah sailed and steamed 58,000 miles over 13 months, took the war to the frigid waters of Alaska, and circumnavigated the globe. In the process, she claimed more than 35 prizes and took close to 1,000 prisoners. Mr. Majewski details the storied history of this Confederate vessel.
The Kenosha Companies: Companies H & I of the 33rd Wisconsin Infantry
June 12, 2015, Noon-1pm
Presented by Bob Braun. The 33rd Wisconsin was organized at Racine, Wisconsin, and mustered into Federal service October 18, 1862. Many of the men from Companies H and I called the Kenosha area home. Hear the story of their Western Theater experiences which included the Vicksburg and Red River Campaigns and the Battle of Nashville.
Firearms Technology During the Civil War
July 10, 2015; Noon-1pm
Presented by David Stavlo. Gunsmith David Stavlo has been buying, selling, repairing, and restoring original Civil War-era firearms on a full-time basis for five years. During this program, Mr. Stavlo will discuss the evolution of firearms during the Civil War from flintlocks and outdated technology during the beginning of the war to the modern self-contained cartridge and repeating rifle used at the end. His talk will be illustrated by original display pieces and images.
The Story of Camp Douglas, Chicago’s Forgotten Civil War Prison
August 14, 2015; Noon-1pm
Presented by David Keller. Mr. Keller provides a history of the Camp Douglas prison camp based on stories from diaries and journals of Confederate prisoners. The presentation includes information on conditions and loss of life at the camp, current status of the camp’s site, and work done by the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation to provide a lasting remembrance of the camp.
The Blackhat Discussion Group
Free public discussions on topics from the Museum’s collection of The Blackhat. First published in 1983 by members of the 6th Wisconsin Volunteers, the bulletins pertain to the Iron Brigade.
The Blackhats to be discussed at each session are listed below. Here are links for downloading each session’s The Blackhat.
April 8 – Early Days of the Iron Brigade
April 22 – Blackhat Biographies
May 6 – Rufus Dawes, 6th Wisconsin
May 20 – Battles and Skirmishes of the Iron Brigade
Civil War Hijinks
Thursday, April 23, 2015; 6:30pm | $5 Suggested Donation at the Door
Presented by Judy Cook. Popular folksinger and historian Judy Cook’s songs, images, and readings give a unique peek inside life during the war. The family-friendly program was inspired by letters between her great-great grandfather, a soldier away at camp, and his wife left to manage the farm.
Civil War Hijinks is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and State of Wisconsin. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project to do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Remembrance Field: A Civil War Memorial Project
May 1-June 15, 2015 – North of the Civil War Museum parking lot
From 1861 to 1865 the Upper Midwest – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin – sent 734,408 men to war; 104,145 perished during their service. Remembrance Field is a visual representation of the loss of life suffered during the Civil War. Each of the 1,042 stakes in the memorial represents the loss of 100 men from the Upper Midwest. Walk by, drive by, and stop by to pay tribute to the souls that paid the price to preserve the Union.
Friends of the Museums Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 7; 5:30pm-8:30pm – Kenosha Public Museum | $25/member or $28/nonmember | Register using paper
Members of the Friends of the Museums and guests are invited to the annual meeting and exclusive viewing of the live radio play, “Welles & FDR: On the Campaign Trail.”
From 5:30-7pm enjoy heavy hot and cold hors d’oeuvres buffet, sweets table, and beverages, followed by a short annual meeting. Then RG Productions honors the 100th birthday of Kenoshan Orson Welles with an exclusive performance.
Tea with Mrs. Lincoln
Saturday, May 9, 2015; 1pm | Event #0730869203 | $35 ($25 FOM) | Register
Mrs. Lincoln, portrayed by Debra Ann Miller of With Lincoln Productions, invites you for tea, finger sandwiches, salads, and sweets. Reminisce about her childhood, her days in Springfield, and her children as she celebrates the end of the Civil War. Drawing from her own letters to friends, family, and political figures of the era, this program paints a picture of Mary Lincoln that is both sympathetic and truthful. Advance registration is required.
The Rise of George Armstrong Custer, 1861-1865
Thursday, May 21; 2015; Dinner 5:30pm/Presentation 7pm | Dinner & Program Event #0720870206 – $45 ($35 FOM) | Program Only Event #0720871206 $15 ($10 FOM) | Register
Presented by Gregory UrwinDr. Urwin is a prize-winning author and a professor at Temple University, Philadelphia, where he specializes in American and British military history from the War of Independence to World War II. His first book, Custer Victorious: The Civil War Battles of General George Armstrong Custer, appeared in 1983, and he has published 8 others since then, along with more than 100 articles and essays. Dr. Urwin has appeared in many historical documentaries and worked as an historical consultant and extra in the 1989 film Glory., Temple University. George Armstrong Custer is forever remembered for his catastrophic defeat at the Battle of the LIttle Bighorn. But he first rocketed to national fame more than a dozen years earlier during the Civil War. Ranked last in the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of June 1861, Custer reported to the front in time to participate in the First Battle of Bull Run. In less than two years, he received a promotion to brigadier general of U.S. Volunteers, becoming the youngest general in the Union army. Dr. Urwin’s program tells the story of the Boy General’s Civil War career identifying the elements of his spectacular success before he turned 25.
