Michigan’s 2011
Civil War Sesquicentennial Events Listing

(Reenactments / Living Histories / School Programs / Commemorations / Presentations / Meetings)

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--January--

25. Classes: History of the Civil War (Kellogg College, Battle Creek, Michigan) . Five classes and Tour. Contact: Michelle Wright, 269-965-3934 ext-2217

27. Presentation: Democracy's Greatest Leaders: Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill (Hauenstein Center Grand Valley State University 401 Fulton Street W. Grand Rapids, MI 49504). Presentation will be given by Gleaves Whitney. 2011 will be a year of considerable reflection. It is the 70th anniversary of America's entry into World War II and the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the Civil War. The extraordinary leaders of these horrific wars not only led their people to victory; they also helped shape our modern world. Many regard Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill as the two greatest democratic leaders of all time. Who really were these men? What obstacles did they overcome? How did they mobilize armies and the English language? Why do they endure in our collective imagination? In his talk, presidential historian Gleaves Whitney will explore some answers to these questions. Gleaves Whitney became director of Grand Valley State University's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies in 2003. During his tenure he has been the architect of more than 300 public programs, including four national conferences covered by C-SPAN, and three internationally webcast debates -- one to more than 3,500 viewers in eighteen countries, and another watched on YouTube by more than 112,000 people in some 30 nations on all six inhabited continents. He has overseen tremendous growth of the Hauenstein Center's website, premiered a popular web column called Ask Gleaves -- the first presidential Q & A column in the nation -- and created a leadership academy for students and young professionals committed to public service. Program is part of Spring Speaker Series hosted by the Hsuenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University. Website: http://www.allpresidents.org. Contact: Jack Dempsey, Email: jdempsey@dickinsonwright.com, Telephone: 734-623-1619.

28 - October 23. Museum Exhibit: Rediscovering the Civil War (Plymouth Historical Museum, 155 S. Main St, Plymouth, Michigan). The special 10-month Exhibit will feature authentic Civil War clothing and weaponry; local soldiers, including 24th Michigan; and moving vignettes of life at home and at war. Hours: 1 - 4, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Website: Civilian/Military http://www.plymouthhistory.org, 734-455-8940

--February--

1 - June 30. Museum Exhibit: Rally Around the Flags (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, 1150 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan). M-F, 9 AM -5 PM, Sat 9 AM-12:30 PM. The Civil War was a seminal moment in our nation's history. It defined a generation of American's and its influence is still felt today. As the call to "Rally Round the Flag Boys!" was issued, Michigan responded by sending nearly 90,000 Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines. About 14,700 of these would never return. Come explore episodes and faces of Michigan in the war at the Bentley Historical Library's commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Website: Civilian/Military http://bentley.umich.edu/general/currentexhibit.php/. Contact: Bill Wallach at: 734-764-3482.

12. 202nd Birthday Commemoration of Abraham Lincoln (Washington, DC). Wreath Laying. Sponsored by the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. http://suvcw.org/mollus/oldsave/2011LincolnBD.pdf. Contact: Keith Harrison pcinc@prodigy.net

15. Michigan Authors - Part II . (Madonna University Library 36600 Schoolcraft Rd. Livonia, Michigan). 2 - 3 PM. Author Visit, Book Discussion, Book Sale, and Signing. Jack C. Mason discusses his book: Until Antietam: The Life and Letters of Major General Israel B. Richardson, U.S. Army Program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Website: http://ww3.madonna.edu/library Email Contact: nbagnasco@madonna.edu or by telephone at 734-432-5680.

15. Civil War Seminar and Dinner. (Monroe Boat Club, 7932 Bolles Harbor Dr [N. Harbor Rd], Monroe, Michigan). 6:30 PM. Dr. Jeffrey Charnley of Michigan State University will be addressing the life and career of Michigan's Civil War Leader and Author: General Alpheus Starkey Williams. The dinner, which will be at 7 PM, will feature a choice of entrees including that annual local treat: muskrat in a savory sauce. Directions to the Boat Club can be found on the Internet at http://www.monroeboatclub.org/directions.htm The dinner and program are sponsored by the Algonquin Club International of Detroit and Windsor. Cost will be $25.00 per person (US or Canadian, cash or check) with a cash bar available. Guests are welcome. Reservations can be made by contacting Jim Conway at conway482@sbcglobal.net or by telephone at 313-885-5630. Reservations need to be made by Friday, February 12th.

17. Presentation: The Underground Railroad Movement in Michigan. (Farmington Community Library Main Library Auditorium 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd. Farmington Hills, Michigan). 7:00 – 8:45 PM. Carol Mull, author of The Underground Railroad in Michigan, will discuss the state’s role as a network of escape for freedom seekers. Mull, a historic preservationist and Underground Railroad scholar, is a founding member of the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission. Website: http://www.farmlib.org Email Contact: eref@farmlib.org or by telephone at 248-553-0300.

19. Drill: 7th Michigan School of Instruction for Officers and NCOs (White Pine Academy, 510 Russell Street, Leslie, Michigan) 10am - 4pm.
The school will be open an hour before drill begins so we can begin promptly at 10:00. Lessons will concentrate on basic maneuvers and formations taken from Casey’s School of the Company, School of the Battalion, up to and including some Brigade Evolutions. Instruction will concentrate on positioning and movements of Corporals up through Colonels within the different evolutions. In addition to basic maneuvers, we will be practicing Dress Parade, basic guard mount, Color Company and Color Guard, basics of skirmishing, etc. Mark Heath will be incorporating bugle signals into our movements throughout the day. Brother units from throughout the state (or from out-of-state if they wish to come) are invited to attend. All ranks are invited participate (to include privates) but realize this is for the benefit of NCOs and Officers. All attendees should wear their uniform with current rank; bring their rifle, accouterments, and SOFT-SOLED SHOES. Contact: Tom Emerick tomjoanemerick@hotmail.com

22. FREE Civil War Seminar - Austin Blair: Michigan's Civil War Governor, (Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 West Grand Ledge Hwy (M-43) in Sunfield, Michigan). 7 PM. The Lansing/Sunfield, Camp #17, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will kick of the Civil War Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War by sponsoring the next in their series of FREE Civil War History Seminars. The topic of the presentation will be Austin Blair, Michigan's Civil War Governor. The bronze statue of Austin Blair stands boldly in front of the Capitol in Lansing, just as it has for over 100 years. But, although tens of thousands of visitors stream past every year, few pause to wonder who he was or why his statue enjoys such a prominent location. Austin Blair's statue occupies place of pride (his is the ONLY statue honoring an actual person ever allowed on Capitol lawn). The presenter will be well known Capitol Historian Kerry Chartkoff. In 1987, she began working on the restoration of the State Capitol. She also served as Executive Director of the Michigan Capitol Committee, the legislative-executive body charged with the restoration and maintenance of the Capitol. In 1992, she successfully nominated the Michigan State Capitol as a National Historic Landmark. In 1999, she was recognized as the recipient of the Governor John B. Swainson Award (recognizing contributions toward preserving Michigan history) for her work on "Save the Flags." She also curated several exhibits at the Michigan Historical Museum, including in 1996 one on "Rally Round the Flags" and in 2004-2005 one on Capitol artist Tomasso Juglaris. Although recently retired, still holds the title of Capitol Historian, the first to hold that position. She currently co-chairs, with Matt VanAcker, the state’s "Save the Flags" project, dedicated to preserving, researching, and exhibiting the Capitol's collection of Michigan Civil War battle flags. Come join us as Kerry Chartkoff, Michigan's Capitol Historian, leads us on a captivating journey of the important role of Austin Blair, Michigan's Civil War Governor. Website: http://suvcw.org/mi/017/announcements.htm Contact: Paul David Arnold at arnoldsuvcwmi@sbcglobal.net

23. Presentation: The Underground Railroad in Farmington, Michigan. (Farmington Community Library Main Library Auditorium 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd. Farmington Hills, Michigan). 7:00 – 8:45 PM. Rochelle E. Danquah, a Farmington resident and Underground Railroad historian/researcher will discuss Farmington’s role and contribution to the Underground Railroad Movement in Michigan. Danquah is a gubernatorial appointee to the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission, past Director of Education for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and is currently an Adjunct Professor for Wayne County Community College District and Schoolcraft College. She has done extensive historical research on resistance and the abolitionist activism in Southeastern Michigan concentrating primarily on Oakland County and surrounding areas. Website: http://www.farmlib.org Email Contact: eref@farmlib.org or by telephone at 248-553-3228.

26. Dance/Swap Meet: (8th Arkansas /22nd Michigan Military Ball/Swap Meet, Lansing, Michigan). The swap meet is from 10-3, dance 6-11 at the Central United Methodist Church located in downtown Lansing. Karen Dunham and Golden Griffon String Quartet will be providing the music accompaniment. There will be light refreshments, door prizes, 50-50 raffle. Tickets $15/each. Contact: cwsilas@wowway.com

26. Museum Exhibit: Detroit Historical Museum, Underground Railroad Symposium, (5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan). 1 PM -4 PM, $15. This special presentation by the Society’s Black Historic Sites Committee, will feature panelists that will include descendants of William Webb, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Caroline Quarlls Watkins, and others. Local author and former Detroit News columnist Betty DeRamus, whose current book “Freedom by Any Means” tells some of the most compelling stories of the Underground Railroad, will also appear. Our region’s great civil rights legacy began with the Underground Railroad story. With the strength and courage of heroes from both sides of the historic Detroit River, thousands of enslaved people came to this place, known as “Midnight,” to find freedom. Moderator Dr. Roy Finkenbine, Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education at the University of Detroit Mercy. A joint presentation by the Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society, led by Leslie Williams, and the Essex County Black Historical Research Society. Betty DeRamus - author of Forbidden Fruit and Freedom by Any Means, as well as a former Detroit News columnist Historian DeWitt Dykes, Shannon Prince - curator Buxton Historical Site, Irene Moore Davis - executive director of the Essex County Black Historical Research Society, Kim Davis-Tranumn - Adrian College, Kimberly Simmons - president Detroit River Project, chair of the Detroit Historical Society's Black Historic Sites Committee, and a member of the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission. Website: http://www.detroithistorical.org/

28. Presentation: Post Civil War Organizations and the Sesquicentennial. (Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, 501 E. Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing, Michigan). 7 PM. Presenter will be current Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States National Commander-in-Chief and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Past National Commander-in-Chief Keith G. Harrison. The speaker will discuss the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and the Grand Army of the Republic and their influence in the shaping of the United States and also of the other Union and Confederate Veterans and hereditary organizations that followed. In addition, the speaker will discuss the current Michigan efforts in the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration. Presentation will be to the Gleaner Life Insurance Society Capitol Arbor #772. Websites: MOLLUS - http://www.suvcw.org/mollus/mollus.htm and SUVCW - http://suvcw.org/mi/017/017home.htm. Contact: George Roux at georgeroux@comcast.net

28 - June 3. Museum Exhibit: Opening Guns of the Civil War. (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan, 909 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan). M-F, 2 PM-5 PM. Website: http://www.clements.umich.edu/. Contact: 734-764-2347.

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--March--

2. Presentation: From the Words of the Soldiers: The Story of Annie Etheridge, Civil War Nurse (Grand Rapids Public Library - Main Library 111 Library Street NE Grand Rapids MI 49503). 7 PM to 8:30 PM. Presenters will be Bruce and Bernadette Butgereit. One of the most well-know Civil War nurses was Annie Etheridge, a Michigan resident. Of newspaper renown during the war, Annie returned to a simple, quiet life after the war. Her story was told by the soldiers who wrote home telling of her kindness to the wounded, her courage under fire, and her determination to rally the troops. This presentation illuminates the life of this remarkable young woman who served four years with Michigan troops in the role of what today would be called a combat medic. Civil War reenactors Bruce and Bernadette Butgereit will make Annie’s story come alive. Free and open to the public. Website: http://www.grpl.org. Contact: Grand Rapids Public Library Telephone: 616-988-5400.

3. Presentation: Abraham Lincoln in Song (Grand Ledge Opera House at 121 South Bridge Street, Grand Ledge, Michigan). 7PM. Celebrate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's inaugural journey from his home in Springfield, Illinois, to the Executive Mansion in Washington, D.C. Folk Musician Chris Vallillo will be the guest artist. Abraham Lincoln in Song is an historically accurate program using period music Lincoln may well have known and sung, and Lincoln's own stories to illustrate his life and put it into context. The show is designed to be an interactive, accessible, program that educates as well as entertains. It covers Lincoln's life from his birth on the big south fork of Noan's Creek in Kentucky in 1809 through his death in 1865. It has been performed in association with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, The Lincoln Home National Historic site and various touring exhibits. The program has recently been endorsed by the Illinois Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. In addition to the Thursday evening performance, there will be a performance for school children in the afternoon. The program is supported by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Inc. Tickets are $5.00 presale and $7.00 at the door. Students are $3.00. Presale tickets may be purchased at the Opera House, Ace Hardware and MacDowell's Hearth and Flowers, in Grand Ledge. Websites: http://www.gloperahouse.com or http://www.chrisvallillo.com. Additional information may be obtained by telephone at 517-627-1443 or 517-627-5170.

8. Presentation: 19th Century Blogging – What Period Newspapers Can Tell Us About Life Around Detroit During the Civil War (Blue House at Greenmead Historic Village, 20501 Newburgh Road, Livonia, Michigan). 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Bill Christen will be the speaker. Program is part of the Greenmead Historic Village Lecture Series and is sponsored by the 17th Michigan and Greenmead Historic Village. Contact: 248-477-7375.

9. School Program - Birney K-8 School (27225 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, Michigan) Time: TBD. 8th Grade Program. Civilian and Military demonstrations. Program is planned for indoors. Program will be a 2 hours program and probably from noon to close of school day. No Firing Demonstrations (Firearms not allowed on School Property). Bring hard tack samples, great coats, packs, Ladies’ clothing and underpinnings, Men's Civilian clothing, games. Military and Civilian participation encouraged. Contact: Don Everett djkeverett@comcast.net or 517-393-3475

10. Presentation: The Underground Railroad In Michigan. (Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, Michigan). 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Carol Mull, author of The Underground Railroad in Michigan, will discuss her research. Ms Mull is a current and founding member of the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission. Her book represents the first comprehensive exploration of abolitionism and the network of escape from slavery in the state of Michigan. Website: http://www.southfieldlibrary.org/events/calendar-of-events Email Contact: nbeets@sfldlib.org or by telephone at 248-796-4224.

12 . Drill: School of the Company and Battalion (White Pine Academy, 510 Russell Street, Leslie, Michigan) 10am - 4pm. Sponsor: 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company B, Inc. Contact: Tom Emerick tomjoanemerick@hotmail.com

14. Presentation: The St. Albans Raid (St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Administration Building, Auditorium 5305 Elliott Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan). 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Mr. J. Kevin Graffagnino, Director and Curator of the nationally recognized William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan will speak on “”, the northernmost land action in the Civil War, in St. Albans, Vermont. Event is sponsored by the Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table. No contact information provided.

15. Presentation: The Winter of Our Discontent: The Civil War Gets Started (North Berrien Historical Museum, 300 Coloma Ave, Coloma, Michigan) . 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Free public lecture presented by Dr. Chris Paine, Professor of History at Lake Michigan College. Dr. Paine will focus on the southern secessions that started the Civil War in 1861 and President Lincoln’s response to the problem. Was it a coup? A revolution? Neither? No contact information provided.

