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Indiana's Civil War 150th Commemoration Calendar of EVENTS

Listed events are not endorsed by the Indiana Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, any state agency or organization involved with the Indiana Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee.

2014

April

Hope Civil War Days
April 4-6, 2014  - Hope Town Square, Hope, IN
Free

           This year marks the 4th annual Hope Civil War Days, sponsored by the Hope Star-Journal, Yellow Trail Museum, and Bartholomew County Historical Society. Interact with the11th Indiana Infantry Volunteers (re-enactors) at their Spring Camp on the historic Hope Town Square (State Road 9, Bartholomew County).  Event includes living history portrayals, cemetery tours, educational programming, cricket games, and more.  For more information, email lsimpson@hopestarjournal.com or call 812-546-HOPE.

Giants in the Cornfield, Civil War Sesquicentennial
Through April 12  - Monroe County History Center, 202 E. 6th St., Bloomington, IN
$2 Adults, $1 Children

Get an incredible look at the soldiers from Monroe County and their role in the battles of the Civil War.

 

PAST EVENTS

2013 February

Happy Birthday, Abe!
February 9, 2013 (11am-4pm) - Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN
Free

Celebrate the 16th President's 204th birthday with the man himself! Meet Abraham Lincoln, enjoy fun activities related to his life and times, and see the museum's latest exhibition The Lincolns: Five Generations of an American Family.  For more information:  317-232-1637.

April

Save Our Union
April 13, 2013 (11am-4pm) - Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN
Free

It is 1861 and the Union Army needs you!  Report to camp and muster into the army.  Discover if Civil War life is for you.  Get fitted for your uniform, go through your basic drills to prepare for battle, and discover what's for lunch while on the march.  Get a chance to meet reenactors from here in Indiana who help to keep the Indiana's Civil War story alive.  For more information:  317-232-1637.

Region United, Nation Divided: Civil War in the South Shore
April 5 - May 3, 2013 (8am-5pm) - Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr., Hammond, IN

Photos, artifacts and reproductions of Northwest Indiana Civil War regimental battle flags will tell the story of the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County men in blue who fought to preserve the Union - and ultimately to end slavery.  This exhibit commemorates the 150th anniversary of the war's third year (1863), which ushered in the conflict's most pivotal engagement: the Battle of Gettysburg. One hundred or more Lake and Porter County men served in the three-day battle in early July in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, helping to earn a Union victory in what would become the war's turning point. One Crown Point colonel gave his life on the field during the battle's second day. Come learn his story and the facts and details behind the lives of many more region men and women who sacrificed during the Civil War. The South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail Expo will use special exhibits from the Indiana Historical Society, together with photos and local artifacts, to recreate this important story.   Live demonstrations by Civil War reenactors from 8am to 5pm April 6, 7, 13, 20, 27 and 28. There will also be demonstrations on May 1 from 4pm to 7:30pm.

MAY

Region United, Nation Divided: Civil War in the South Shore
April 5 - May 3, 2013 (8am-5pm) - Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr., Hammond, IN

Photos, artifacts and reproductions of Northwest Indiana Civil War regimental battle flags will tell the story of the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County men in blue who fought to preserve the Union - and ultimately to end slavery.  This exhibit commemorates the 150th anniversary of the war's third year (1863), which ushered in the conflict's most pivotal engagement: the Battle of Gettysburg. One hundred or more Lake and Porter County men served in the three-day battle in early July in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, helping to earn a Union victory in what would become the war's turning point. One Crown Point colonel gave his life on the field during the battle's second day. Come learn his story and the facts and details behind the lives of many more region men and women who sacrificed during the Civil War. The South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail Expo will use special exhibits from the Indiana Historical Society, together with photos and local artifacts, to recreate this important story.   Live demonstrations by Civil War reenactors from 8am to 5pm April 6, 7, 13, 20, 27 and 28. There will also be demonstrations on May 1 from 4pm to 7:30pm.