Train Extravaganza Weekend
Saturday, May 30, 2015; 10am-5pm
Sunday, May 31, 2015; Noon-4pm
All makes of model trains on display throughout the Civil War Museum and Kenosha Public Museum. Sponsored by Kenosha Garden Railroad Society.
The United States Military Railroad
Saturday, May 30, 2015; 1pm
Presented by David E. Myers. Learn about the creation and development of the U.S. Military Railroads and the Railway Construction Corps. The Civil War was the first time warfare made extensive use of the transportation capabilities railroads offered. The visual program will show 60 photographs of the U.S.M.R.R. taken by Captain Andrew Russell, whose original photos documenting the railroad now exist in the collection of the National Archives.
The Fateful Lightning, Jeff Shaara
Thursday, June 11, 2015; Noon | Open to the Public, $5 Suggested Donation at the Door
From New York Times bestselling author Jeff Shaara comes the riveting final installment in the Civil War series that began with A Blaze of Glory and continued in A Chain of Thunder and The Smoke at Dawn.
During this program, author Jeff Shaara describes the concluding novel of his epic Civil War tetralogy, a dramatic story of the final eight months of battle in Georgia and the Carolinas from multiple perspectives. Through General William T. Sherman’s eyes, we gain insight into the mind of the general who vowed to “make Georgia howl” until it surrendered. In Joseph E. Johnston, we see a man agonizing over the limits of his army’s power, and accepting the burden of leading the last desperate effort to ensure the survival of the Confederacy.
The Civil War did not end quietly. It climaxed in a storm of fury that lay waste to everything in its path. The Fateful Lightning brings to life those final brutal, bloody months of fighting with you-are-there immediacy, grounded in the meticulous research that readers have come to expect from Jeff Shaara.
8th Annual A Salute to Freedom: 1865, Homeward Bound
Saturday June 13, 2015; 10am-4pm
A day of encampments, living history programs, demonstrations, performances, games, food, music, and fun to celebrate soldiers’ return home from war.
Here are schedule details for A Salute to Freedom
Outside Activities: Music by the Regimental Volunteer Band, artillery demos by Cushing’s Battery, bugle demos, Union Infantry encampment and demos, “Fill the Wagon” donation drive to benefit Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative.
Indoor Activities: Soldier’s Fair, games, crafts, pie sale, storytelling.
11am: Eagle and Friends program presented by the Schlitz Audubon Society
Noon: Welcome Home Celebration for the troops with marching, music, and patriotic speeches.
1pm: Hattie’s War program and book signing with authors Hilda and Emily Demuth.
2pm: Exhibition match between Milwaukee Cream Citys Base Ball Club and the Chicago Salmon. After the game, take fielding and batting practice with the Cream Citys!
4pm: Kenosha Pops concert
2pm-4pm: Communicty picnic and games
4th of July Family Patriotic Activities
Saturday, July 4, 2015; 1:30pm-4:30pm | Kenosha Public Museum and Civil War Museum
Celebrate in grand style by making an Uncle Sam hat at the Kenosha Public Museum and a patriotic fan at the Civil War Museum!
5th Annual Museum Crawl
Friday, July 10, 2015; 6pm-10pm | Event #0920620304 | $35 ($25 FOM) | Adults 21 and over only |Register using paper
See the Museums in a new light at an adults-only progressive party.
- Savor food from Franks Diner, Mangia Wine Bar, and Capt. Mike’s.
- Drink specially selected beers from Public Craft Brewing Co., Rustic Road Brewery, and CJW.
- Enjoy music from Roxie Beane, Matt Meyer, and Real Deal.
- Plus, play games, see cool exhibits, and hang out with old and new friends.
Tickets go fast. Register today!
8th Annual Great Lakes Civil War Forum: 1865 – Melt, Melt Away Ye Armies
Saturday, September 12, 2015; Registration 8:30am, first speaker at 9:30am; catered lunch included | Event #0420355408 | $60 Non-Member ($50 FOM) | Register
Here are speaker and presentation details.
Antietam Campaign Tour
October 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
o 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.