15. Presentation: Remembering the Civil War – 1886, 1911, 1965 and Today (Lowell Township Hall, 2910 Alden Nash Avenue SE, Lowell, Michigan). 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Civil War historian, Bruce B. Butgereit of Grand Rapids, will share a look back at commemorations of the Civil War in 1886, 1911, 1965 and today. The current efforts to remember Michigan’s role in the Civil War are important for a new generation of youth who may be learning about the War for the very first time. Bruce will be joined by his daughter Bernadette in telling the story of Annie Etheridge, Civil War nurse from Michigan. This free program is sponsored by the Lowell Historical. Contact Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net.

17. Presentation: The Irish in the Civil War (Monroe County Museum [Main Museum], 126 South Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan). 6:30 PM. Learn more about the “fighting” Irish in America. A special program will be given at by Museum Director and Civil War Historian John Gibney. He will present this look at these ethnic soldiers (both North and South) who fought in the Civil War 1861-1865. Everyone has heard of the renowned “Irish Brigade” but just who were these soldiers and what did they do to claim such fame? What famous stories were repeated again and again about the bravery and prowess of the Irish soldier? Director Gibney will give an insightful and colorful program. Pluck some green and join us for what will be a very interesting program. Website: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us. Contact: Chris Kull at 734-240-7787.

19 - 20. Kalamazoo Living History Show (Kalamazoo, Michigan) 9 AM - 5 PM. $7.

20. Presentation: Gen. George Custer Rides Again! (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 South Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan). 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Being Custer” given by well known Custer historian and reenactor Steve Alexander, of Monroe. Mr. Alexander has collaborated with Carlos Andrea, co-owner of the largest miniature figure company in the world, in publishing Mr. Alexander’s book on Custer’s life. This is a companion to the latest figurine “Son of the Morning Star” made by Mr. Andrea’s company. During the program each will tell how they became interested in the Old West, and the life of General Custer. Mr. Alexander’s book will be available for purchase and signing. No contact information provided.

20. Presentation and Book Signing: The Irish in the Civil War (Monroe County Museum [Main Museum], 126 South Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan). 2 PM to 5PM. Join us at the main Museum for a special Custer program and book signing with renowned General Custer historian and reenactor Steve Alexander. Mr. Alexander will present “Being Custer” with Carlos Andrea, co-owner of the largest miniature figure company in the world. Mr. Andrea published Mr. Alexander’s book as a companion to his latest Custer figurine Son of the Morning Star. They will each tell how they became interested in the Old West and General Custer. Mr. Alexander’s book, G.A. Custer to the Little Big Horn” will be discussed. The lavishly illustrated, hard cover book will be available for sale and signing. In the book, Mr. Alexander goes beyond the typical Hollywood stereotype of Custer to bring out more feeling about the man and a three-dimensional approach to his life and times. The main Museum will host this special presentation for one time only. Website: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us. Contact: Chris Kull at 734-240-7787.

23. Presentation: The Underground Railroad Movement in Michigan. (Flint Public Library - Main Branch, General Reading Room, 1026 East Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan). 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Carol Mull, author of The Underground Railroad in Michigan, will discuss her new book. Mull, a historic preservationist and Underground Railroad scholar, is a founding member of the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission. Also to be discussed is the Library’s new photograph project: http://www.fpl.info/fpl/CivilWar/index.shtml . Individuals may submit a Civil War Veteran’s photograph and information by accessing the following: http://www.fpl.info/fpl/CivilWar/application%20for%20photograph.pdf. Website: http://www.fpl.info/index.shtml Email Contact: Michael R. Madden, mmadden@fpl.info or by telephone at 810-232-7111.

26. Regency Exhibition Ball (South Bend, Indiana) PERIOD BALL 1800-1825 DRESS 11am - 3pm Tickets $35.00 after 2-26-2011 ticket cost $45.00. Website: http://www.regencyexhibitionball.com.

29. Presentation: All Dressed Up, Which Way to the Fightin? (Rochester College, 800 West Avon Road, Rochester Hills, Michigan). 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM. The speaker will be Mr. Gary Pike. He is a member of Israel B. Richardson Civil War Roundtable. His presentation will show us how a Confederate infantryman or cavalryman dressed plus what equipment was essential in the field and how it was used. He also promised to “spin a few yarns” as any good soldier would and maybe also have a song or two. Join us for an entertaining and informative presentation, Southern style. Program is sponsored the Israel B. Richardson Civil War Roundtable. No contact information provided.

31. Presentation: The Michigan Soldier’s Aid Society (Monroe County Museum [Main Museum], 126 South Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan). 7 PM. Jody Chansuolme, the City of Wyandotte Director of Museums and Cultural Affairs will discuss the history of the Michigan Soldier’s Aid Society, who made it up, how women were involved, what they did and how successful they were in bringing care and comfort to Michigan troops during the Civil War. Learn more about Michigan’s involvement in the Civil War, and what the civilian population did to help maintain their loved ones, soldiers’ morale, and health. Website: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us. Contact: Chris Kull at 734-240-7787.

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--April--

2. Civil War Trust Park Day (Historical Fort Wayne, 6325 Jefferson, Detroit, Michigan). Start time: 9 AM. Since 1996, the Civil War Trust has sponsored Park Day, an annual hands-on preservation event to help Civil War battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. Activities are chosen by each participating site to meet their own particular needs and can range from raking leaves and hauling trash to painting signs and trail building. The nationwide effort is underwritten with a grant from History™, formerly The History Channel, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a “Take Pride in America” event. Planned Activity: Paint, minor restoration projects on historical homes (43 buildings), remove overgrowth from moat and upper walls of Fort, clean up along fence line for public areas, plant flowers in gardens around Fort property. Websites: Civil War Trust - http://www.civilwar.org/aboutus/events/park-day/, Historic Fort Wayne - http://historicfortwaynecoalition.com/. Contact: Tom Berlucchi at TBERLUCCHI@YAHOO.COM, Telephone: 248-840-5234.

6. Presentation: 4th Michigan Infantry in the Civil War (Historical Museum, McFadden-Ross House, 915 Brady, Dearborn, Michigan). 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Authors, Martin Bertera and Kim Crawford will talk about this remarkable regiment at the center of the Civil War history. The real-life adventure emerges from accounts of scores of soldiers who served in the 4th Michigan Infantry, taken from their diaries, letters and memoirs; the reports of their officers and commanders; the stories by journalists who covered them; and the recollections of the Confederates who fought against them. No charge, donations to the museum accepted. Contact: 313-565-3000.

7. Presentation: American Ulysses: The Journey of General Grant (Gerald R. Ford Museum, 303 Pearl Street Northwest, Grand Rapids, Michigan). 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Lecture by H.W. Brands. Sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford Museum. Contact: 616-254-0400.

7 - 9. Contest: National Civil War Student Challenge In April 2011, HISTORY®, the award-winning cable network, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a global education leader and the world’s largest provider of pre-K–12 educational products and solutions, are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War by inviting all high school students in the United States to participate in a national academic competition – the National Civil War Student Challenge. Over $30,000 in college scholarships will be awarded to top-scoring students, including a $15,000 scholarship to the grand prize winner. The Challenge takes place online from April 7th- 9th, 2011. To learn more about the Challenge, please visit us online at the official National Civil War Student Challenge web site at www.civilwarchallenge.com, where you will find registration information for students, a complete overview of the Challenge (including key dates and the Official Rules), educator resources, and Civil War study preparation for students – including a study guide and practice game. Give your students the opportunity to learn more about this pivotal chapter in American history; encourage them to register today at (Website): http://www.civilwarchallenge.com. Contact: Ben Turk at civilwarchallenge@cegny.com or by Telephone at 212-426-7006.

9. Plymouth Historical Raising of 24th Michigan (155 S. Main Street, Plymouth, Michigan). Website: Civilian/Military http://www.plymounthhistory.org, 734-455-8940

9. Presentation: The Civil War Begins – Paris Township Answers the Call (Kentwood Branch Library, 4950 Breton Road SE, Kentwood, Michigan). 1 – 4 PM. Bruce B. Butgereit and History Remembered Inc. will present Bedrolls & Bonnets at 1:00 PM. This program looks at life during the Civil War – the soldier’s uniform, equipment and food as well as the role of women, their clothing and social etiquette. At 2:30 PM, kids can “enlist” in the 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company K and drill and practice like a Civil War soldier. Each volunteer will receive a “discharge” after the drill session. Visitors will be able to meet Annie Etheridge, Civil War nurse from Michigan as portrayed by Bernadette Butgereit. All can take part in a Civil War scavenger hunt using books and displays set up through the library. Have a Civil War ancestor? The General John A. Logan Camp No. 1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will have a table display and their database of Civil War soldiers buried in Michigan. Sponsored by the Kentwood Historic Preservation Commission. Contacts eamedit@aol.com or civil-war@comcast.net or by telephone at 616-827-3369.

1 - 2013. Exhibit: Michigan and the Civil War: the 150th Anniversary (Heritage Gallery, Michigan State University Museum [located on campus on West Circle Drive, immediately east of Beaumont Tower and just north of the Main Library], Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan). April 12, 1861 marks the anniversary of the date that shots were fired at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, sparking the United States' Civil War. Now, 150 years later, schools, museums, libraries and learning centers will take this time to reflect on this pivotal point in our nation's history. Drawn from the Michigan State University (MSU) Museum's historical collection, the exhibit highlights Michigan connections in the Civil War. Notably, the entire first graduating class of the Michigan Agricultural College (now MSU) was excused before the graduation ceremonies in 1861 so that they could join the Union Army. Another thread: Luther Baker, the man who led the capture of Lincoln's assassin, was a Michigan native who returned to Lansing after the war. Several artifacts relate to Civil War General John G. Parkhurst from Coldwater, Michigan, who spent time in the notorious Confederate Libby Prison. Other artifacts include Civil War uniforms, weapons, camp goods, medical equipment -- including an amputation and surgery kit - Grand Army of the Republic Veterans' mementos, and objects relating to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Although no battles were fought on Michigan soil, Michigan does have a number of compelling ties to the war. The exhibit will convey a sense of daily life from the era. The exhibit is not attempting to tell the whole story of the Civil War and all its battles; rather, with the MSU collection, a flavor is given of what it was like to live through the war either as a participant or as someone on the home front waiting for a friend or relative to return from the conflict. Contact: Val Roy Berryman, Curator of History MSU Museum at berryma2@msu.edu or telephone at 517-355-0322.

12. Presentation: A Distant Thunder: Michigan in the Civil War 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Author Richard Bak discusses his new book. Book sale and signing at the program. (Madonna University Library, 36600 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, Michigan). Contact: 734-432-5703.

12. Presentation: Michigan in the Civil War (Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights, Michigan). 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Presentation will be given by Gleaves Whitney. Michigan in the Civil War, a lecture and visual presentation from Program Source International, will be held Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sterling Heights Public Library Programming Center. This program was developed over a 5-year period by owners Al and Dave Eicher and with the help of 150 Michigan research centers such as libraries, historical societies and individuals, who contributed information and photographs. The presentation includes visits to the many historic sites relating to Civil War events in Michigan and old photos of places where the recruits joined the Union cause. The producer’s television cameras also went to the Harper’s Ferry Arsenal, Gettysburg Battle fields, the Battle of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, the crossing of the Rappahannock River, Petersburg, Bull Run and Fredericksburg. Michigan men and women were there! Today, Michigan has many Civil War reenactment groups which each year set up camps at Old Fort Wayne, Caseville, Huron City, Port Austin and at Jackson, Michigan to name only a few locations. The Jackson event is the largest encampment next to Gettysburg. Nearly 2,300 troops took part in various battles scenes and are featured in this lecture. Contact: Telephone: 586-446-2665.

12. Presentation: The Youngest Nurse at Annapolis; Fond Remembrances (Greenmead Historic Village, 20501 Newburgh Road, Livonia, Michigan). 7:00 PM to 9.00 PM. Speaker will be Ellen Smith. Program is part of the Greenmead Historic Village Lecture Series and is sponsored by the 17th Michigan and Greenmead Historic Village. Contact: 248-477-7375.

12. Presentation: Northville in the Civil War: Co. D 5th Michigan Cavalry . (Mill Race Village, 215 Griswold Ave., Northville, Michigan) 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Speaker will be Dan Pushchell. When President Lincoln issued a call for troops 150 years ago, Michigan responded. Northville sent some of its finest young men to fight in the War of the Rebellion. Follow Co. D 5th Michigan Cavalry from recruitment and training through battles and for the lucky ones, mustering out and a safe return trip home. Discover who these courageous young men were. Learn about the battles they fought and died in. See and hear about the horrors of Andersonville Prison where some of our men were sent after being captured by the Confederates. Mr. Pushchell has done significant research on Co. D. Hear about it from the “horse’s” mouth. Presented by the Northville Historical Society. Admission: Donations appreciated. Reservations: Northville Historical Society. Website: http://www.millracenorthville.org or by telephone at 248-348-1845.

14. Presentation: The Spirit of Abolition in Southfield, Michigan - 1850-1865. (Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, Michigan). 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Rochelle E. Danquah, Underground Railroad historian and gubernatorial appointee to the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission, will discuss Southfield's contribution to the Underground Railroad movement. Website: http://www.southfieldlibrary.org/events/calendar-of-events Email Contact: nbeets@sfldlib.org or by telephone at 248-796-4224.

14. Presentation: Sixteen Summer Days: General Custer Meets the Wolverines, June 28-July 14, 1863 (Ellis Reference and Information Center, 3554 S Custer Rd, Monroe, Michigan). 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Speaker will be Historian, Dave Finney . On June 29, 1863, 23-year old George Armstrong Custer was promoted to Brigadier General and assigned to command the Michigan Cavalry Brigade. These Michiganders were engaged in constant and severe fighting during the Gettysburg Campaign. They suffered more than 500 casualties from the battlefield at Hanover to the concluding fight at Falling Waters. Mr. Finney, will provide insight into the reactions of the enlisted men and officers toward the leadership qualities of young Custer during his initial introduction to and command of the famous Michigan Cavalry Brigade. Sponsor: Monroe County Civil War Round Table. Contact: 734-241-5277.

14. Presentation: Considering Antietam with Hat in Hand (Gerald R. Ford Museum, 303 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan). 7 PM. Antietam National Battlefield Park Ranger and former Grand Rapids resident, Mannie Gentile, brings historical perspective, his daily familiarity with the ground, his sense of humor, and something new in the field of Civil War historiography - a degree of humility, to his analysis of the Battle of Antietam. The September 17, 1862 Battle of Antietam is characterized by several things including great carnage, great confusion, and great pronouncements by historians on how the battle "should have" been fought. Ranger Gentile tells the story of the battle of Antietam with an eye to the great influence terrain, circumstance, and simple human frailty had in what has become forever known as "America's bloodiest day. Co-sponsored by Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids Historical Society and the Grand Rapids Civil War Roundtable. Website: http://www.grhistory.org/id19.htm.