JUNE

La Porte Civil War Reenactment
June 22-23, 2013 (9am-5pm) - La Porte County Historical Society, 2405 Indiana Ave., La Porte, IN
$5 per carload

Annual Civil War event held on the grounds of the lovely La Porte Historical Society. Reenactors will have their camps set up and open to the public. Activities will include skirmishes, ladies events,evening ball and Sunday church service.  For more information:  219-324-6767 or info@laportecountyhistory.org

2012 May

Journals, Letters & Diaries of the Civil War
May 3, 2012 (1pm) - Willennar Genealogy Center, Eckhart Public Library, 700 S. Jackson St., Auburn, IN

Join Lynn Kaiser as she leads this Lunch Bunch discussion using excerpts from the anthology, America’s War. A journal kept at the hospital in Georgetown, D.C., a letter from Abraham Lincoln, private letters of Robert E. Lee and an excerpt from The Diary of Sarah Morgan will be shared.  Copies of the anthology, America’s War: Talking About the Civil Warn and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries and the novel, March by Geraldine Brooks will be available for check out. Civil War buffs and genealogy researchers are invited to attend. No registration is necessary. Refreshments will be provided.

This programs is part of the Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion series. This is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Additional support has been provided by Indiana Humanities.

Spirit of Freedom
May 3, 2012 - Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN

    Celebrate the African Americans who fought during the Civil War.

Reflections of the Civil War: Meet Photographer Robert Morris
May 3, 2012 (1pm) - Eckhart Public Library, 603 S. Jackson St., Auburn, IN

When looking at photos taken by Robert Morris, one cannot help but compare the beauty of his pieces to those of Ansel Adams. Join Morris as he shares how he captured the pictures from the black and white photography exhibit, Reflections of the Civil War. The library has been honored to have his work on display, which has been on loan from the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Morris describes that “the old Civil War battlefields are haunting places. It seems the souls of those old soldiers still haunt the area where they fought and died.”  Meet the photographer, Robert Morris as he shares tips on taking black and white photography. Learn what makes a good photograph as Robert uses his Reflections of the Civil War exhibit to illustrate some of these points. To view some of his additional work, please visit his website, morrisgallery.com. Register for this presentation at the Information Desk, 925-2414 extension 120 or online, www.epl.lib.in.us. Refreshments will be served.

This programs is part of the Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion series. This is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Additional support has been provided by Indiana Humanities.

Civil War Living History & Reenactment
May 4-6, 2012 - Shiner Park, Rising Sun, IN
For details visit Ohio County Museum

Civil War Roundtable: The Truth about the Confederate Flag
May 8, 2012 (7pm) - Monroe County History Center, Bloomington, IN

Civil War Encampment
May 11-13, 2012 - Montgomery County Historical Society, Crawfordsville, IN

Civil War Lecture Series - Turbulent Times: A Comparative View of Evansville in the Civil War and World War II
May 13, 2012 - Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN 

Civil War Days
May 19-20, 2012 - Conner Prairie, Fishers, IN

1st Annual Civil War Days
May 26-27, 2012 - Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, IN

Civil War Memorial Service
May 28, 2012 (12:45pm) - Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN

June

Civil War Roundtable: Wilder's Brigade at Hoover's Gap
June 12, 2012 (7pm) - Monroe County History Center, Bloomington, IN

Lanier Civil War Days
June 16-17, 2012 (10am - 4pm) - Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, Madison, IN
Admission fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children

Celebrate the life and culture of early Victorian-era Madison,Indiana, with thundering cannons during Lanier Civil War Days on June16 and 17. Experience mock Civil War battles, wonder at a humorous travelling medicine man show, see 19th century spiritualism demonstrations, meet an Abraham Lincoln presenter, enjoy period music,watch Victorian artisans, play children's historic games and toys,listen to historical talks and enjoy a free Saturday evening concert.  Call 812-273-0556 for more information.

