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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.

Friday, August 12, 2016; Noon
Fighting Dick Anderson: Lee’s Most Maligned General

Presented by Lawrence Hewitt. Mr. Hewitt’s presentation will explain his metamorphosis from maligner to promoter of Anderson. Heretofore unknown, overlooked, ignored, or deliberately distorted facts will be revealed regarding his character and career. Examples of where historians have maligned him out of ignorance, prejudice, or in order to enhance the reputations of other officers, including Williamsburg and the Seven Days’ Battles will be covered in detail. A reexamination of these and other events, coupled with newly discovered evidence, paints a dramatically different assessment of his relationship with Robert E. Lee than popularly believed. Anderson was not perfect, however, personally or professionally. But he came close, and he may have been unique among Civil War generals.

lady elginFriday, September 9; Noon
Slavery, Secession, and the Voyage of the Lady Elgin
Presented by Brian Kangas. Mr. Kangas’ program focuses on Milwaukee on the eve of the election of 1860 highlighting the conflict between Wisconsin’s Radical Republicans, led by Governor Alexander Randall and Irish Democrats in Milwaukee’s Third Ward.



little red canoeFriday, October 14; Noon
My Little Red Canoe
Presented by Lia Nicine McCoo and Keryn Moriyah. Join Civil War Song Bards Lia Nicine McCoo and Keryn Moriyah for both music and back story of the compelling, beautiful, and whimsical songs which drew them into music of the Civil War era. Songs such as “Pretty Saro,” “Hard Times,” “Cotton Eyed Joe,” “Angeline The Baker,” “Darlin Nellie Grey,” ”Bonnie Blue Flagg,” and “Yellow Rose of Texas” draw young and old into an experience, sometimes rolling and deep, sometimes light and soaring, as wide as a river and powerful enough to lift a roomful of human spirit.


Grand ArmyFriday, November 11; Noon
150 Years of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.)
Presented by Mike Wozny. The Grand Army of the Republic—first organized in Decatur, IL, in 1866—was among the first advocacy groups in American politics. Its membership supported voting rights for black veterans, promoted patriotic education, helped make Memorial Day a national holiday, and lobbied the United States Congress to establish regular veterans’ pensions. The program covers the legacy of the G.A.R. from inception to its final muster in 1956.

Teaching the Civil War

teaching the civil warThursday, July 21, 2016; 8:30am-4:30pm
$40 ($30 FOM) | Register Here

This one-day seminar utilizes the resources and collections of the Civil War Museum as well as successful programs developed by teachers to provide a framework for teaching the Civil War in the classroom. Program topics include: techniques for teaching slavery and the Underground Railroad; using living history presentations in the classroom; the power of primary sources and museum objects; and destinations for Civil War field trips.

Here are more details.

The Wisconsin National Guard’s 132nd Army Band

National Guard BandSunday, August 14, 2016; 1pm

Join the Civil War Museum for a special concert by the Wisconsin National Guard 132nd Army Band. Military bands have a long tradition of supporting and entertaining service members and civilians with music. In Wisconsin, the National Guard’s 132nd Army Band keeps the tradition alive and thriving with approximately 60 citizen-soldier-musicians who travel the world with a variety of music that everybody enjoys.


The 9th Annual Great Lakes Civil War Forum – Heroes Tried and True: The Iron Brigade

Saturday, September 10, 2016
$60 ($50 FOM) | Register Here

Here are the details.

Nashville and Middle Tennessee Civil War Sites

October 23-26, 2016

From Sunday, October 23, to Wednesday, October 26, the Civil War Museum will be sponsoring a motor coach tour of the principle Civil War sites of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Our expert guides will take the group to Fort Donelson, Stones River National Battlefield Park, Franklin, and Civil War sites within the city limits of Nashville. The price for the trip includes all hotel accommodations, meals, motor coaches, guides, and park fees.

Hurry, space is limited and there is a price incentive to sign up before April 3, 2016. Here is a detailed itinerary and pricing. To reserve your place, call the Museum at 262-653-4141.

Patrick Cleburne–Hardee’s Irish Wolfhound

patrick cleburneSunday, October 2, 2016; 1pm

David Wege’s program considers Confederate General Patrick Cleburne during the 1864 Tennessee Campaign that ultimately claimed his life at the Battle of Franklin. The program reviews Cleburne’s record as a commander, the dynamics between Cleburne and General Hood, and the aftermath of the Battle of Franklin.



Rooster Cogburn, Jesse James, and Bloody Bill: Historical Fiction and Fictional History

true gritWednesday, October 19, 2016; 7pm

Bjorn Skaptason from the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop explores the intersection between history and fiction in Charles Portis’ True Grit as its characters remember the Civil War.

This program is in support of the True Grit Big Read Program hosted by Gateway Technical College. Pick up a free copy of True Grit at the Civil War Museum beginning mid-September.

Contact the Kenosha Public Library ( for details of all Big Read community programs.

Rockin’ Boofest

Saturday, October 29, 2016; 1pm-4pm

boofestShow off your costume as you rock and stroll through the Museums. There will be trick or treat stops and these special activities at all three Museums:

Civil War Museum

Lantern Tours on the hour starting at 1pm
Presidential Zombie
Story Time for young kids every hour starting at 1:30pm
Create your own Spooky Story

Kenosha Public Museum

Mad Scientist Lab
Punk’n Painting
Monster Mash
DIY Trick or Treat bag

Dinosaur Discovery Museum
Haunted Dino Digs

Masons at Gettysburg–North vs. South

masons at gettysburgSaturday, November 5, 2016; 1:30pm

Mr. Trevor Steinbach and Mrs. Parker Dow, Past Masters of the Armistead-Bingham Civil War Lodge 1862—Grand Lodge of Wisconsin, elaborate on all of the masons that held roles in this critical battle in July, 1863.