14 - 17. Medich Battalion Drill (Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit, Michigan). Contact: John McIntosh 248-543-3388

16. 55th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony (Springfield, Illinois). Sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Parade to and Wreath laying at the Tomb of Abraham Lincoln. Website Information: http://suvcw.org/mollus/oldsave/2011lincolntomb.pdf. Contact: Keith Harrison pcinc@prodigy.net

16. Presentation: Jackson and the Civil War (Jackson District Library, Carnegie Branch, 244 West Michigan Ave., Jackson, Michigan) 2:00 PM. Presenter will be Past Camp Commander Bill Lowe of the Jackson, Michigan Austin Blair Camp 7 of Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and Graves Registration Officer Emeritus. The speaker will discuss Jackson in 1860 - 1861 and its importance in planning and organizing troops for the impending war. The militia unit The Jackson Grays became company B of the First Michigan Infantry, which was Michigan’s first regiment to respond from any state west of the Allegany Mountains. They joined other militia units from Michigan in Detroit, uniforms were hastily made, and they were fully equipped when they began their journey to Washington less than four weeks after Ft. Sumter was fired on. Hearing of their arrival President Lincoln reportedly made his famous remark, “Thank God for Michigan.” Soon after the Battle of Bull Run most of the unit returned home and were discharged August 7th. This presentation is sponsored by the Jackson District Library, Carnegie Branch. Contact: Bill Lowe at suvmibill@comcast.net.

16 - 17. Allegan Civil War Weekend: Exhibit, Cemetery Grave Tour, and Concert (113 Walnut St, Allegan, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM both days. The Allegan County Historical Society (ACHS) and other local organizations will do a weekend Civil War related event. The ACHS has accumulated items from local area. The “Old Jail” Museum will be open Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM for this special exhibit. General Benjamin D. Pritchard’s Colt Service Revolver and other items will be available for showing. There will be a Cemetery Walking Tour at 1:00 PM on Saturday by the ACHS. Several other groups will have events after the Museum closes at 4:00 PM on both days including Civil War music and displays at the Grizwold auditorium on Sunday night. For information and cost of admission contact: Email Contact: oldjailmuseum06@yahoo.com or by telephone at 269-673-8292.

1 - February 5, 2012. Museum Civil War Exhibit: Plowshares into Swords, (Michigan Historical Museum, 702 West Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, Michigan). In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the Michigan Historical Museum has created Plowshares into Swords, a special exhibit exploring how the war changed Michiganians' lives. When Michigan joined the Union in 1837, it was an agricultural state whose citizens were opposed to slavery. The decades leading up to the war saw Michiganians developing the copper, iron and timber resources around them, and strengthening their antislavery voice by founding the Republican Party. Then, the firing on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, tore the nation in two. In the first confusing and turbulent years of the war, Michigan faced issues of how to recruit, finance and equip soldiers. Meanwhile, communities and individuals responded to the call for people on the home front to join in the war effort. Plowshares into Swords features rich personal stories and period artifacts, including a changing array of rarely displayed Michigan Civil War flags. You will leave the exhibit with a better understanding of the experiences and feelings of real Michigan soldiers and families as the nation settled into the four-year-long war. There will be special activities and programs throughout the run of Plowshares into Swords. Our April 16 opening event features a Civil War encampment with drills, cannon firing, fashion show, and campfire cooking. Michigan Historical Center contact: 517-373-6362. State Website: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-54463_54464_40016-251621--,00.html.

16. Michigan Historical Center Civil War Sesquicentennial Opening Ceremonies (Lansing, Michigan). Reenactors, Living Historians, genealogy groups, Civil War Roundtables, and library and museum staff throughout the state have been invited to participate in the opening ceremonies for the Civil War Sesquicentennial. The Reenactor/Living Historian portion of the program is to be held on a 1-1/2 city block size green space located just west of the State of Michigan Library/Museum. Set-up will begin on Friday (April 15, 2011) after 3:00 in the afternoon. Spectator hours are from 9:00-4:00 on Saturday April 16, 2011. Amenities include porta-johns, porta-water, bottled water (for drinking/cooking purposes), and firewood. The Museum indoor facilities will be available for use on Friday before 5:00 and during spectator hours on Saturday from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. The 7th Michigan is co-hosting the Reenactor portion of the event with the Michigan Historical Center. The Reenactor/Living Historian portion of the program is to be held on a 1-1/2 city block size green space just west of the state of Michigan Library/Museum. In addition to the outside events, the new state Civil War Museum exhibit, From Plowshares to Swords, will be being exhibited at the Michigan Historical Center/Museum from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is free.

7th Michigan contact for outside reenactor activities is Tom Emerick tomjoanemerick@hotmail.com or (517) 669-5607.
7th Michigan contact for the Michigan Library/Museum display activities is Bruce Butgereit civil-war@comcast.net or (517) 669-5607.
Michigan Historical Center contact: (517) 373-6362.
State Exhibit Website: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-54463_54464_40016-251621--,00.html. The Michigan Historical Center (Library/Museum) is located at 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, Michigan.

20. Presentation: Leading to Civil War (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 South Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan). 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Presentation will be given by Civil War historian and museum Director John Gibney. The topic will be on the main factors leading up to the start of the Civil War- slavery, politics, states’ rights and more. During April, 150 years ago, the American CiviL War started with the shots at Fort Sumter- what events led up to this moment? Come to the museum for this special presentation as part of the Sesquicentennial series of programs. Contact: Telephone: 734-240-7780.

20. Presentation: Post Civil War Organizations and the Sesquicentennial. (Old County Courthouse, 100 W. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte, Michigan). 7 PM. Presenter will be current Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States National Commander-in-Chief and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Past National Commander-in-Chief Keith G. Harrison. The speaker will discuss the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and the Grand Army of the Republic and their influence in the shaping of the United States and also of the other Union and Confederate Veterans and hereditary organizations that followed. In addition, the speaker will discuss the current Michigan efforts in the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration. Presentation will be to the Eaton County Genealogical Society. Websites: MOLLUS - http://www.suvcw.org/mollus/mollus.htm, SUVCW - http://suvcw.org/mi/017/017home.htm, and Eaton County Genealogical Society - http://www.miegs.org/. Contact: Sher Brown at sbrownsf2@gmail.com.

21. Presentation: Civil War Sesquicentennial (The Alumni House & Visitor Center, One Campus Drive, Allendale, Michigan). 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM. The Grand Valley State University Local History Roundtable will host a meeting open to the public and local history organization with the theme being the Civil War Sesquicentennial. There will be three presentations, Alex Forist, Grand Rapids Public Museum on its Collection; Sandra Clarke, Director of the State of Michigan Historical Center on the Civil War Sesquicentennial in Michigan, and Bruce Butgereit, Commander of the Michigan Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, Past Department Commander of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Executive Director of History Remembered, Inc. on Keeping Green the Memory - Post-Civil War Legions, Armies, and Orders. Website: http://www.gvsu.edu/localhistoryroundtable/. Contact, Email: tuckerv@gvsu.edu or Telephone at 616-331-3692.

21. Presentation: Harbor History Talk - Company K 1st Michigan Sharpshooters (2nd Floor, Harbor Springs History Museum 2nd Floor 349 E. Main St. Harbor Springs, MI 49740) 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. This oft forgotten group has been described as the largest American Indian company serving with the Union armies east of the Mississippi. Eric Hemenway from the local Odawa tribe has been working on repatriation of remains of Company K soldiers. As the nation commemorates the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War in 2011, we hope you will join us to learn more about our northern connection—the soldiers of Company K. Light refreshments will be served. Website: http://www.harborspringshistory.org/index.php?. Contact: Mary Cummings, Executive Director Harbor Springs Area Historical Society at info@harborspringshistory.org, Telephone: 231-526-9771. Admission is $3 per person and free for HSAHS members.

21 – September 5. Exhibit: Discovering the Civil War at Henry Ford Museum . (Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, Michigan). 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Prepare to explore the most extensive display of Civil War records ever assembled from the incomparable holdings of the National Archives, as The Henry Ford presents little-known stories, seldom-seen documents and unusual perspectives with Discovering the Civil War, May 21 - September 5. Inside Discovering the Civil War, visitors will be able to consider and ask questions about the evidence; listen to a wide variety of voices; and make up their own minds about the struggle that tore apart these United States. And for the first time, Discovering the Civil War will be presented as one seamless exhibition in Henry Ford Museum. Admission to the museum is free with membership or $15 adults, $14 senior (62 and up) and $11 youth (5-12). Children four and under are free. For more information, visit http://www.thehenryford.org or call 313-982-6001.

26. FREE Civil War Seminar - Michigan Engineers & Mechanics, (Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 West Grand Ledge Hwy (M-43) in Sunfield, Michigan). 7 PM. The Lansing/Sunfield, Camp #17, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War continue the commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War by sponsoring the next in their series of FREE Civil War History Seminars. The topic of the presentation will be Michigan Engineers and Mechanics in the Civil War. The Michigan Engineers served in the western theater during the Civil War and played a critical role in the Union victory. My Brave Mechanics covers their service in depth, including key roles in transportation, communications, and fortifications. The talk also chronicles the struggle between regular and volunteer Army engineers, as well as how the Michigan Engineers held their own when engaged as infantry. My Brave Mechanics traces the history of this little known unit, revealing its substantial engineering accomplishments as well as its combat experience. Although the regiment was charged primarily with engineering work, it also saw substantial combat action and was frequently targets of confederate guerrillas and bushwhackers. The presenter will be Mark Hoffman. Hoffman is currently Marketing & Outreach Division Chief for the Department of Natural Resources and earned a B.A. from Michigan State University. His book, My Brave Mechanics, The Michigan Engineers and Their Civil War, was recognized with a State History Award by the Historical Society of Michigan in 2007. The book also was selected as one of the 20 Michigan Notable Books of 2008 by the Library of Michigan. My Brave Mechanics is the culmination of more than 20 years of research on the subject and draws heavily on soldier letters, diaries, and other wartime primary sources. Website: http://suvcw.org/mi/017/announcements.htm. Contact: Paul David Arnold at arnoldsuvcwmi@sbcglobal.net

30. Civil War Battle Flag Adoption (Historic Fort Wayne 6325 West Jefferson, Detroit, Michigan). 1 PM. Adoption ceremony of the original Battle Flag of the 1st.Michigan Colored Infantry (later the 102 US Colored Troops), which has been restored. Contact: James B. Pahl jbpahl0824@yahoo.com

30 - May 1. Fever of '61: Mustering the 1st Michigan (Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 West Jefferson, Detroit, Michigan). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m (Saturday and Sunday). The Event features re-creation of Formal Muster to US Service, 102nd USCT Flag Dedication Ceremony, Union Infantry and Artillery Drill, Army Cooks preparing meals for the men, and Post Sutler (Civil War era PX). Historical Gift Shop open. Guided tours available. Secured Parking available - $5 per car. Adults - $3 Kids under 12 are Free. Website: www.historicfortwaynecoalition.com/muster.html. Event Contacts: Tom Berlucchi - tberlucchi@yahoo.com or Will Eichler - will@historicfortwaynecoalition.com.

30 - May 1. Spring into the Past Living History (Tri-River Historical Museum Network, Portland, Michigan) Starting at 9 AM each day. Website: http://www.ioniahistory.org/tri-river-group.html. Contact: Ann Rademacher 517-647-2231

30. Formal Civil War Spring Ball (Masonic Temple, 45 East Chicago St, Coldwater, Michigan) Guests to be thirteen and over, dressed in Civil War period attire. 7pm - 10pm Music by Glen Morningstar,Jr and the Ruffwater Stringband. Finger foods and beverages served. Tickets: $15.00 by mail, $20.00 at Door. Contact: Carol Bavin 517-279-7184, sbavin007@hotmail.com

30. Fund Raising Dinner for a Proposed Monroe County Civil War Casualties Monument (Monroe VFW Hall, 400 Jones Ave., Monroe, Michigan). Doors Open at 5:30 PM with dinner starting at 6:00 PM. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 drawing and a dinner presentation entitled: Norman Hall and Fort Sumter, the Beginning. Also there will be live period music provided by Jubilee. Tickets are $20 each and are available through the Monroe County Historical Museum (126 S. Monroe St., Monroe, Michigan 48161-2233). The Monroe County Civil War Monument Committee and AMVETS Post #1942 are sponsoring the fund raising dinner for the proposed Monroe County Civil War Casualties Monument to be dedicated between 2011 and 2014 in downtown Monroe's Soldiers and Sailors Park. Contact: David Ingal at dcicw@yahoo.com, Telephone: 734-240-7780. Website: http://mcmcws.wordpress.com

30. Civil War Candlelight Tour (Troy Museum & Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road at Livernois Road, Troy, Michigan). Tours begin at 6:45 PM. Experience a walk through history and meet Senator Jacob Howard, a grieving widow, an insurance salesman of the 1860s or a postmaster and his family. The Vintage Strings will provide a soothing background of dulcimer music as you traveling through the various sites. Reservations are required for this event so call early. The tours begin at 6:45 and last approximately one and a half hours. You will need a ticket for your particular timed tour. $10.00 per person. Contact: Telephone 248-524-3570 to reserve a tour time.

30. Civil War Show (Mansfield, Ohio) - 10 AM-5 PM. $5.

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1. Presentation: Civil War Musician-1865 (Northville District Library 212 W. Cady Street Northville, Michigan). 4 PM. Pvt. Michael P. Deren, from the 101st Michigan Volunteer Infantry, presents life as a soldier-musician in the Union Army. He shares the humor, pain and excitement of the war years through song, playing a saxhorn, bugle, fife and concertina. Mike has been presenting interpretive history programs throughout the Midwest and East since 1985 and presents 125-150 programs annually. His programs are historical, musical, educational and audience-involving. Sponsored by the Northville Genealogical Society. Website: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mings. Email Contact: richpats@hotmal.com or by telephone at 734-595-7806.

7. Dedication Ceremony: Sign for Soldiers’ Cemetery (Oakhill Cemetery, 647 Hall St. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan). 1 – 4 PM. The General John A. Logan Camp No. 1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will dedicate a new sign sponsored by History Remembered, Inc. The first death of a soldier training at Cantonment Anderson for service in the 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry occurred in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 8, 1861. The U.S. Army purchased a section of the Oakhill Cemetery for burial of Joseph Proper and others. These four lots (18’x20’ each) eventually included sixty-six soldiers and was enclosed with a white picket fence to distinguish it from the rest of the cemetery. In 2008, after extensive research, the Champlin Corps No. 41, Woman’s Relief Corps; the City of Grand Rapids, and the General John A. Logan Camp No. 1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War dedicated 13 new headstones for soldiers previously marked as “Unknown” and eight rededications for headstones that were replaced because of the effects of time. This dedication will take place one-day short of the 150 years that have passed since the death of Joseph Proper. Contact: Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net or by telephone at 616-827-3369.

7. Exhibit and Presentation: The Civil War – A Sesquicentennial Exhibition (Cascade Gallery, 2840 Thornapple River Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan). 1:30 – 3:00 PM. Bruce B. Butgereit and History Remembered Inc. will present Bedrolls & Bonnets at 1:30 PM. This program looks at life during the Civil War – the soldier’s uniform, equipment and food as well as the role of women, their clothing and social etiquette. This program is in conjunction with a special Sesquicentennial Exhibition on Civil War art, prints, and more sponsored by the Cascade Gallery. Contact, Email at cascadeartgallery@sbcglobal.net or by Telephone at 616-949-4056.