Away from Home: Civil War Letters
June 23, 2012 - Minnetrista, 1200 N. Minnetrista Parkway, Muncie, IN

Away From Home: Civil War Letters This exhibit invites visitors on an emotional journey into the lives of American Civil War soldiers and the families they left behind.  Experience the glory and tragedy of the Civil War through letters of those who were there.  Away From Home makes the Civil War a personal experience.

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Civil War Railroad Days
June 23-24, 2012 - Hesston Steam Museum, LaPorte, IN

July

Whitewater Valley Railroad Excursion: American Limited
July 4, 2012 - Connersville, IN

Battle of Corydon Reenactment
July 6-8, 2012 - Corydon Battle Park, Corydon, IN

Civil War Personalities Walking Tour
July 9, 2012 - Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN

Three Rivers Festival: Camp Allen Muster, 1861-1865
July 14-15, 2012 - Old Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN

Big Run Cemetery Walk
July 18, 2012 (6pm) - Big Run Cemetery, sponsored by Eckhart Public Library, 700 S. Jackson St., Auburn, IN

Learn from re-enactors about area families, as well Civil War veterans and their families. Big Run Cemetery was established in 1854. This cemetery is listed in Indiana’s Cemetery and Burial Grounds Registry of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. From Butler travel east on U.S. 6 to County Road 75 and turn right (south) on county Road 75. The cemetery is located approximately 1/4 mile on the right (west) side of County Road 75. It is just south of Big Run Church.

This programs is part of the Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion series. This is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Additional support has been provided by Indiana Humanities.

August    

Antietam by James McPherson
August 16, 2012 (2:30pm) - Willenar Genealogy Center, Eckhart Public Library, 700 S. Jackson St., Auburn, IN

Book discussion.  The book is available at the library and genealogy center.

This programs is part of the Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion series. This is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Additional support has been provided by Indiana Humanities.

 

Civil War Concert
August 16, 2012 (6:30pm) - Library Park, sponsored by Eckhart Public Library, 603 S. Jackson St., Auburn, IN

Liza and Mark Woolever will entertain the crowd with a variety of Civil War music from the North and South.

This programs is part of the Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion series. This is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Additional support has been provided by Indiana Humanities.

 

September

Battlefield Medicine of the Civil War
September 6, 2012 (5:30pm) - Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in America.  The traveling exhibit (see exhibits page for Indiana dates) and programs are free and open to the public during the library’s normal operating hours, registration is requested for the programs. Full information on the program is available at www.indstate.edu/olli.

Princeton Annual Civil War Days
September 7-9, 2012 - Lafayette Park, Princeton, IN
$1.00 admission

Visit the 5th Annual Civil War Days in Princeton, Indiana. For the past three years Princeton Train Depot has provided an opportunity for all members of the community to appreciate and experience a living history of the events that shaped our country during the Civil War. This event has fostered the appreciation of the passion and preservation of the great struggle from which our country emerged. Over 900 students from Gibson County schools attended last year's School Day. Over 75 Civil War Reenactors are expected to attend from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.  For more information, email maonel@sit-co.net or call 812-385-6821.

Whitewater Valley Railroad Excursion: The Statesman with Mr. Lincoln
September 8-9, 2012 - Metamora, IN

Stone's Trace Festival
September 8-9, 2012 - Stones Trace, Ligonier, IN

Civil War Roundtable: Indiana at Antietam
September 11, 2012 (7pm) - Monroe County History Center, Bloomington, IN

African Americans in Indiana During the Civil War
September 11, 2012 (3pm) - Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in America.  The traveling exhibit (see exhibits page for Indiana dates) and programs are free and open to the public during the library’s normal operating hours, registration is requested for the programs. Full information on the program is available at www.indstate.edu/olli.

2012 R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture
September 12, 2012 (12pm) - Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN
$25.00 admission

Gary Gallagher, the John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia, will be the speaker.  Gallagher's presentation title is "A Mighty War for Union: Reality, Memory, and America's Greatest Conflict."  Call 317-232-1637 for more information.

