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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 Sultana Disaster: What Caused It?
Friday, December 11, 2015

Presented by Gene Salecker. The Mississippi steamboat Sultana was carrying home over 2,200 recently released Union prisoners of war when her boilers exploded in the early morning hours of April 27, 1865. More than 1,800 people lost their lives – more than on the Titanic. What caused the explosion? Was it greed, incompetence, poor design, old boilers, or even sabotage?

Victorian Christmas

Layout 1Saturday, December 5, 2015; 11am-3:30pm

A free event sponsored by the Friends of the Museums.

A day of programs, exhibits, music, crafts, and dance to explore how soldiers and civilians celebrated the Christmas holiday during the Civil War period.


Here is the Victorian Christmas schedule of events.

Holiday Crafts – 11am – 3pm

Make potato print greeting cards, candy-filled cornucopia ornaments, and spinning thaumatrope ornaments.

Parlor Games

Play the games wealthy Victorian children amused themselves with including a beetle drawing dice game and ‘Tiddledy Winks.’


Watch the West Side Victorian Dancers perform popular dances of the nineteenth century.


A Soldier’s Christmas, presented by reenactor Andy Ackeret.


The Civil War, a Woman’s Point of View presented by Jenna Theissen.


Songs of the Season, performed by members of the Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity.


The West Side Victorian Dancers present a second performance of popular nineteenth century.

Be sure to also check out the activities next door at the Kenosha Public Museum’s International Holiday Festival, also on December 5, 2015.