7. Cemetery Program: Native American Soldiers to be Honored - Finally! (Maple Lawn Cemetery, Boyne City, Michigan). 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM. In 1907, two old veterans of the Civil War were buried in Maple Lawn cemetery at Boyne City without either gravestone or ceremony. Their graves lay unmarked for over one hundred years – until they were discovered by Chris Czopek, a member of the Lansing/Sunfield Curtenius Guard Camp #17, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW). Research at the State Archives in Lansing showed these were no ordinary soldiers – they were Native Americans recruited to be Sharpshooters during the Civil War. They served in Company K of the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters. One man was from the Swan Creek – Black River band of Ojibwe (Chippewa) Indians. He was twice wounded in action. The other veteran was an Odawa (Ottawa) who grew up in the woods of Northern Michigan. His father had enlisted in Company K and died at the infamous Andersonville prison camp. When news of his death reached home, his son enlisted in the army. He seemed determined to take his fathers place on the battle line. He arrived in time to help break the siege of Petersburg and capture the Capitol of the Confederacy. When the members of Robert Finch Camp #14 of the SUVCW heard these stories, they resolved to give those men the honors they missed in 1907. First, gravestones were ordered from the government, same style as they would have received back then. Next, on Saturday, May 7, at 1:30pm, Camp 14 will gather at the cemetery and honor the veterans with the traditional GAR Ceremony that was performed over the graves of many veterans at the turn of the century. In this way, the men will receive all the honors they should have received back in 1907. The Sons of Union Veterans invites everyone with an interest in Civil War history or Native American history to join them in Boyne City on May 7. The Traditional GAR Ceremony is rarely seen these days! Historians and Civil War Reenactors from around the state are expected to be there. The families of the two veterans have been contacted, and they will attend the ceremony as Guests of Honor. Website: Civilian/Military http://RedOak1863.homestead.com.

12. School Program (Ovid-Elsie School, 8989 Colony Rd. Else, Michigan) Noon - To end of school day
8th Grade Program. Civilian and Military demonstrations, firing demonstration, and student firing. Program is planned for outdoors. Bring hard tack samples, great coats, packs, Ladies' clothing and underpinnings, Men's Civilian clothing, games. Military and Civilian participation encouraged. Contact: Don Everett at djkeverett@comcast.net or 517-393-3475.

12. Presentation: The Michigan Experience. (Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, Michigan). 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Rodney Brown, historian and filmmaker, will present and discuss his new film, The Michigan Experience - The American Civil War Years. The film examines Michigan's contributions to the Union cause by using the words of the soldiers, leaders, and citizens of the time. Included is an exploration of the role-played by the soldiers of the 102nd Regiment United States Colored Troops (the former 1st Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry, colored). Website: http://www.southfieldlibrary.org/events/calendar-of-events Email Contact: nbeets@sfldlib.org or by telephone at 248-796-4224.

13. School Program ( Brandywine Senior High School, 1700 Bell Rd, Niles, Michigan) The Brandywine High School History Club in co-operation with the 5th Annual Brandywine Civil War Muster will host over 500 local Elementary and Middle School Students from South Western Michigan and Northern Indiana on Friday morning May 13th. Local students will be able to tour the camp and meet the re-enactors. The camp will be split up into sections where the students will learn various, “day in the life” lessons from the re-enactors. These lessons range from Federal Infantry, Confederate infantry, Civilian Life, how they cook their food, roll their tobacco, load and fire their rifles, and an artillery demonstration. This is a great opportunity for students and re-enactors alike. Take advantage of this beautiful piece of property set on 70+ acres full of wildlife with walking trails, a secluded wilderness camp, surrounded by woods, a pond, and a creek. Please consider pledging the weekend of May 13-15 to the Brandywine Civil War Re-enactment. This has been a great event for the last 4 years and we would love to see it grow and prosper. All proceeds of the event go to local school programs, athletic teams, and not for profit organizations. Contact: Shawn Low 574-876-6374 ShawnLow@lllow.com [See map].

13 - 15. 5th Brandywine Civil War Reenactment (Brandywine Senior High School, 1700 Bell Rd, Niles, Michigan) Battle of Shiloh (7th Michigan/Cumberland Guard’s Major Keith Harrison -Union Overall). The Reenactors will be provided three meals over the weekend. The meals are free of charge. All that is asked is a good will donation for your meal. The meals will be prepared and served by Brandywine High School Athletic teams. All donations will go directly to those athletic teams. The meals will be prepared and passed out at the main building by the pond. Saturday morning there will be a Waffle and Sausage Breakfast. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 until 9:00 am. Saturday evening there will be a Pulled Pork and Baked Bean Dinner. Dinner will be served from 5:00 until 6:30 PM. Sunday morning there will be a Waffle and Sausage Breakfast. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 until 9:00 am. All Waffle Mix and Waffle Irons for preparing the Waffles were donated by New Carbon Company, Inc. All Pork for the Pulled Pork BBQ and the Breakfast Sausage were donated by Jeff Lowery, Lowery Meat & Grocery. Reenactors will enter at the School Entrance. (as in years past). The Camp EXIT is in the NORTH WEST corner of the Camp. Proceed to Re-Enactor Parking in the field SOUTH of the Battlefield. Parking EXIT is back out through the ENTRANCE. The parking is on a neighbor's private property, so please leave nothing behind. Also, please keep noise / traffic to a minimum so that we can continue to use this property next year. No hook-up modern camping (on site) and hook up modern camping (1/2 mile from the site) are available for Campers, Trailers, and RVs. Hook-up modern Camping requires registration Event(Spaulding Camp Ground - Reservations: 269-684-1439, Website: http://spauldinglake.com). Event Website (Registration, Waiver form, Information Directions, Photos from previous years events): http://www.nilesbrandywinecivilwar.com/index.html. Contact: Shawn Low 574-876-6374 ShawnLow@lllow.com [See map]

13. School Program at Walker Civil War Reenactment (Walker Tavern Historic Site 13220 M-50 Brooklyn, Michigan) 9 AM - 3 PM. Bring the Civil War alive for your students. Come to Walker Tavern Historic Site on Friday, May 13 for a special program and tour of the Civil War Encampment. Civilian and military reenactors will introduce students to the Civil War through living history demonstrations. Students will tour the Union and Confederate military camps to find out how the soldiers lived, what they ate, what they wore and how they survived. They'll see demonstrations of musket firing skills and students may be recruited to drill with the soldiers. Students will visit civilian camps to learn about daily life in the 19th century. They may find themselves making pies, playing period games, or making bandages for the medics at a field hospital. Students may bring a picnic lunch and should dress for outdoor activities. Reservations required. Cost:$2 per student, teachers and chaperons are free. Website: http://www.michigan.gov/walkertavern. Contact: 517-467-4401 or Email: valentinec@michigan.gov.

13 - 15. Historic Walker Tavern Civil War Muster (13220 M-50 at US -12) Step back in time. Hear the roar of cannons. Smell the smoke. Over 200 reenactors will recreate the sights and sounds of the Civil War May 14 and 15 at Walker Tavern Historic Site. See the Confederate and Union forces exchange musket fire and clash in battles both Saturday and Sunday. Visit the civilian and military camps and stroll through the village to experience what life was like in the 1860s Shop the Sutler's row to purchase items that would have been found in 19th century shops. Play period games. History will come alive for you and your family. Sponsored by the 5th Texas Company E, the USS Michigan Marine Guard, and Walker Tavern Historic Site which is a part of the Michigan Historical Museum System and the Department of Natural Resources. Cost: Daily admission charge is $3 for adults, $1 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and under. Website: http://www.michigan.gov/walkertavern. Contacts: Confederate Coordinator: Mike Ovevnik, micheal.ovsenik@aol.com Union Coordinator: Paul Davis pdmarcomm@aol.com, Civilian Coordinator: Belinda Grier 313-928-1932 or marieptam@gmail.com, Sutler Coordinator: Larry “RED” Fifield Flying_ace@yahoo.com

14. Presentation: Benefit for the Friends of Potter Cemetery (St. Paul United Methodist Church, 201 South Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan) 3 PM – 5 PM. Join us for a Civil War Sesquicentennial program: Honored, Loyal, Brave and True: The Common Soldier of the Civil War on Saturday, May 14th in Monroe. Civil War Historian and museum director John Gibney will present this program as a benefit for the Friends of Potter Cemetery, an Ash Township, Monroe County cemetery which is the final resting place for 6 Civil War soldiers, and a memorial to another, Royal Potter of the 24th Michigan Vol. Infantry who died in Libby Prison, Richmond, VA. A donation admission of $7 is asked. There will be door prizes and light refreshments. Contact: John Gibney John_Gibney@monroemi.org.

17. School Program - Pioneer Middle School (46081 Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth, Michigan) Time: 8 AM – 3 PM. Civilian and Military demonstrations. Reenactors will help middle school students observe their annual Pioneer Day. Students prepare phenomenal displays and living history exhibits. Reenactors will participate in showing the military and civilian life of the Civil War period.. Contact: Guy Purdue westlandoslc@comcast.net or 734-834-0139.

20 - 22. School Program Endevorer Middle School (Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit, Michigan) Historic Fort Wayne & New Haven Schools, Contacts: Carrie Sauer 586-465-2838, School 586-749-3401, Csauer@Nhav.misd.net, Doris Julian 810-793-6739, Juliandoris2@aol.com

20 - 22. Civil War Reenactment (Connor Prairie, Indiana) - TBA

21. 102nd U.S. Colored Troops and U.S. Army Air Corps Dedication. (Jackson County Airport, 3606 Wildwood Avenue, Jackson, Michigan). There will be an unveiling of stained-glass windows showing black soldiers who fought in the Civil War. At the same time there is also going to be an unveiling of a bronze statue of a pilot who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Second World War. The 3-by-4-foot stained glass windows were designed by George Manupelli, founder of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and constructed by Melanie Hamilton. The bronze statue will be 8 1/2-feet tall and is being made by Kalamazoo sculptor Joshua Diedrich. It is based on a 15-inch statue made by Jack LaZebnik. Contact: George Brown at brown3geo@yahoo.com or Bob Lazebnik at 517-529-4265.

21 – 22. Michigan Department of the Allied Orders of the Grand Army of the Republic Annual Encampment (Convention) (Great Lakes Christian College, 6211 W. Willow Hwy, Lansing, Michigan). Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Daughter of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Woman’s Relief Corps, Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic and Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War annual meetings. Website: http://www.suvcwmi.org/. Contact: Don Shaw p31713@aol.com

22. Presentation: The Zoauves – Fighting Men of the North and South (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 South Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan) 2 PM – 4 PM. As part of the Monroe County Historical Museum’s Civil War Sesquicentennial series, join us on Sunday, May 22nd at 2:00 p.m. for a special program by John Gibney, Civil War historian and museum director. His topic is of special interest- the Zoauves, unique fighting men of the North and South armies. Learn what units were developed, lore of their battles, and their unusual uniform. The program is free and open to the public. Contact: John Gibney John_Gibney@monroemi.org.

22. Presentation: Life During the Civil War (Ada Township Assembly Hall, 7330 Thornapple River Dr., Ada, Michigan). 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Bruce B. Butgereit and History Remembered, Inc. will present Bedrolls & Bonnets. This program looks at life during the Civil War – the soldier’s uniform, equipment and food as well as the role of women, their clothing and social etiquette. Contact Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net or by telephone at 616-676-9346.

22. TEMPORARILY CANCELLED - MAY BE RESCHEDULED Civil War Cemetery Tour (Woodland Cemetery, Leslie, Michigan). The Leslie's Woodlawn Cemetery has veteran's from many CW units, including: 7th MI Inf Co B; 6th MI Inf, 12th MI Inf, 24th MI I Inf; 26th MI Inf, 1st. MI Sharpshooters; Mi Mechanics and Engineers; and most if not all of the Mi Cav units, Mich Light Artillery, New York Heavy Artillery, Merrill's light horse (Missouri); and both the 102nd US Colored Inf, and the 54th Mass. Inf. The tour would ideally feature reenactors to represent as many of these units as possible. If possible, we would like to incorporate a mock funeral as well, which would give us about a 2-hour program. Contact: Steve Hainstock c1873@sbcglobal.net.

23. Presentation: Michigan in the Civil War (White Lake Township Library, 7527 Highland Road, White Lake, Michigan) 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Remember Michigan History Week and the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with Al and Dave Eicher from Program Source International. More than 150 Michigan research centers, historical societies, libraries, and individuals contributed information and photographs to produce this audio visual timeline. Music and sounds of Civil War battles from Michigan reenactment events make this a dynamic program. Presented in partnership with the White Lake Historical Society. Website: http://whitelakehistory.org/. Registration requested: 248-698-4942, ext. 2.

24. Civil War Seminar - Michigan Engineers & Mechanics, (Gifford Schultz Education Service Center - CISD, 17111 G Drive No., Marshall, Michigan). 7 PM. The Calhoun County Genealogical Society will be sponsoring the presentation by Mr. Mark Hoffman entitled, Michigan Engineers and Mechanics in the Civil War. The Michigan Engineers served in the western theater during the Civil War and played a critical role in the Union victory. My Brave Mechanics covers their service in depth, including key roles in transportation, communications, and fortifications. The talk also chronicles the struggle between regular and volunteer Army engineers, as well as how the Michigan Engineers held their own when engaged as infantry. My Brave Mechanics traces the history of this little known unit, revealing its substantial engineering accomplishments as well as its combat experience. Although the regiment was charged primarily with engineering work, it also saw substantial combat action and was frequently targets of confederate guerrillas and bushwhackers. The presenter will be Mark Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman is currently Marketing & Outreach Division Chief for the Department of Natural Resources and earned a B.A. from Michigan State University. His book, My Brave Mechanics, The Michigan Engineers and Their Civil War, was recognized with a State History Award by the Historical Society of Michigan in 2007. The book also was selected as one of the 20 Michigan Notable Books of 2008 by the Library of Michigan. My Brave Mechanics is the culmination of more than 20 years of research on the subject and draws heavily on soldier letters, diaries, and other wartime primary sources. Calhoun County Genealogical Society Website: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~micalhou/ccgs.htm.

27. School Program at Vicksburg Middle School (348 East Prairie St • Vicksburg, Michigan). 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. School of Recruitment Students will be taught to march, to load and shoot civil war muskets, taught the artillery drill and other Civil War related activities. Sponsored By Battery D 1st Michigan Light Artillery and Vicksburg Middle School. Email Contact John Clark at JClark@aol.com or by telephone at 517-741-5903.

27 - 29. Coldwater Civil War Days (Branch County 4H Fairgrounds, Coldwater, Michigan) Friday School Day 8:30am to 2:30pm. Friday Steam Train ride to pick up President Lincoln ($10 Adults, veterans and students under 18 FREE). Everyone needs a ticket and must get them before the event. Band Concert at stations on return. Saturday and Sunday Cemetery tours; Crafts; Musical Entertainment; Vintage baseball; 1860's School house lessons and games; Ladies tea and Fashion Show; 1860's wedding; Museum and artifacts. Church service. Free meal for registered reenactors on Sunday. Bathrooms and showers, wood, straw, hay, water available for re-enactors. Website: http://www.civilwardays.webs.com Contact: Carol Bavin at sbavin007@hotmail.com or by telephone at 517-279-7184

27 - 30. Greenfield Village Civil War Remembrance (Dearborn, Michigan) – TBA

28. Annual Mount Hope Cemetery Memorial Day Program (Soldiers Lot, Mount Hope Cemetery, corner of Mt. Hope and Aurelius Roads, Lansing, Michigan) 11:00 AM. Annual Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War ceremony at the Grand Army of the Republic Soldiers’ Lot. In 2007, the GAR lot was completely restored with the monument and flag pole cleaned and repainted, respectively, and all the gravestones cleaned and straightened. The SUVCW Lansing/Sunfield Curtenius Guard Camp #17 has been conducting this annual ceremony since 1984. Contact Paul David Arnold at hockeyboy121@sbcglobal.net.