Johnny Appleseed Festival
September 15-16, 2012 - Fort Wayne, IN

Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
September 19, 2012 (1:30pm) - Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in America.  The traveling exhibit (see exhibits page for Indiana dates) and programs are free and open to the public during the library’s normal operating hours, registration is requested for the programs. Full information on the program is available at www.indstate.edu/olli.

Fashions of the Civil War Era
September 19, 2012 (5pm) - Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in America.  The traveling exhibit (see exhibits page for Indiana dates) and programs are free and open to the public during the library’s normal operating hours, registration is requested for the programs. Full information on the program is available at www.indstate.edu/olli.

Angola Civil War Days
September 21-23, 2012 - Commons Park, Angola, IN

Walking the Wabash - Exploring Activities Related to the Underground Railroad in West Central Indiana
September 25, 2012 (5:30pm) - Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in America.  The traveling exhibit (see exhibits page for Indiana dates) and programs are free and open to the public during the library’s normal operating hours, registration is requested for the programs. Full information on the program is available at www.indstate.edu/olli.

October

We Should Know Their Courage: Three Black Leaders
October 2, 2012 (7pm) - Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in America.  The traveling exhibit (see exhibits page for Indiana dates) and programs are free and open to the public during the library’s normal operating hours, registration is requested for the programs. Full information on the program is available at www.indstate.edu/olli.

Rediscovering the Life and Times of Frederick Douglass
October 4-5, 2012, IUPUI Campus Center, Indianapolis

A public symposium to observe and assess the significance of the publication of the first scholarly edition of Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, the third and most inclusive autobiography by the 19th century's best-known African American.  For more information please visit http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/douglass-symposium.  RSVP to douglass@iupui.edu.

Battle of Perryville Commemoration
October 5-7, 2012 - Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site

The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Perryville will focus on recreating small scale selected portions of the battle that occurred here in October, 1862. If you are interested in participating in the event please read over the participant rules and standards section listed for your particular branch of service listed below. If you have further questions you may contact the Preservation Coordinator at joan.house@ky.gov

Civil War Personalities Walking Tour
October 6, 2012 (5:30pm) - Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN

Apple Festival of Kendallville
October 6-7, 2012 - Kendallville, IN

Hartford City Civil War Days
October 12-14, 2012 - Hartford City, IN

Battle of Belzer Civil War Days
October 26-28, 2012 - Boy Scouts of America Camp Belzer, Indianapolis, IN

2011 March

14th Annual Victorian Spring Ball
March 26 - Ft. Wayne Chamber of Commerce Building - 420 Wayne St, Fort Wayne, IN

The 30th Indiana Civil War Reenactors, Inc. will be hosting their 14th Annual Victorian Spring Ball.  Dance workshop from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Grand March to begin at 7:00 PM. Appetizers and desserts will be served throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchased for $35 a person from Sue Pfeiffer. Sue Pfeiffer can be contacted at: (260) 422-3604 or spfeiffer@acpl.lib.in.us.

April

From Underground Railroad to Sundown Towns Gallery Talk
April 2, 2pm - Center for History, 808 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN
General museum admission applies

James Loewen, Ph.D., will present this gallery talk in conjunction with the exhibit Liberty on the Border, on view through May 8. Many Indiana and Michigan towns aided fugitive slaves prior to and during the Civil War, but between 1890 and 1930, there was a steady disappearance of African Americans residing in those states' rural areas. In his talk, Dr. Loewen explains how once abolitionist-minded communities gradually began to refuse the basic rights of African American citizens. Following his talk, Dr. Loewen will also sign copies of his books.

 

Connersville Middle School Remembers 
April 8 - Elmhurst, St. Rd. 121, Connersville, IN
765-825-1139, ext 182

The Connersville Middle School, 7th and 8th grade, is commemorating the Sesquicentennial by hosting an encampment. Students will tour the grounds and take part in interactive sessions. We currently have one northern and one southern reenactment group coming. If you are a civil war group or enthusiast who would like to join the day, please contact Mrs. Newton - Media Specialist, Connersville Middle School

 

Disunion! The War Begins
April 12 (8pm) - Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, 601 West 1st. St., Madison, IN
812-273-0556

Program to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter, the start of the Civil War.  One hundred and fifty luminaries will be placed on the grounds of the Lanier Mansion.  A commemoration ceremony will be held at the Jefferson County Civil War Memorial located on the Lanier/Madison Visitor Center Plaza across Vine Street from the mansion.  The ceremony will include short readings from contemporary newspapers, diaries and letters describing the start of the Civil War.  Civil War period music will be performed between the readings.

 

18th National Conference of the Society of Civil War Surgeons
April 1-3, Williamsburg, VA

May

Civil War Days
May 21-22, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park - Indianapolis, IN

One weekend only, Conner Prairie transforms into a Civil War battleground. Watch eyes grow wide when horses charge and cannons roar as reenactors from across the country bring an 1860’s battle to life again. Young and old can learn firsthand what the Civil War was about from Union and Confederate soldiers.

 

1st Annual Civil War Days
May 28-30, Spring Mill State Park - Mitchell, IN

Take part in the first annual Spring Mill Civil War Days, featuring: children's activities, a  Ball (Sat. evening), Ladies Tea, Memorial Service, re-enactors, and much more! If you’re lucky you might catch a speech by Gov. Oliver Morton, the man who led Indiana during the Civil War, Mrs. Stonewall Jackson, wife of the famous general, Clara Barton, Civil War nurse and organizer of the American Red Cross, or another historic figure.

June

1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana (Grand Opening)
June 4, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park - Indianapolis, IN

Be the first to explore Conner Prairie's incredible one-of-a-kind new outdoor experience that puts you right in the middle of a dramatic moment in Indiana during the Civil War. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.  Through theatrical wizardry, including video, sound, staging and actors dressed in authentic period costumes, you will be drawn into the true story of General John Hunt Morgan's cavalry raid on Indiana and its impact on families and communities.

 

North South Skirmish Association Firearm Demonstration
June 11 (5 pm), SR 62/Maxine Moss Drive - Friendship, IN

Come Join the NMLRA and N-SSA on June 11 as the NMLRA kick off their National Spring Championship Shoot as well as The N-SSA help Celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War an event that helped shape our country.  Come watch and enjoy competitors from all around compete with black powder firearms and watch as Union and Confederate Units from the North-South Skirmish Association provide a demonstration of firearms used in the Civil.

 

Civil War Days
June 11-12, Billie Creek Village - Rockville, IN

 

Lanier Days
June 18-19 - Lanier Mansion, Madison, IN

Enjoy a weekend of Civil War encampment, historic trades fair, local history talks, musical performances and re-enactors, children’s building apprentice station and old toys.

 

North South Skirmish Association Regional Skirmish
June 24-26 - 4417 N. Coonhunters Rd, Batesville, IN

The North South Skirmish Association has been around since 1950 preserving the heritage of the Civil War. This is a shooting competition event in which team who represents an actual unit that fought in the Civil War competes with firearms from the era in both precision shooting and team events. This is a interesting and a must event for the Civil War enthusiast. Come celebrate this sesquicentennial celebration of Indiana's involvement in this historical event.

 

Civil War Weekend
June 25-26 - LaPorte County Historical Society Museum, LaPorte, IN

Come and wander through camp to see demonstrations of camp life, gun use and care, cooking over an open fire, handcrafts, soldiers' uniforms, loading and firing of cannon, skirmishes between the North and the South and more! No charge for outside demonstrations. Reduced admission to museum building for the day.