29. Annual Memorial Day Program (Brethren Church, 8436 W. Grand Ledge Hwy, Sunfield, Michigan) 9:30 AM. Each year the Sunfield Helen Edwins Tent #30 of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War holds the Memorial Sunday Service. Contact Paul David Arnold at hockeyboy121@sbcglobal.net.

30. Woodland Township Annual Memorial Day Program (Woodland Township Cemetery, M-43, ½ mile from corner of M-43 and Main, Sunfield, Michigan) 3:00 PM. The township honors every veteran from the Revolutionary War to present that is buried in the cemetery. Contact Paul David Arnold at hockeyboy121@sbcglobal.net.

30. Memorial Day Program (Welsh Cemetery, Sunfield, Michigan). 6:15 PM. The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Lansing/Sunfield Curtenius Guard Camp #17 will be conducting a gravesite ceremony honoring Sergeant Samuel Grinnell, namesake for the Grand Army of the Republic Hal #283 in Sunfield, Michigan. The ceremony will be followed by a short meeting of the SUVCW Camp at the GAR Hall in Sunfield. Contact Paul David Arnold at hockeyboy121@sbcglobal.net.

30. Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade (Royal Oak, Michigan) Confederate Impression Only. Contact: John McIntosh 248-543-3348

30. Rededication Ceremony: Memorial Boulder and Bronze Tablet (Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan) 4:30 PM. In 1929, the John A. Logan Woman’s Relief Corps dedicated a bronze tablet on a boulder at the then Michigan Soldiers’ Home. In the 1970s, when the original building was torn down and replace with new facilities, the tablet was removed from the boulder and placed in concrete behind the new Home. Over time, that too fell victim to time and the abuse of lawn mowers. Rescued a number of years ago, the Allied Orders of the Grand Army patiently waited to find a new boulder in order to place the tablet on. On May 30, 2011, the Allied Orders of the Grand Army of the Republic based in Grand Rapids (the Champlin Corps No. 41, Woman’s Relief Corps; Eva Gray Tent No. 2, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865; and the General John A. Logan Camp No. 1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War) will rededicate the restored tablet on a boulder as part of the Memorial Day activities at the Home. The Home was established in 1886 for the veterans of the Civil War. The new boulder rests in a restored grotto just to the north of the Home. Contact Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net or by telephone at 616-827-3369.

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3. Sesquicentennial Civil War Concert - Dodworth Saxhorn Band (Capital Lawn, Lansing, Michigan). The 7 PM to 8:30 PM FREE Concert will be held on the Michigan Capital Lawn. This will be the first in a series of 5 concerts, one per year of the Sesquicentennial with each one tied to Civil War events that took place 150 years earlier. Should the weather not cooperate on the 3rd, the Concert will take place instead on Sunday, June 5th 2 PM to 3:30 PM. Sponsored by the Friends of Michigan History, Inc. Contact: Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net or Tom Truscott at tom.0506@hotmail.com.

3 - 5 . Civil War Encampment (550 Lake Drive Lapeer, Michigan). Contact: Dennis Spiekerman 989-674-2115, Dspiekerman@yahoo.com

5 Annual Jackson Rose Parade (Jackson, Michigan). The parade steps off at 1:00 P.M. sharp. The parade route is from the corner of S. Jackson/Greenwood to Fourth Street ending at the Middle School at Parkside. Staging is on W. Wesley/W. Franklin/Mason (starting at 11:00 a.m.). Website: http://www.jacksonrosefestival.org/parade.html.

7. FREE Civil War Seminar - First Person Pesentation of the Military Carreer of 1st Sergeant George T. Patten, 6th Regiment Michigan Volunteer Cavalry , (Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 West Grand Ledge Hwy (M-43) in Sunfield, Michigan). 7 PM. The Lansing/Sunfield, Camp #17, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War continue their promotion of the Civil War Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War by sponsoring the next in their series of FREE Civil War History Seminars. The seminar will be based on his book, Oh Hast Thou Forgotten. The author, dressed in period Civil War attire replicating the uniform of his ancestor, 1st Sergeant George T. Patten, steps into his character and talks about his service in the 6th Michigan Cavalry Regiment during the Gettysburg Campaign. Published in 2008, the story of Oh Hast Thou Forgotten begins in the summer of 1862 in Kent County, Michigan and it ends with the close of the Gettysburg Campaign in mid-July 1863. It is the story of George Thomas Patten, a young husband and father who enlists in the 6th Michigan Cavalry Regiment and wrestles with his conscious over what could and will be his part in defense of the Union in the Civil War. He also worries over his father’s anxiety, who fears for the life of his only son and who has grown weary of burying many young West Michigan men under the sod in local cemeteries. Richard Hamilton is a retired General Motors Corporation manufacturing engineering manager who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, and Master of Science degree in industrial management. He is a former professor of engineering technology at Western Michigan University and director of technology at Ferris State University. He is a member of the Lansing/Sunfield Curtenius Guard, Camp #17, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the Sons of the American Revolution, and is currently a Mayflower Society candidate. The author and his wife, Ruth Ann, retired to Arizona in 1999. On a personal note, his wife’s mother, Virginia (Hoover) Roberts was born in Sunfield and lived the majority of her life in Ionia and Eaton Counties. Website: http://suvcw.org/mi/017/announcements.htm Contact: Paul David Arnold at arnoldsuvcwmi@sbcglobal.net

9. 102nd Regiment US Colored Troops Reenactors Encampment . (Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, Michigan). 4:00 – 7:00 PM. History buffs of all ages are invited to visit the 102nd Regiment United States Colored Troops Re-enactors encampment to get a firsthand look at life for black soldiers during the Civil War. Be sure to make time to attend the Save the Flags program during your visit.. Website: http://www.southfieldlibrary.org/events/calendar-of-events Email Contact: nbeets@sfldlib.org or by telephone at 248-796-4224.

9. Presentation Save the Flags (slides and lecture). (Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, Michigan). 4:30 – 6:00 PM. Matthew Van Acker, Michigan State Capitol Tour and Information Director and Co-Chair of Save the Flags, will discuss the effort by concerned citizens to preserve Michigan's military battle flags. Emphasis will be placed upon the Civil War collection and the importance of the flags in battle using photos, regimental histories, and the personal stories of individual soldiers. Be sure to make time to visit the 102nd Regiment United States Colored Troops Re-enactors Encampment on the Library lawn following the program. http://www.southfieldlibrary.org/events/calendar-of-events Email Contact: nbeets@sfldlib.org or by telephone at 248-796-4224.

10 - 12. 3rd Annual 15th Michigan Muster (Lexington, Michigan). Hosts 15th Michigan, Company B and 8th Arkansas. Event in the Village of Lexington. Fashion Show, Street Skirmishes, Living History, Firearm Demonstrations. Sponsored by the Village of Lexington Parks and Recreation Committee and the Lexington Business Association. Contact: John Bednarz Jeb324@comcast.net

10 - 12. Days of the Civil War at Gordon Hall (8341 Island Lake Road, Dexter, Michigan). Host: Dexter Area Historical Society and Museum. Military and civilian encampment including a quartermaster wagon's setup will be established on the grounds with artillery fire and period bands playing. Flag sewing, minstrel music, a "reading of the role," meals and tea will be available, including a Judge Dexter and Millicent Dexter look-alike contest. A look-alike of President Abraham Lincoln will give an address on the front porch of Gordon Hall Saturday, in addition to a Mary Todd Lincoln impersonator accompanying him to an evening fundraising dinner for the historic property. Civil war historians will look in the official war records for visitors' relatives to determine if participants have a civil war vet or other participant in their family trees. Mock Gordon Hall "mortgage burning" and closure ceremony. Website: http://www.dextermuseum.org. Contact: Donna Fisher at donnadlf@gmail.com or Jennifer Colby at jennifercolby@hotmail.com

10 - 12. Infantry March, 3rd Michigan. Contact: Dave Taylor 616-772-6108

10 - 12. Paw Paw Civil War Muster (Paw Paw, Michigan). Contact: Steve Brigoni 269-657-2891

11. Historical Sign Dedication: Cantonment Anderson -Civil War training area (Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Building, Corner of 110 Hall St. and Jefferson Ave., Grand Rapids, Michigan). 11:00 AM. The General John A. Logan Camp No. 1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will dedicate a new historical interpretive sign on the site of Cantonment Anderson, the first training grounds in Grand Rapids during the Civil War. This ceremony will be two-days shy of both the 150th anniversary of when the 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry left Grand Rapids for the front and 100 years when the Sophie de Marsac Campau Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated an inscribed boulder on the same site. The new sign will tell a more complete story of the grounds and explain the inscriptions on the original boulder. Contact Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net or by telephone at 616-827-3369.

11. Civil War Grave Rededication (Mt. Rest Cemetery, East Steel Street, St. Johns, Michigan). 1 PM. The George W. Anderson Camp No. 58 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will be honoring William R. Howland, the last Civil War veteran to be buried in Clinton County in a re-dedication ceremony. Contact: Ray Lake, Commander, at rlake88@sbcglobal.net or Telephone at 517-349-1893.

17. Civil War Muster (Fayette, Ohio). Contact: Deny Whiting Dswhiting@netzero.net

17 - 19. Will Carleton’s Poor House Civil War Days 2011 (Will Carleton's Poor house, 180 Wolcott Street, Hillsdale, Michigan). Hosts: 18th Michigan Company A, 2nd Maryland, Company C, and the Hillsdale Historical Society. Cemetery Tour, Military Drills/Demonstrations, Artillery Drills/Demonstrations, Battles, Skirmishes, Tactical Battle, Medical Scenario/Living History, Evening Music and Dance. Contact: Bill Smith at bmbdasmith@aol.com.

21. Musical Presentation: Dodworth Saxhorn Brass Band at the Vicksburg, Michigan Historic Village (Vicksburg, Historic Village, 300 N Richardson St, Vicksburg, Michigan). 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM. The Vicksburg Historical is sponsoring a very special band concert to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The Dodworth Saxhorn Brass Band will perform at the Vicksburg Historic Village on Tuesday, June 21 beginning at 5:30 with a march through downtown and a concert at 6:30 on the grounds at 300 N. Richardson Street. The concert is free and the public is encouraged to bring a picnic basket and chairs or purchase a box meal from the Historical Society, the event’s sponsor. Young people will enjoy the music and the cakewalk too. The concert is underwritten by the Vicksburg Community Foundation and the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation. Contact Sue Moore at 269-649-2453 for further information.

20 - 22. Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln (Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, Michigan) 7 PM on the 20th through 6 AM on the 22nd. The Emancipation Proclamation is going to be part of a blockbuster new Civil War exhibit opening at the Henry Ford in Dearborn. The document will be given a place of honor in the Henry Ford Museum. The museum will be open around the clock while the Proclamation is on display. There will be live music and choirs and readings and soldiers and lanterns. And admission will be free, around the clock. Brian James Egen (a Civil War expert at the Henry Ford) indicated that it is going to be treating it as a vigil.. This is such a national treasure that they want to share it with as many people as possible. ” It’s a document that changed American history. Issued on January 1, 1862, the executive order from President Lincoln declared that All persons held as slaves within any State….shall be then, thenceforward and forever free. Contact: Telephone: 313-982-6001. Website: http://www.thehenryford.org/events/emancipationProclamation.aspx.

25 - 26. Civil War Train Raids at Hesston Steam Museum (Hesston Steam Museum CW, 1201 E 1000 N, La Porte, Indiana) 11:30 AM – 5 PM both Days. Scripted train raiding on Saturday and Sunday. Authentic military camps. Living history. On site working vintage steam power equipment. All scales of trains will be running. Participants over age 16 must submit a registration form. Dependents under age 16 must be accompanied by a legal guardian and be included on the guardian’s registration. Restrooms are modern and portable. No showers available. Firewood, water and straw are provided. Complimentary train tickets are available at time of registration. Each registered participant will receive a ticket for a Saturday night meal. There will be no sutlers available! There is one on site food vendor during the museum’s operating hours. Modern camping is available, but no hook ups. Contact: Brian Skrabutenas-Event Mgr., 11500 Holiday Drive, New Buffalo, Michigan 49117, Telephone: 708-301-1058. steamlocoengr@comcast.net. Website: http://www.hesstonvolunteers.com.

25 -26. Huron Valley Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration (Milford, Michigan). SATURDAY: 11:00 am: Opening Ceremony with President & Mrs. Lincoln, 5th Michigan Regimental Band, Civil War Re-enactors, Custer and Soldiers, Sons of Union Veterans, American Legion Post 216, Am Vets, Masons and Knights of Columbus. All Day in Central Park: Demonstrations, Displays, Children’s games, Story Tellers, Musicians, Civil War Enlistments and drills, Baking Contest, 4:00 pm: 1861 Civil War Era Wedding Central Park. Historical Oak Grove, Highland and West Highland Cemeteries: Honor the Civil War Veterans and learn about the lives of the veterans who are interred in these cemeteries. Stories of the Regiments, displays and photos. President Lincoln speech. 7:00 pm: Civil War Ball. To prepurchase tickets please call 248-807-1204.
SUNDAY: Sunrise: Service at Milford Central Park. 8am – 12pm: Pancake breakfast with Lincoln at Milford Fire Hall on Huron Street, Milford, MI. $5.00 donation for adults and $4.00 donation for children. To prepurchase tickets, please call 248-807-1204. All day in Central Park: Demonstrations, Displays, Children’s games, story tellers, President & Mrs. Lincoln appearances, Musicians, Civil War re-enactments, etc. SAVE THE FLAG – Regimental Flags and their preservation. Stories about the Regiments and the men who saved the flags. Historical Oak Grove, Highland and West Highland Cemeteries: Honor the Civil War Veterans and learn about the lives of the veterans who are interred in these cemeteries. Stories of the Regiments, displays and photos. President Lincoln speech. Ice Cream Social – with Mrs. Lincoln – fashion, gossip and the life of Mrs. Lincoln. Contact: 248-807-1204.