 

Hesston Civil War Railroad Days
June 26-27 - Hesston Steam Museum, LaPorte, IN

Witness the North and South battling for control of the Flying Dutchman railroad and the Union army payroll being transported on your train. Ride back in time to the days when controlling the railroad means winning the war. Experience living history and tour the Union and Confederate camps.

July

Whitewater Valley Railroad Excursion: American Limited
July 4, Connersville, IN

Looking to relive a bit of the Civil War? Come along and take a trip back in time with us. Be in the middle of the action as an Union Army detachment protects the US Government Payroll. While along the line a relentless group of Confederate soldiers, simply known as Morgan's Raiders, plan and wait. Enjoy a relaxing train ride though the scenic Whitewater Valley, on your way to the historic town of Metamora. Enjoy a two hour layover before your return trip to Connersville.

 

Battle of Corydon Reenactment
July 8-10, Hayswood Nature Preserve and Downtown Corydon, IN

The 2011 reenactment will be held in Corydon, Indiana, just a short drive west of Louisville, KY, off Interstate 64. Hayswood Nature Preserve is the main location of battle reenactment and encampment activities with downtown Corydon hosting a reenactment of Morgan’s Raid and other events.

 

Three Rivers Festival: Camp Allen Muster, 1861-1865
July 16-17 - Old Fort, Fort Wayne, IN

Hear the cannons roar and the rifles and muskets fire, listen to the soldiers as they complete their drills, talk with the cooks who make the food for those who live at the Old Fort. Join the Civil War re-enactors at the Old Fort on Saturday, July 16th from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Sunday July 17th from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., as they return to the time when families were divided. There will be soldiers and their families to talk with, as well as children games and various demonstrations to either participate in or observe. For more information call (260) 437-2836.

August

The Role of Indiana Women in the Civil War
August 13 (2pm) - Johnson County Museum, Franklin, IN
Free
317-346-4500

The Johnson County Museum presents professional storyteller Sharon Kirk Clifton in the compelling one-woman drama At Home and in Harm’s Way: The Role of Indiana Women in the Civil War. Clifton brings to life the stories of Elizabeth George and other Hoosier women during the Civil War, recounting their engaging and often heartbreaking tales.

Muster in the Park
August 20 (10am - 6pm) - Military Park and the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN
$9.50 Adults; $9 Seniors; $6.50 Children; $2.50 Museum Member
317-232-1637

Relive Indiana's role in the Civil War at the Indiana State Museum's inaugural Muster in the Park on August 20. Step back in time with soldier and civilian reenactors as they bring the 1860s to life in Military Park. Train for battle alongside soldiers and interact with the equipment they used. Visit soldiers while touring the camp and see how women contributed to the war effort. Play the popular games and listen to the hit music of the time. Talk politics of the day with Abe Lincoln and learn why Indiana went to war in support of the Union. The day is packed with so much to do and see for all ages. Don't miss a chance to join the action!

August

Whitewater Valley Railroad Excursion: Metamora Civil War & Steam Weekend
August 28 & 29, Historic Downtown Metamora, IN

Come along and take a trip back in time with us. Be in the middle of the action as an Union Army attachment protects a Flagg Coal Company steam locomotive . While along the line a relentless group of Confederate soldiers plan and wait. On Saturday and Sunday Festivities will start at 10:30 AM in Historic Downtown Metamora, with four departures of a Flagg Coal Company locomotive at 11:00 AM, 1:10 PM, 3:00 PM, and 5:00 PM. Along the way, remnants of the Whitewater Canal locks, the restored Laurel Feeder Dam, and portions of the West Fork of the Whitewater River can be clearly seen. Fares for the scenic 70 minute, ten mile round trip adventure are $16 per person and children ages 2-12 ride for half price. Trips run rain or shine.

September

Tombstone Trail Tours 
Starting in September, 2011
Noble County, IN
$3 - $15, see website for details

This year the Tombstone Trail pays special tribute to the 150th anniversary marking the beginning of the Civil War. Stories from both the Union and the Confederacy will be featured in local cemeteries. Guided and self-guided tours available.

4th Annual Civil War Days
Sept. 9-11, Lafayette Park - Princeton, IN

 

Civil War at the Fort
Sept. 9-11 - Ambassador Park, Fort Recovery, OH

The first annual Civil War at the Fort will take place at the Ambassador Park in Fort Recovery, Ohio.  There will be living history and reenactments that have skirmishing and battles on all three days with school programs  and a night walk offered Friday. Live artillery demonstration, night fire, military ball, payroll, parlor games, ladies tea and a Saturday baseball game are just some of the many events planned for this three-day event.  Check out a full schedule at the Fort Recovery Ambassadors’ website.

McMurtry Lecture
Sept. 9 (7pm) - Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Ft. Wayne, IN
Free

Ronald C. White, Jr., author of the bestselling A. Lincoln: A Biography, is the featured speaker for the 2011 McMurtry Lecture.  Presented in partnership with Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana and the Allen County Public Library.  Brown Bag Lunch with Mr. White at 11:30am.

McMurtry Lecture
Sept. 10 (1pm) - Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN
Free
317-232-1637

Ronald C. White, Jr., author of the bestselling A. Lincoln: A Biography, is the featured speaker for the 2011 McMurtry Lecture, which is being repeated at the Indiana State Museum.  Presented in partnership with Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana and the Allen County Public Library.

 

Angola Civil War Days
Sept. 23-25 - Commons Park, Angola, IN

Experience a historical camp and war re-enactment.

 

Vermilion County Civil War Days
September 24-25 - Kennekuk Park, Danville, IL

Vermilion County Civil War Days, hosted by the Illiana Civil War Historical Society, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25 in and around the Bunker Hill Historic Area at Kennekuk County Park. The location is five miles north of Danville on Henning Road.

October

The 14th Civil War Symposium & Reenactment - 1861: The War Begins! 
Oct. 1 (9am – 5pm), First Division Museum at Cantigny in Wheaton, IL

Plan to join us for a combination of historical analysis on the first year of the Civil War combined with living history displays and outdoor activities. The speakers and presentations include: Ray Brown, Manassas National Battlefield Park, on The First Battle of Manassas; Steven J. Ramold, Eastern Michigan University, on Discipline in the Union Army; James I. Robertson, Virginia Tech, on Stonewall Jackson’s nickname; and Mark A. Snell, The George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, Shepherd University, on the 1861 Campaign in Western (West) Virginia.

 

22nd Annual  Hartford City Civil War Days & Living History
Oct. 7 - 9, Hartford City, IN

Civil War Lecture Series: Jeffersonville and Clark County in the Civil War
October 20 (6pm) - Jeffersonville Township Public Library, 211 E. Court Ave., Jeffersonville

Dr. Carl E. Kramer, Director, Institute for Local and Oral History, Indiana University Southeast, will present this lecture.

Battle of Belzer Civil War Days
October 21-23 - BSA Camp Belzer, Indianapolis, IN

Scouts and Scouters camp, drill and even fight right alongside their Civil War reenacting partners in a mock battle staged at the end of Saturday. It’s an immersion event in which Scouts and Scouting adults are introduced to what it was like to be in the service of their country during the epic struggle that has come to be known as the American Civil War.

November

Civil War Lecture Series: The Hoosier Jefferson Davis: A Clark County General in the Civil War
Nov. 1 (6pm) - Jeffersonville Township Public Library, 211 E. Court Ave., Jeffersonville

Dr. Carl E. Kramer, Director, Institute for Local and Oral History, Indiana University Southeast, will present this lecture.