26. Log Cabin Day (4286 Watson Road, Sodus, Michigan) 1 PM – 5 PM. President and Mary Todd Lincoln will be present. The annual Log Cabin Day in Michigan is on the last Sunday of June, sponsored by the Log Cabin Society of Michigan. On December 9, 1986, the Michigan Legislature passed a resolution proclaiming Log Cabin Day on June 28, 1987 for the Sesquicentennial. On that day there was a tour of seven Berrien County log cabins along with four other Log Cabin Day events in the state. Because of public response, the Legislature passed a bill to make Log Cabin Day annual, signed by Gov. James J. Blanchard on June 15, 1989. As recorded in the Statutes of Michigan: "The last Sunday of June of each year shall be known as 'Log Cabin Day.' Michigan is the only state which has an annual statewide log cabin festival. Of the hundreds of log cabins which have been on the annual Log Cabin Day parade since 1987, at least seven were built before 1840. The Log Cabin Society of Michigan was incorporated on October 23, 1988 to sponsor this event and to discover, preserve, and promote log cabins in Michigan. An award of merit was received in 1991 from the Historical Society of Michigan. Similar events will be taking place at an additional 105 log cabins all across Michigan. For information and locations on the above event or any of the other 105 events, consult http://www.qtm.net/logcabincrafts/brochure2011.htm. Contact: E-mail: logcabincrafts@qtm.net. Website: http://www.qtm.net/logcabincrafts

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1 - 4. White Pine Village (Ludington, Michigan). Contact: James Newkirk Jamesynewkirk@hotmail.com

8 - 10 . Civil War Days (Historic Fort Wayne 6325 West Jefferson, Detroit, Michigan). (CANCELLED due to damage from storm). Website: http://historicfortwaynecoalition.com/cwdays.html Contacts: Doris Julian 810-793-6739, Juliandoris2@aol.com, Tom Berlucchi 248-840-5234, Tberlucchi@yahoo.com.

8. School Program: School of the Soldier (Grand Rapids Public Library, Main Branch, 111 Library St. NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan) 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Bruce B. Butgereit and History Remembered Inc. will conduct a School of the Soldier program for youngsters age 5-18. Each soldier will “enlist” into the Third Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company K, receive some instruction from the officer of the day, drill with a blank wooden musket, and then receive a discharge paper to take home as a memento of their time in service. Contact Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net or by telephone at 616-827-3369.

15 - 17. Charlton Park Civil War Muster (2545 S. Charlton Park Rd., Hastings, Michigan). Hosted by Battery D, 2st Michigan Light Artillery, 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company B, 24th Michigan, 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry, 8th Michigan Medical, 5th Kentucky, and Barry County Parks. Confederate and Union Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery units. Shop on Sutler Row, play parlor games, Two Battles. Admission is Adults $6.00, Kids $3.00 ages 5 - 12 years, 4 and under are free. All Reenactors are requested to Pre-Register at no charge, postmarked no later than June 17, 2011. The on-site registration fee is $10.00 per reenactor. Reenactors can reserve buildings for use throughout the weekend. Website and registration form/information at http://www.charltonpark.org/news_events/special_events.html. Reenactors can reserve buildings for use throughout the weekend. Contact: John Clark JClarkjp@aol.com

21. Presentation: The Origins of the American Civil War Flag Staff Eagle (Monroe County Museum [Main Museum], 126 South Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan). 6:30 PM. Learn more about the fighting Irish in America. A special program will be given at by Mr. Dennis Wynn. Mr. Wynn has been collecting for some time the large, spread wing golden eagles that were once perched at the top of military battle flags. He is currently sharing some of his collection with visitors to the museum during the Civil War Sesquicentennial. He has done extensive research into the history and origins of the eagle flag finial, going back to Roman times, right up to its height in the American Civil War. A one-time admission fee will be charged, which will also the visitor free repeat entrance anytime for 2011. Pay once and admission is free for the rest of the year. The museum has two floors with Civil War era displays for the Sesquicentennial exhibit.. Regular hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with admission being $4 per adult, $2 per child, 5 years and under free. Website: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us. Contact: Shawna Mazurat shawna_mazur@monroemi.org or Telephone: 734-240-7780.

22 - 24. 150th Battle of Bull Run (Manassas) National Event (Manassas, Virginia)
Uniform: If possible, all of the Cumberland Guard participating in the anniversary event will be wearing civilian hunting style shirts for the event. We will be portraying a militia company unit in the Eastern battle wearing the same style/color shirt.

Camping: A summary of the website FAQ indicates there is no designated area for authentic Civilian nor Modern Camping. You can park your modern camper in Reenactor parking but cannot put out furniture or awnings. Neither fires nor tent camping is permitted in Reenactor parking. As to Civilian authentic camping, it appears that they may be permitted on the outskirts of the military camp. It is suggested that Civilians keep their tentage and equipment down to a minimum. Also, since the authentic civilians will be associated with the military camp, most military rules and regulations will be applicable to the civilian camp.

Registration: Individuals will need to send in a check for $20 per participant AND a signed Reenactor/Waiver Form [150 Manassas Waiver Release Form] in order to officially register and receive a confirmation. Be forewarned, registration and payments are non-refundable/non-transferable. Reenactor registration closes June 1, 2011 or upon sell-out, whichever occurs first. Website for Registration: http://www.visitpwc.com/reenactment/. Cumberland Guard Contacts: David Shackelford, dave.shackelford@frontier.com, Keith Harrison pcinc@prodigy.net

29 - 31. Fort Wilkins State Park Civil War Encampment (Copper Harbor, Michigan) 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Host: 1st Michigan Lt. Arty, Batt. D. The roar of the cannon will once again rebound across Lake Fanny Hooe during a Civil War encampment at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park. Battery D, 1st Michigan Light Artillery, a Civil War-era living history group, will pitch camp at the fort for the weekend to recreate the volunteer artillery unit organized at White Pigeon in 1861. The group will interpret army life during the Civil War period, demonstrating artillery drills, cooking techniques and soldiers’ pastimes. Website: http://batteryd.com. Telephone: 906-289-4215.

30    Concord Civil War Days (Paddock-Hubbard House, 317 Hanover St., Concord, Michigan) 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. A living history encampment is being hosted by the City of Concord. Amenities include firewood, water, modern restrooms, an area for authentic camping, and the possibility of a meal. The event is being held on 3 acres of property in town. Set-up begins Friday after 5:00 P.M. Saturday activities are from 10:00-5:00. The patriotic program starts at 1:00. There will be drill, demonstrations, and a small skirmish. Along with your Union uniform, please bring a Confederate uniform if you have one. The event is rumored to be a laid back event with promises of having some fun and educating the public. You can camp until Sunday morning if you wish although the program is held only on Saturday. No registration is required. Contact is Mark Heath at mdheath525@yahoo.com Telephone: 517-764-1885.

30. Civil War Remembrance Tours: Metro Detroit (The Park Shelton, 15 E. Kirby, Detroit, Michigan). 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM. Discover southeast Michigan’s vibrant history through our narrated bus and walking tours or our published driving tour guidebooks. Designed to appeal to local residents and out-of-town visitors, our tours embrace various themes of the American experience and reveal the prominent role southeast Michigan and its people played in shaping our Nation’s history. Metro Detroit Civil War Tours feature Civil War sites of interest including Fort Wayne, historic Elmwood and Woodmere Cemeteries, the final resting places for hundreds of Civil War soldiers including several famous generals and medal of honor recipients as well as prominent politicians of this era including Senator Jacob Merritt Howard, who co-authored the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Contact: Website: http://hometownhistorytours.com. Karin Risko at k_risko@yahoo.com or telephone at 734.642.5712.

30. Presentation: Michigan Women in the Civil War (Michigan Historical Museum, 702 W. Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, Michigan). 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Discover the variety of roles women played during the Civil War. As you tour our galleries, you can meet and talk with four historical figures from Michigan’s past: Laura Smith Haviland, abolitionist; Melissa Wells, farm wife; and Annie Etheridge, nurse.. Contact: Sandra Clark at ClarkSS@michigan.gov.

31. Civil War Remembrance Tours: Monroe County and More (Tour departs from parking lot at Elm and Monroe Streets, Monroe, Michigan). 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM. Discover southeast Michigan’s vibrant history through our narrated bus and walking tours or our published driving tour guidebooks. Designed to appeal to local residents and out-of-town visitors, our tours embrace various themes of the American experience and reveal the prominent role southeast Michigan and its people played in shaping our Nation’s history. Regional Civil War tour wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Monroe, Michigan -the adopted hometown of Civil War hero General George Armstrong Custer, the “boy general” who led the acclaimed Michigan Cavalry Brigade in a charge against Jeb Stuart’s men in what’s often called “the cavalry battle that saved the Union. Contact: Website: http://hometownhistorytours.com. Karin Risko at k_risko@yahoo.com or telephone at 734.642.5712.

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6. Musical Presentation: Dodworth Saxhorn Band (Shain Park, 556 W. Maple Rd, Birmingham, Michigan). 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. At nearby Shain Park, the Dodworth Saxhorn band, will help us commemorate local soldiers lost during the Civil War. In period uniforms and playing original instruments, this sought-after 17-piece band will both inform and entertain the audience regarding the everyday experience of marching soldiers leaving Michigan for the front. Then the band will march to the museum to continue their performance of Civil War era music, while audiences can dance or enjoy Ray’s Ice Cream cones. And, for those who get into the spirit and wear period costume OR bring a HOME-MADE 32 Star Civil War era flag, the ice cream is on us! Meanwhile, children can explore old fashioned games and story telling. For those who want to see our well received Civil War exhibit featuring Birmingham soldiers and citizens, the museum will be open to the public during the event. Admission to the museum is FREE for kids that day; adult admission is $5, and seniors, $3. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Birmingham Historical Museum & Park and the Baldwin Public Library. Contact: Website: http://www.ci.birmingham.mi.us/index.aspx?page=501 or call 248-530-1928 for more information.

6. CANCELLED, NEW DATE WILL NEET TO BE DETERMINED Dinner and Presentation: The Michigan Experience: The Civil War Years (Westwind Milling Company, 8572 Silver Lake Road, Linden, Michigan). 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM. RSVP before July 25, 2011. Enjoy an historic 1861 Dinner at Westwind Milling Co., starting at 6 pm. Visit with several historical figures from the Civil War while you dine as Americans would have during this time. The menu will consist of all local and/or organic Michigan foods, prepared in a style appropriate to the era. Then, at 7:30 pm, we will transport you to the Argentine United Methodist Church, just across the street, to be the very first to view the premiere of this fascinating film. The film examines Michigan's role in the Civil War and the impact it had on its outcome and on the people of this state. Everyone in attendance at the film gets a copy of the new DVD, as well! The Michigan Experience: The Civil War Years, presented by iMichigan Productions, will be aired publicly for the first time on Veteran's Day, 11/11/11, on PBS affiliate, WKAR-Lansing. The timing of the film is in honor of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. We thought it appropriate to hold this fundraiser at our Mill, one of Michigan's Historic Sites one that had been milling flour for 25 years by the start of the Civil War. Cost: $50 per person. Contact: Website - http:// www.imichiganproductions.org or Telephone - 810-735-9192.

6. Presentation: Drums of the Civil War (Michigan Historical Museum, 702 W. Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, Michigan). 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Learn About the Tough, Vital Role of Civil War Drummer Boys. Find out how Civil War drummer boys of the 102nd U.S. Colored Troops lived, the dangers they faced, and why their role was so important. Geoff Blair and Jonathan Williams, both members of the 102nd U.S. Colored Troops reenactors demonstrate Civil War drum signals that accompanied commands and military drills. Some Civil War drummers were young men under the age of 16 who left the safety of their homes—eager to join the cause but too young to fight. Contact: Sandra Clark at ClarkSS@michigan.gov.

6 - 7. Civil War Days (Sanilac County Museum, Port Sanilac, Michigan). Civil War Days will take place on the grounds of Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum amidst vintage buildings to give an authentic look. The event will include Union and Confederate Encampments, Skirmishes, Artillery, Notable Persons, and a Grand Ball. Port Sanilac Civil War Days Event Website: http://portsanilaccivilwardays.vpweb.com/default.html, Additional websites: Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum: http://www.sanilaccountymuseum.org and Port Sanilac, Michigan: http://www.portsanilac.net .

12 - 14. Milford Days Civil War Encampment (317 Union Street, Milford, Michigan). Hosted by 9th Kentucky (Confederate). Artillery Drill, Infantry Drill, Skirmishes, Children's Drill/Muster Ceremony, Fashion Show, US Military Personnel Memorial Service, Night Artillery Firing. Contacts: Joan Spiroff nsprioff@comcast.net, Gordon Peterson 248-701-5096, Gordon@petersonwarmblood.com.

12, 14, 19, 20, 21. Performance: Shenandoah (EllisLibrary and Reference Center, 3700 South Custer, Monroe, Michigan). 8:00 PM Friday, 2:30 and 8:00 PM Saturday, and 2:30 PM Sunday. The Players Guild of Dearborn, in cooperation with The Henry Ford, proudly presents the Tony® Award-winning musical Shenandoah at the historic Anderson Theater in Henry Ford Museum. This production joins two long-standing Dearborn cultural institutions in celebration of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. It’s North versus South, brother against brother. But widowed farmer Charlie Anderson isn’t about to let any of his boys take sides. That’s no easy task when the family farm is in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Before long, the Civil War surrounds the valley and Charlie is pushed to the limit as his family is pulled into the fray. Based on the classic Jimmy Stewart film, Shenandoah is rich in emotion, heart and humor. This enthralling musical springs to life with stirring anthems, gentle lullabies and exhilarating dance. Through joy, sorrow and turmoil, this great musical reminds us that it’s the strength of family that matters most. Ticket prices are $18 for general admission seating. Tickets will also be available at the box office each night of the show. Website: http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org or call 313-561-TKTS.

13 - 14. Civil War Exhibit (Paine-Gillam-Scott Museum, 106 Maple Street, St Johns, Michigan). Noon – 4:00 PM. The Paine-Gillam-Scott Museum will be highlighting its Civil War Exhibit along with artisans, Civil War Reenactors, and will have all three buildings open for tours. Several Civil War Reenactors from the George W. Anderson Camp #58, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, will be on Museum grounds both Saturday and Sunday. Artisans will include wood carvers, quilters, and a wool spinner. Website: http://www.pgsmuseum.com. Telephone 989-224-2894.

19 - 20. Petoskey Stones Speak: 2011 Civil War History Tour (Greenwood Cemetery, 111 Greenwood Street, Petoskey, Michigan). 19th – 6:30 PM, 20th – 1 PM. There are 195 veterans of the Civil War interred in Greenwood. Some of these men carried the scars of war with them to their grave; some barely saw any action while one man fought in over 60 battles. Some were so young they wouldn't be able to get a driver’s license by today’s standards, and others were well into their 40s. One man and his family were in Texas when the rumors of war were flying and Union sympathizers who were dodging the draft into the Confederate Army were being hung. There were many men that spent time in Confederate prisons including Andersonville. There will be a book available and also a DVD of the actor’s presentations. Tickets will go on sale on April 1, 2011. They may be obtained from the Cemetery Office. Cost is $10.00 per person. You must register in advance as we have limited room available. The ticket fee is non-refundable. Additional information may be obtained by visiting the website at http://greenwoodcemeterymi.web.officelive.com/default.aspx or calling 231.347.6531.

20. Civil War Remembrance Tours: Metro Detroit (The Park Shelton, 15 E. Kirby, Detroit, Michigan). 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM. Discover southeast Michigan’s vibrant history through our narrated bus and walking tours or our published driving tour guidebooks. Designed to appeal to local residents and out-of-town visitors, our tours embrace various themes of the American experience and reveal the prominent role southeast Michigan and its people played in shaping our Nation’s history. Metro Detroit Civil War Tours feature Civil War sites of interest including Fort Wayne, historic Elmwood and Woodmere Cemeteries, the final resting places for hundreds of Civil War soldiers including several famous generals and medal of honor recipients as well as prominent politicians of this era including Senator Jacob Merritt Howard, who co-authored the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Contact: Website: http://hometownhistorytours.com. Karin Risko at k_risko@yahoo.com or telephone at 734.642.5712.