Catholic Sisters During the Civil War Lecture
Nov. 4 (4pm) - Center for History, 808 W. Washington St., South Bend
Regular Museum admission applies

Diane Batts Morrow, Ph.D., will present the lecture The Experience of the Oblate Sisters of Providence During the Civil War Era. Dr. Morrow will chronicle the story of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, a historically African-American congregation, during the Civil War. The presentation is based on Morrow's recent book Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time: The Oblate Sisters of Providence, 1828-1860

2012 March

Book Discussion:  March by Geraldine Brooks
March 8, 2012 (6:30pm) - Eckhart Public Library, 603 S. Jackson St., Auburn, IN

In the classic American novel Little Women, the father is more of a presence than a character. He is serving in the Union Army at the beginning and comes home to recuperate from illness later on. Author Geraldine Brooks has taken the patriarch of the March family and spun an entire story. This novel is set during the Civil War, and flashbacks help flesh out the back story of his philosophical growth. Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion series, is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Additional support has been provided by Indiana Humanities.

Civil War Roundtable: Civil War Music (encore)
March 13, 2012 (7pm) - Monroe County History Center, Bloomington, IN

Book Discussion:  March by Geraldine Brooks
March 21, 2012 (12pm) - Eckhart Public Library, 603 S. Jackson St., Auburn, IN

In the classic American novel Little Women, the father is more of a presence than a character. He is serving in the Union Army at the beginning and comes home to recuperate from illness later on. Author Geraldine Brooks has taken the patriarch of the March family and spun an entire story. This novel is set during the Civil War, and flashbacks help flesh out the back story of his philosophical growth. Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion series, is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Additional support has been provided by Indiana Humanities.

April

Civil War and Sanitary Commission
April 9, 2012 (6:30pm) - Eckhart Public Library, 603 S. Jackson St., Auburn, IN

Julie Reese DuVall, Civil War re-enactor, will give a presentation on the United States Sanitary Commission, which was the forerunner of the American Red Cross. More than 10,000 men and women served as volunteer Sanitary Commission workers during the Civil War. It was created by concerned civilians who saw the need to provide medically related help to those soldiers who would become victims of the fast approaching war and its resulting carnage. The Commission's goal was to provide to the soldiers, free of charge, the food, clothing and shelter, as well as medical care in the form of medicine, nurses, contract surgeons, inspectors and periodicals to help lessen the disastrous results of war. Julie has participated in the 130th Antietam re-enactment, Gettysburg National Military Park medical weekends, Midwest Civil War Civilian Conference, Ft. Wayne Civil War Days and much more. She has been published in several periodicals, including The Society of Civil War Surgeons magazine.

Civil War Roundtable: Stealing the General
April 10, 2012 (7pm) - Monroe County History Center, Bloomington, IN

Happy Birthday, Addy Party
April 14, 2012 (1pm) - Eckhart Public Library, 603 S. Jackson St., Auburn, IN

Girls in grades 3 and above are invited to Addy’s birthday party. Come enjoy Civil War food, activities and more.

Slaves and the Civil War
April 17, 2012 (6:30pm) - Eckhart Public Library, 603 S. Jackson St., Auburn, IN

Sharon Zonker is a retired teacher and long-time Civil War “buff.” Sharon and her husband, Jerry, have been interested in studying and visiting Civil War sites since their marriage. Their honeymoon was spent in Gettysburg. Since retirement, they spend part of the winter in Charleston, South Carolina where the war started 150 years ago this year. Over the years, Sharon has gathered stories and information focusing on the women and slaves connected with this nation-changing war. Sharon is a quilter and uses quilts to tell the stories she has gathered. She will be sharing about Northern and Southern women who made significant changes in how the role of women was seen and how it impacts women today. In this talk, Sharon will be focusing on the slaves who played an important role in the Civil War. The stories of the Underground Railroad, especially here in Indiana will also be a major focus of her talk.

 

Civil War Camp Life
April 21, 2012 (1pm) - The Third Place, Eckhart Public Library, 603 S. Jackson St., Auburn, IN

Stop by for a taste of what Civil War soldiers’ lives were like.

Abraham Lincoln: Hoosier Hero
April 21, 2012 (2pm) - Johnson County Museum, Franklin, IN