21. Civil War Remembrance Tours: Monroe County and More (Tour departs from parking lot at Elm and Monroe Streets, Monroe, Michigan). 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM. Discover southeast Michigan’s vibrant history through our narrated bus and walking tours or our published driving tour guidebooks. Designed to appeal to local residents and out-of-town visitors, our tours embrace various themes of the American experience and reveal the prominent role southeast Michigan and its people played in shaping our Nation’s history. Regional Civil War tour wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Monroe, Michigan -the adopted hometown of Civil War hero General George Armstrong Custer, the “boy general” who led the acclaimed Michigan Cavalry Brigade in a charge against Jeb Stuart’s men in what’s often called “the cavalry battle that saved the Union. Contact: Website: http://hometownhistorytours.com. Karin Risko at k_risko@yahoo.com or telephone at 734.642.5712.

26, 27, & 28. 27th Annual Jackson, Michigan Cascades Civil War Muster - The Largest Civil War Muster in the Midwest (Cascades Falls Park, 1401 S Brown St, Jackson, Michigan). Free to the public, but donations appreciated. Battles Saturday & Sunday ((150th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Bethel Church, Virginia - June 10, 1861), Expertly narrated Battles (Battle at 2 PM each Day), Cavalry Demonstrations, Artillery Demonstrations. Union and Confederate Military Camps (Infantry, Artillery and Cavalry), Authentic Civilian Camps, Union and Confederate Company and Battalion Drills, Civil War Period Medical Surgeons, Nurses, and Embalmer, Medical Scenarios, 10 – 15 Full Scale Cannons, Civil War Period Fife and Drum and Band Music, Large Military Ball Saturday night, Night Artillery Firing. Special Impression Area - Village of Harrisonville (a Civil War period Community), which includes Christian Commission, Period Civilians, a fully operating Period United States Post Office, Barber, Politicians, Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, Governor Austin Blair, Military and Civilian Church Services, Social Clubs, Emerald Peacock, Debates on the War, Period Artesians, and much much more. Special Presentations throughout the weekend. Large area of Civil War Period Sutlers (Merchants). 7th Michigan’s Famous Pig Roast for Reenactors on Saturday night. 1,500 to 2,000 Civil War Reenactors from all over the Midwest and Canada. Historical and hereditary organizations information displays including: Friends of Michigan History Inc., Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 102nd U.S. Colored Infantry. Juried Arts and Craft Show, Food Vendors, Hosts and Sponsors: 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Co. B, Inc., USS Michigan Marine Guard, 1st Michigan Light Artillery, Battery D, 14th South Carolina, Cascades, Inc., Jackson County Parks, and Phil & Barb Tripp, Owners of Tripp's Auto Shop and Collision Center. Reenactor Registration Website: http://www.7thmichigan.us/Jackson_Civil_War_Muster.htm, Cascades Website: http://civilwarmuster.org/. Reenactor Contact: Jeff Verstraete jbvisme@gmail.com. Cascades Contact: Telephone 517-788-4320.

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8. Presentation: Michigan and the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice (Ellis Library and Reference Center, 3700 South Custer, Monroe, Michigan). 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Author JACK DEMPSEY will tell Michigan’s heroic role in saving the Union. The story begins with our state’s rapid response to President Lincoln’s call for volunteers and ends with Lee’s surrender at Appomattox and the Fourth Michigan Cavalry apprehending Jefferson Davis. Mr. Dempsey will include new research into Michigan’s role in the Civil War. Contact: Kevin Shiflet at keshift@aol.com or call 812-361-7491.

10. Presentation: Answering the Call to Duty (Michigan Historical Museum 702 W. Kalamazoo Lansing, Michigan). Visitors to the Michigan Historical Museum on can meet Rick Liblong, author of the book, Answering the Call to Duty: Saving Custer, Heroism at Gettysburg, POW’s and Other Stories of Michigan’s Small Town Soldiers in the Civil War. Liblong will present at 1 p.m. with a book signing immediately following. Told by and from the point of view of the soldiers themselves, the compelling stories of eighteen men from the small Michigan town of Almont before, during and after the Civil War are featured in the book. Contact: Sandra Clark at ClarkSS@michigan.gov.

15. Presentation: Civil War Letters of Michigan Women (Capital Area District Library, 401 S capital Avenue, Lansing, Michigan). 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Michigan State University Professor Emeritus Marilyn Culpepper will read letters from her book, Trials and Triumphs: the Women of the Civil War and All Things Altered. The letters will focus on Michigan women during and directly after the Civil War. Contact: Jesse Lasorda at reoflyingcloud@hotmail.com. Website: http://www.cadl.org. Telephone 517-367-6367.

16 - 18. 7th Annual Mid Michigan Civil War Muster (Deerfield Nature Park, Mt Pleasant, Michigan) Focus to be 1861 in the West. Website: http://www.tenthmichiganinfantry.com, Contact: tenthmich@yahoo.com.

16 - 18. Northville History Victorian Festival (Northville, Michigan) 2 – 4 PM

16 - 18. Van Raalte Farm Civil War Muster (Holland Museum, Holland, Michigan). Free Dinner Saturday Night. Battle both days (First Bull Run/Manassas) and possibly tacticals. Bounties are offered for cavalry and artillery. Website: http://www.hollandmuseum.org, Email: Katie VanDoeselaar: kvandoeselaar@hollandmuseum.org, Telephone: 616-796-3324

17. Commemoration Event: White Swan Cemetery (12 Mile Road [between Wabasis and Ramsdell Roads] in Oakfield Township, Rockford, Kent County, Michigan) 10:00 AM. The General John A. Logan Camp No. 1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and History Remembered, Inc. will conduct a Recognition of Service in the Civil War ceremony. A bronze tablet on the concrete arch at the entrance of the cemetery lists the names of 24 “White Swan boys” who served in the Civil War. Our ceremony will commemorate their (and other Civil War soldiers buried in the cemetery) service and will include presentation of flags, appropriate words, floral tributes, prayer, song and a tour of the cemetery as well as a reading of all the names of those we honor. Refreshments follow. Sponsored by the Oakfield Pioneer Heritage Society. Contact Judy Gager at 616-485-3404 or Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net or by telephone at 616-827-3369.

17. Commemoration Event: Camp Thomson, the Civil War Training Camp (Avondale Cemetery, Chavez Dr, Flint, Michigan). 1:00 PM. The Governor Crapo Camp #145, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will dedicate a bronze table commemorating Camp Thomson, the Civil War training camp for the Tenth Michigan Infantry. Directions: See Cemetery Map . Contact David F. Wallace at david.wallace@comcast.net.

17. Civil War Day (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 South Monroe Street, Monore, Michigan). 10:00 AM. As part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial series, on will be hosting a “Civil War Day” with authors, book signings, and presentations throughout the day. At 10:30 AM, the Museum will be unveiling of a new Civil War George A. Custer guidon display on loan from the Custer family. The authors that will be present include: (1) Marty Bertera and Kim Crawford, have researched and written about the 4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Mr. Bertera having published several books on battles involving this unit. Mr. Crawford is a veteran Michigan newspaper reporter and author of another regimental history. Their most recent collaboration is The 4th Michigan Infantry in the Civil War, gleaned from extensive primary research, telling the story of the soldiers and the unit from formation to disbandment a year after the war ended. It is extensively footnoted, with the latest research; (2) Jack Dempsey, former assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan and author of Michigan and the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice (2011) which presents the story of Michigan and its citizens’ heroic role in saving the Union during the Civil War. From before the war to its conclusion, the book covers soldiers, women, units and contributions made from the state. Mr. Dempsey has a Civil War blog and is involved with the Michigan Historical Commission, Michigan History Foundation and Historical Society of Michigan; (3) Carol E. Mull, a founding member of the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission is a historic preservationist, Underground Railroad scholar, and the author of the book The Underground Railroad in Michigan. Many mid-nineteenth-century citizens of Michigan rose up to protest the moral offense of slavery; they published an abolitionist newspaper and founded an anti-slavery society, as well as a campaign for emancipation. By the 1840s, a prominent abolitionist from Illinois had crossed the state line to Michigan, establishing new stations on the Underground Railroad. This book is the first comprehensive exploration of abolitionism and the network of escape from slavery in the state; (4) Brian J. Egen, also a Monroe native, is a lifelong Civil War reenactor and historian, and has worked at Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford in Dearborn for many years. He was featured with a speaking role in the movie “Gettysburg” and has been involved with films. He is currently Special Programs Manager and Equine Operations Manager at the Henry Ford. He will present a program and documentary he produced for the National Park Service on the battle of Antietam September 17, 1862; and (5) Steve Alexander Monroe’s George A. Custer historian and author will also be present. He now has compiled the book G.A. Custer to the Little Big Horn, an in-depth study of the man behind the controversy. Admission pass is $4 per adult, $2 per child, 5 and under are free. The pass enables paid visitors to come back time FREE for the rest of 2011. Contact: Website - http://www.co.monroe.mi.us. Lynn W. Reaume 734-240-7780.

178. General Custer’s Monroe Walking Tour (Monroe County Historical Museum (126 S. Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan). 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Walk where the General once walked. General Custer’s Monroe takes you back in time on a tour to the historic Monroe, Michigan of this famous General’s era. A few stops on this tour include: the site of the school a young George Custer attended, the watering hole where the mischievous lad allegedly bellied up to the bar astride his horse, the First Presbyterian Church where Custer wed local girl Elizabeth “Libbie” Bacon in what was dubbed “the wedding of the century,” Martin’s Shoe Store (still in business) where Custer purchased his boots, the restored Bacon/Custer home where Libbie resided when she met and married the dashing General and the home they once shared, the First Methodist Episcopal Church where the Custer family attended services and the final memorial service was held to honor the Monroe men killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn, and historic Woodland Cemetery, site of the Custer and Bacon family plots. Welcome to the General’s hometown of Monroe, Michigan. This walking tour is led by none other than renowned Custer living historian Steve Alexander. Proclaimed by United States Congress as the “foremost Custer living historian,” Alexander has appeared as the General in over 20 television docudramas featured on the Arts & Entertainment, Discovery and History channels. Both the Michigan and Ohio Senates have acknowledged him for his lifetime work and portrayal of America’s most controversial military leader. $16 Adult, $12 Youth – day of tour, $14 Adult, $10 Youth – early bird discount valid by phone until 6 PM on Sept 16. Call 734.642.5712 now to reserve your spot. Tour departs from the front steps of the Monroe County Historical Museum (126 S. Monroe Street, Monroe, MI 48161). Tour registration begins 1/2 hour before tour. Contact: Website: http://hometownhistorytours.com. Karin Risko at k_risko@yahoo.com or telephone at 734-642-5712.

17. Civil War Remembrance Tours: Metro Detroit (The Park Shelton, 15 E. Kirby, Detroit, Michigan). 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM. Discover southeast Michigan’s vibrant history through our narrated bus and walking tours or our published driving tour guidebooks. Designed to appeal to local residents and out-of-town visitors, our tours embrace various themes of the American experience and reveal the prominent role southeast Michigan and its people played in shaping our Nation’s history. Metro Detroit Civil War Tours feature Civil War sites of interest including Fort Wayne, historic Elmwood and Woodmere Cemeteries, the final resting places for hundreds of Civil War soldiers including several famous generals and medal of honor recipients as well as prominent politicians of this era including Senator Jacob Merritt Howard, who co-authored the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Contact: Website: http://hometownhistorytours.com. Karin Risko at k_risko@yahoo.com or telephone at 734-642-5712.

18. Civil War Remembrance Tours: Monroe County and More (Tour departs from parking lot at Elm and Monroe Streets, Monroe, Michigan). 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM. Discover southeast Michigan’s vibrant history through our narrated bus and walking tours or our published driving tour guidebooks. Designed to appeal to local residents and out-of-town visitors, our tours embrace various themes of the American experience and reveal the prominent role southeast Michigan and its people played in shaping our Nation’s history. Regional Civil War tour wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Monroe, Michigan -the adopted hometown of Civil War hero General George Armstrong Custer, the “boy general” who led the acclaimed Michigan Cavalry Brigade in a charge against Jeb Stuart’s men in what’s often called “the cavalry battle that saved the Union. Contact: Website: http://hometownhistorytours.com. Karin Risko at k_risko@yahoo.com or telephone at 734-642-5712.

23 - 25. River of Time Living History (Bay City, Michigan), also a 9-23 SCHOOL PROGRAM. Contact: Paul Davis Pdmarcom@Aol.com

23 - 25. New Baltimore Civil War Muster (New Baltimore, Michigan) 15th Michigan. Contact: Tommy S. 313-779-3357, http://www.15thmi.us

23 – 25. Pioneer Festival (Leslie, Michigan) This is a timeline event from 1836 to Present. Parade at 10 AM on the 24th, Street Ball on Sunday the 25th (with Karen Dunnam and Golden Griffon performing from 3 to 6 pm), and if enough reenactors are interested, a small tactical, if feasible. Contact: Steve Hainstock c1873@sbcglobal.net

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--October--

1 - 2. Battle for Turkeyville (Marshall, Michigan) Hosts: 17th South Carolina, 18th South Carolina Artillery, 18th Michigan. Firewood, Modern Camping, straw, sutlers. Website: http://turkeyvillereenactment, Contact: Sarah Slaninka at sarahtoga@hotmail.com or 269-449-2545

7 - 10. Wolcott Mill 2011 (Ray Township, Michigan) 4th Texas Inf. Co E. Website: http://www.4thtexas.org, Contact: John Difatca 586-839-9508

8. Civil War Remembrance Tours: Metro Detroit (The Park Shelton, 15 E. Kirby, Detroit, Michigan). 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM. Discover southeast Michigan’s vibrant history through our narrated bus and walking tours or our published driving tour guidebooks. Designed to appeal to local residents and out-of-town visitors, our tours embrace various themes of the American experience and reveal the prominent role southeast Michigan and its people played in shaping our Nation’s history. Metro Detroit Civil War Tours feature Civil War sites of interest including Fort Wayne, historic Elmwood and Woodmere Cemeteries, the final resting places for hundreds of Civil War soldiers including several famous generals and medal of honor recipients as well as prominent politicians of this era including Senator Jacob Merritt Howard, who co-authored the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Contact: Website: http://hometownhistorytours.com. Karin Risko at k_risko@yahoo.com or telephone at 734-642-5712.

8. Romeo Cemetery Walk> (Romeo Cemetery, 32 Mile Road, Romeo, Michigan). 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The Romeo Historical Society (RHS) and Greater Washington Area Historical Society (WHS) will honor local Civil War soldiers with a Cemetery Walk at the Romeo Cemetery, which is located on 32 Mile Road about 1/2 mile west of Van Dyke. Tickets are $9.00 for the general public and $5.00 for RHS/WHS members, seniors and students. Contact - Website: http://romeohistoricalsociety.org/.

9. Civil War Remembrance Tours: Monroe County and More (Tour departs from parking lot at Elm and Monroe Streets, Monroe, Michigan). 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM. Discover southeast Michigan’s vibrant history through our narrated bus and walking tours or our published driving tour guidebooks. Designed to appeal to local residents and out-of-town visitors, our tours embrace various themes of the American experience and reveal the prominent role southeast Michigan and its people played in shaping our Nation’s history. Regional Civil War tour wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Monroe, Michigan -the adopted hometown of Civil War hero General George Armstrong Custer, the “boy general” who led the acclaimed Michigan Cavalry Brigade in a charge against Jeb Stuart’s men in what’s often called “the cavalry battle that saved the Union. Contact: Website: http://hometownhistorytours.com. Karin Risko at k_risko@yahoo.com or telephone at 734-642-5712.

10. Cemetery Walk: Northville in the Civil War (Oakwood Cemetery, Cady Street, Northville, Michigan). The Oakwood Cemetery Walk focuses on the Civil War and how it affected the lives of the people in Northville, Michigan. It features soldiers and their loved ones all relating an aspect of the Civil War including the prisons, music, hospitals and treatment of the sick and wounded, camp, and much more. Refreshments will be served at the Northville Art House located at 215 West Cady St. next to the cemetery. Information on display about the characters portrayed in the Cemetery Walk. Tickets $10 or $8 for groups of 10 or more, $15 day of event. Contact the Northville Historical Society: 248 348-1845 or Website at http://www.millracenorthville.org.

11. Presentation: Post Civil War Legions, Armies and Orders – A History of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, the Grand Army of the Republic, and the Allied Orders (Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe, N.E. Grand Rapids, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Bruce Butgereit, Commander of the Michigan Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion (MOLLUS), Past Department Commander of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), and Executive Director of History Remembered, Inc., will be the featured speaker. Also part of this evening will be a special presentation of a SUVCW "Real Son” pin to real son of a Civil War Soldier, Harold Becker. Even more special will be the presentation of an original Grand Army of the Republic Consolidated Form A and B – Reports of Adjutant and Quartermaster from 1921 to Mr. Becker. A recent eBay find by SUVCW Camp #1 Junior Vice Camp Commander Tim Kolean, this form was filled out and submitted when Brother Becker’s father, Charles Conrad Becker was the Commander of GAR Post Lyon No. 9 in Chicago. The address on the form was the residence where Brother Becker was born. The program is being sponsored by the Champlin Corps No. 41, Woman’s Relief Corps , General John A. Logan Camp No. 1, SUVCW, the Michigan Commandery of the MOLLUS. Refreshments will be served. Contact: Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net or by telephone at 616-827-3369.

13. Presentation: Orlando M. Poe: Civil War General and Great Lakes Engineer (Ellis Library and Reference Center, 3700 South Custer, Monroe, Michigan). 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Author Paul Taylor will tell the life story of General Orlando M. Poe. Poewas one of the most influential yet underrated and overlooked soldiers during the Civil War. Poe served under several of the war’s greatest generals, including George McClellan and William T. Sherman, who appointed him chief engineer to oversee the burning of Atlanta and Sherman’s March to the Sea. After the war, Poe supervised the design and construction of numerous Great Lakes lighthouses, all of which are still in service. He also was responsible for the design and construction of what would become the largest shipping lock in the world at Sault St. Marie, Michigan. Mr. Taylor received the Michigan 2010 Notable Book Award for his book Orlando M. Poe: Civil War General and Great Lakes Engineer. Contact: Monroe County Civil War Round Table, Website: http://www.monroe.lib.mi.us/civil_war_series.htm.

15. Bus Tour Oakland County in the Civil War (Moses Wisner Home, 405 Cesar Chavez Ave. Pontiac, Michigan). Bus departs promptly at 9:00 AM from the Moses Wisner Home. Donuts & coffee served at 8:30 AM. Return at ~1:00 PM. The Civil War was America’s great national tragedy. It touched every city and hamlet and farmstead in America. And while there were no military engagements within the boundaries of the State of Michigan, there are many physical reminders of the era and people who participated in this monumental struggle. On October 15, 2011, we will host a bus tour to some of these sites in Oakland County. Please join us for the tour – learn more about the Civil War and appreciate the role Michigan and Oakland County residents played in this pivotal event in our nation’s history. Cost: $30 per person. Checks payable to the Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society. Lunch: A limited menu lunch is included at Cowley’s Irish Pub in Farmington. Contact Brian Golden, 248-701-8112.

19 - 21. Conference International UGRR Conference - Celebrating the River at Midnight -The Fluid Frontier: Slavery, War, Freedom and the Underground Railroad (University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 West McNichols Road, Detroit, Michigan). The monuments created by acclaimed sculptor Ed Dwight, were installed and dedicated on the banks of the Historic Detroit River during the “Detroit 300” celebration in October, 2001. The conference sponsors, hosts and supporters seek to again draw attention to the importance of City of Detroit, the Detroit River and the peaceful international relations forged many years ago with our neighbors in Canada. The Detroit River Project and the Essex County Black Historic Research Society will sponsor activities to commemorate the twin sculptures and to recognize the collaborative efforts of Canadians and Americans to the abolition of slavery. Conference Presenters include:
• David Blight, PhD., Director, Gilder Lehman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition, Yale University;
• Kerry Irons, Adventure Cycling Association;
• Karolyn Smardz-Frost, PhD., Project Director, “Breaking the Chains”, an Initiative of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Global Migrations of African People, York University;
• Panel of internationally acclaimed authors of the upcoming volume: “A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Freedom and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland”;
• Kimberly Simmons, President & Executive Director, Detroit River Project;
• Deanda Johnson, Midwest Region Coordinator, U.S. National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program;
• Jeanie Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives, Dept. of Natural Resources, State of Indiana, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology;
• Hari Jones, Assistant Director/Curator, African American Civil War Freedom Memorial Foundation & Museum, Washington, DC;
• Virginia Stanard, University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture/ Detroit Collaborative Design Center;
• Robert Stanton, Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior; former Director, U.S. National Park Service;
• Todd Scott, Michigan Trails and Greenway Alliance and Organizer, Conference UGRR Bike and People Mover Tour;
• Mary Edmond, Reflection Unlimited Owner and Principal Consultant, and Organizer, Conference UGRR Bus Tour.
Conference Registration - Pre-Registration-before Oct 15, 2011: $65. On-site Registration-October 19, at UDM: $75. The conference will include individually priced evening events, such as: Oct. 19-Welcome Reception – $20, Oct. 20- Drinks / appetizers – Mosaic Restaurant / Greektown $20, and Oct. 21- Music Extravaganza: “Jazz at Midnight” at the Virgil Carr Center. This event will feature an exhibition of acclaimed sculptor, Ed Dwight’s work – $25. The conference is being sponsored by the Detroit River Project in partnership with the University of Detroit Mercy and the International UGRR Memorial Monuments Commemoration Planning Committee, as part of a four-day event to mark the 10th anniversary of the UGRR Memorial Bi-National Monuments in Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Send checks to: University of Detroit Mercy, Attn: Dr. Roy E. Finkenbine, Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 4001 West McNichols Road | Detroit, MI 48221 (Please include UGRR in memo line). Contact: finkenre@udmercy.edu or telephone: 313-993-3250 or detroitriverproject@gmail.com or telephone: 313-651-5367.

22. Rededication and Commemoration Underground Railroad Memorial Monuments (Hart Plaza, Detroit, Michigan). 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. International Underground Railroad Memorial Monuments Rededication. 11:00 AM / 1:00 PM, Charles Clark Square on the Historic Detroit River, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Featuring Keynote Speaker – Sculptor, Ed Dwight. Produced jointly by International Underground Railroad Memorial Monuments 10th Anniversary Planning Committee-Detroit & Windsor. Sponsored by the University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit) & Caesar’s Windsor (Windsor) Contact: finkenre@udmercy.edu or telephone: 313-993-3250 or detroitriverproject@gmail.com or telephone: 313-651-5367.

22. Seminar: Eaton County Heritage Conference (Centennial Acres Golf, 12485 Dow Road, Sunfield, Michigan). Seminar: 9:00 AM to Noon, Tour: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. This year's program will highlight Michigan Civil War Soldiers with emphasis on Eaton County after the Civil War. The presenters will include Keith G. Harrison, who will present an overview of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and the Son of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), Chris Czopek, who will provide a discussion on Delta Center Civil War Veterans and the SUVCW's Grave Registration Program, and Ed Adams, who will provide a discussion on post-Civil War Eaton County Railroads. A Tour of the Sunfield GAR Hall and the new Welch's Museum in Sunfield will take place at 1:00 PM immediately following the seminar. The Seminar is being sponsored by the Eaton County Historical Commission and hosted by the Lansing/Sunfield Curtenius Guard Camp #17 of the SUVCW. Lunch will be provided. The cost is $9.00. To register for the event, email: preserve@ia4u.net or call 517-543-6999.

22. 7th Michigan’s Harvest Ball (Central United Methodist Church. 215 North Capitol Avenue Lansing, Michigan)) 7:00 PM. Hosted by the 7th Michigan. Caller is Glen Morningstar and Ruffwater Stringband, $15 in advance/$30 after October 8th. The Harvest Ball will be limited to the first 100 participants. Our intent is to create a ball so incredibly authentic that the only way to experience a more authentic Civil War ball... would be to actually time travel. Tickets: $15.00 per person, $30.00 per person after 10-8. Contacts Linda Williams 517-484-2496, Lansinglinda@comcast.net, Don Everett 517-393-3475, djeverett@comcast.net

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1 - 23    Exhibition: Lincoln - The Constitution and the Civil War (Cooley Brennan Law Library, 330 S. Washington Square, Lansing, Michigan) Daily: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM. The Brennan Law Library at Cooley Law School will be hosting the American Libraries Association traveling exhibition entitled, Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War Exhibition. The exhibition will be housed in the Strosaker Room on the first floor of the Brennan Library. The exhibition will be available for viewing 8am through 8pm daily through November 23. Contact Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net or by telephone at 517-694-9394.

4 -5. Seminar: TONY BURROUGHS: Genealogy in Black & White and Blue & Gray (Prince Conference Center at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan). Friday 6:30 PM – 9:30, Saturday 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM. FRIDAY: VOICES OF FREEDOM: AFRICAN AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN THE CIVIL WAR How often do we hear from Civil War soldiers themselves? Not often. It is especially rare when we hear from African American Civil War soldiers when most were prohibited from reading and writing. African American soldiers did discuss their war experiences. Hear what they said. SATURDAY: GENEALOGY IN BLACK & WHITE AND BLUE & GRAY Spend the day with Tony Burroughs learning about genealogy from beginning to advanced techniques. Learn about researching various records in different cultures and eras, including the tumultuous times of the American Civil War, and how to organize your discoveries. Talks include: THE NATURE OF GENEALOGY, DID YOUR ANCESTOR SERVE IN THE CIVIL WAR?, THE SIX PHASES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY, and CREATING ORDER OUT OF CHAOS. If you wish to attend both Friday evening AND Saturday, the fee is $69.00). This includes Friday evening Light Dessert & Tea/Coffee AND Saturday Deli Delight Lunch and Refreshments. Registration options and full details are available online. Contact and Information - Website: http://www.gotancestors.com/. Don Bryant at president@wmgs.org.

5   Capital City Veterans Day Tribute (Pattengill Middle School, 626 Marshall Street, Lansing, Michigan). 10:00 AM - Noon. The 7th Michigan has been invited to participate in the massing of colors at the Lansing Veterans Day observance. A color guard is needed to participate. Contact Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net or by telephone at 517-694-9394.

5 Annual Detroit Veterans' Day Parade (Detroit Michigan). Staging 8:00 AM, Parade 10:00 AM). The Michigan Department of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) cordially invites all Michigan Civil War reenactors to participate in the annual Detroit Veterans Day parade. For people wishing to stay overnight on the 4th, arrangements have been made with the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition for them to stay at Historic Fort Wayne in the Barracks. Last year, over 60 members from 24 local SUVCW Camps from all over Michigan and 11 Civil War reenactment organizations marched in the parade. The parade is sponsored by the Metro Detroit Veteran's Coalition and is considered an official Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Event. This is a chance to help honor our Civil War Veterans along side of the veterans of America's other conflict. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net.

6. Veterans Day Massing of the Colors (702 W. Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, Michigan) 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. This is sponsored by the Friends of Michigan History, Inc. In addition to the massing of the colors, a patriotic program will be presented. Color Guards are requested. Contact Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net or by telephone at 517-694-9394.

11. Veterans Day Parade (Mason, Michigan) 3:00 PM. American Legion Browne/Cavender Post #148 & Veterans of Foreign Wars Jean R. Anderson Post #7309 representing the County seat at Mason, Michigan has invited all veterans and veterans’ organizations of Ingham County to join with them in an old fashioned Veterans Day Parade in honor of our Country Veterans. Assemble in the east parking lot of the Ingham County Fair Grounds between Ash St and Kipp Rd in Mason starting at 1:00pm. The parade will step off from the County Fair Grounds at 3:00 PM. Scott Shattuck and his Mason Middle School class of Civil War Field Musicians will be leading the troops. The SUVCW DeWitt Camp #58, Jackson Camp #7, and Sunfield Camp #17 also are planning to fill out the ranks. Contact Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net or by telephone at 517=-694-9394.

11  The Michigan Experience: The American Civil War Years (WKAR PBS TV and other Public Television Stations throughout the state) Check you local listings for time. On behalf of the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial History Partners and iMichigan Productions, we are pleased to report that the first of four-part series that focuses on Michigan’s role in the Civil War will air November 11, 2011 on WKAR-PBS and other public television stations across the state. The first film takes a considerable portion of its footage from the 2010 Jackson Cascades Civil War Muster. iMichigan Productions also is in discussions with WNEM-Flint/Saginaw/Bay City News Director Ian Rubin about a commercial version of the show. IMichigan Productions has been fortunate to have major news anchors from all of the Michigan markets (from Marquette to Detroit) participate in this production as hosts introducing various segments of the show. This is really unprecedented in terms of the state's commercial media coming together to support a public television program and offers a great opportunity for cross promotion and programming distribution. The program truly demonstrates Michigan's patriotism and is sure to be a rallying point for citizens today. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net or by telephone at 517-694-9394.

12. Michigan's Second Civil War Sesquicentennial Reenactors Conference (Michigan Historical Center, 702 West Kalamazoo, Lansing, Michigan). 10 AM - 4 PM. In addition to bringing together representatives of all the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial History Partners, the Conference will be used to look at the events being planned for 2012 (a total of 176 Civil War Sesquicentennial events were recorded -thus far - for 2011). The event is again being sponsored by the Michigan Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, Michigan Department of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Friends of Michigan History, Inc., Michigan Historical Center, and History Remembered, Inc. Contact: Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net or Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net.

15. Royal Oak Parade (Royal Oak, Michigan) Federal Impression Only full packs. Contact: John McIntosh 248-543-3388

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7. Civil War Memorial Dedication (Ingham County Court House, 341 S. Jefferson, Mason, Michigan). 6:30 PM. Ingham County will be unvailing a monument to honor the Ingham County soldiers who died in the line of duty during the Civil War (1861 - 1865). Contact Keith Harrison (pcinc@prodigy.net) or by telephone at 517-694-9394.

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