Michigan's 2014
Civil War Sesquicentennial Events Listing

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

Listing of Michigan Events and Events of Interest to Michigan

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(Archived Michigan's 2013 Civil War Sesquicentennial Events Listing)

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(Archived Michigan's 2011 Civil War Sesquicentennial Events Listing)


--January 2014--

1 - June 30, 2015. Exhibit: Honored, Loyal, Brave, and True: Monroe County in the Civil War (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 S. Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan). The exhibit tells the story of Monroe County, Michigan’s sacrifices and contributions during the Civil War. Included in the museum are artifacts related to Civil War luminaries George Armstrong Custer and Norman Hall. Also featured is Camp Monroe, a hands-on history section for children. $4/adults, $2 children. http://www.MonroeMuseums.org.Contact: Andy Clark at andy_clark@monroemi.org or by telephone at 734-240-7780.

9. Presentation: Michigan Civil War Battle Flags (Monroe County Civil War Round Table, Ellis Library and Reference Center, 3700 South Custer, Monroe, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Recent Ferris State graduate and State of Michigan Historical Museum Employee, Emily Miller, will be speaking on her experiences with the Michigan Save the Flags project. Emily has raised enough money to preserve two flags and is currently working on saving a third. She will share stories about the flags and the men that carried them through battle. This event is free and open to the public. Contact: Charmaine Wawrzyniec at 734-241-5277.

14 - January 22, 2014. Traveling Exhibit: Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War (Adrian Public Library, 143 E. Maumee, Adrian, Michigan). 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday); 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Wednesday & Friday); 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Saturday). The display is a traveling exhibition. It examines how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War—the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. Lincoln is widely acknowledged as one of America’s greatest presidents, but his historical reputation is contested. Was he a calculating politician willing to accommodate slavery, or a principled leader justly celebrated as the Great Emancipator? This exhibition provides no easy answers. Rather, it encourages visitors to form a nuanced view of Lincoln by engaging them with Lincoln’s struggle to reconcile his policy preferences with basic American ideals of liberty and equality. This exhibition develops a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis. Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States in 1860, at a time when the nation was on the brink of war. Lincoln struggled to resolve the basic questions that divided Americans at the most perilous moment in the nation’s history: Was the United States truly one nation, or was it a confederacy of sovereign and separate states? How could a country founded on the belief that “all men are created equal” tolerate slavery? In a national crisis, would civil liberties be secure? President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront these three crises of war, ultimately reinventing the Constitution and the promise of American life. The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the traveling exhibition, which was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center. The traveling exhibition is composed of informative panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment. Website: http://www.adrian.lib.mi.us/Home.aspx. Contact: Adrian Public Library at adrianpubliclibrary@ci.adrian.mi.us or by telephone at 517-265-2265.

15. Presentation: Lincoln and Civil Liberties (Lily Theater, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana). 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM). Presenter is Brian Dirck. Website: http://civilwar.connerprairie.org/share/calendar. Contact Paul Watson at pwatson001@indy.rr.com.

21. Presentation: West Virginia: Orphan of Secession or Child of War (Adrian Public Library, 143 E. Maumee, Adrian, Michigan). 6:30 PM. The presenter will be Tom Nanzig, currently History Editor at Proquest Company in Ann Arbor. Website: http://www.adrian.lib.mi.us/Home.aspx. Contact: Adrian Public Library at adrianpubliclibrary@ci.adrian.mi.us or by telephone at 517-265-2265.

25. Meeting: Cumberland Guard Annual Meeting. (Lutheran Hospital, 7950 West Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Function Rooms 3 & 4). 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Contact Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net.

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--February 2014--

5. Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. The GAR building has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. The bottom floor of the building houses a Museum and contains many GAR memorabilia. The upper floor of the building is set up as it was when the Civil War Union veterans met there from 1886 to 1924. Additional GAR memorabilia also is present on this floor. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is free. For those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships are available. Also, if you are interested in helping out by volunteering at the museum, please let us know. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

9. 150th Wedding Anniversary Reception: George and Elizabeth Custer's 150th wedding anniversary (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 S. Monroe St, Monroe, Michigan). 2:30 PM. Come and hear about this 1864 wedding of the century and the married life of the Custers. Contact: Christine Kull at chris_kull@monroemi.org or by telephone at 734-240-7787.

10. Presentation: Union Generals (American Legion Post 29, 3200 Lansing Ave, Jackson, Michigan). 7:00 PM. The presenter will be Mr. Fred Prebe, AKA President Abraham Lincoln. The event is sponsored by the Austin Blair Camp No. 7, Department of Michigan, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Website: http://www.austinblaircamp7.com/. Contact: Howard Lloyd at bigrock9917@aol.com.

12. Annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Commemoration (Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC). Sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Wreath laying. Website: http://suvcw.org/mollus.htm.

12. Lincoln's Birthday Display: Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. The GAR building has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. The bottom floor of the building houses a Museum and contains many GAR memorabilia. The upper floor of the building is set up as it was when the Civil War Union veterans met there from 1886 to 1924. Additional GAR memorabilia also is present on this floor. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is free. For those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships are available. Also, if you are interested in helping out by volunteering at the museum, please let us know. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

13. Presentation: The Michigan 5th Cavalry (Monroe County Civil War Round Table, Ellis Library and Reference Center, 3700 South Custer, Monroe, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Dan Puschell has done extensive research on the 5th Michigan Cavalry in the Civil War. The 5th was mustered into service on August 30, 1862, and saw action in many battles including Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Cold Harbor and Appomattox. Please join us as Mr. Puschell brings to life the glory and valor of the 5th Michigan Cavalry. This event is free and open to the public. Please contact Charmaine Wawrzyniec for more information, 734-241-5277.

15. Drill: 7th Michigan School of Instruction for Officers and NCOs (White Pine Academy, 510 Russell Street, Leslie, Michigan) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Lessons will cover the basics of soldiering and maneuvers taken from Casey’s Infantry Tactics School of the Soldier, School of the Company, and School of the Battalion along with instructions from the 1861 U.S. Infantry Regulations. Mark Heath will be teaching the Bugle Call class as well as incorporating bugle signals into the movements throughout the day.  All attendees should wear their uniform with current rank; bring their rifle, accouterments, and SOFT-SOLED SHOES. Contact: David Slayton at slaytond@michigan.gov.

18. Presentation: Lincoln Memorialized (Algonquin Club - Meeting at Clawson Steak House, 56 South Rochester Road, Clawson, Michigan). 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Dinner at 7:00 PM). The presenter will be Bruce Butgereit. Almost immediately after his death, the public sought to immortalize the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln in granite and bronze and in word and illustration. Created in 1913, the Lincoln Highway, under the direction of Henry B. Joy of Detroit, MI and President of the Packard Motor Car Company, would become the first national memorial to the martyred President. This presentation will share a look at the other monuments and memorials that were dedicated in honor of Abraham Lincoln prior to the Lincoln Highway. Included will be the men of Detroit, the Grand Army of the Republic, and Woman’s Relief Corps who supported the idea of a memorial highway honoring Lincoln. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and admission is usually $25. RSVP to AlgonquinClubDW@gmail.com at least 5 days prior to the meeting date to save a seat. Contact: Mike Davis at mwrdacvis@gmail.com or by telephone at 248-588-5788.

19. Presentation: Religion During the Civil War (Lily Theater, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana). 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM). Presenter is Jim Johnson. Website: http://civilwar.connerprairie.org/share/calendar. Contact Paul Watson at pwatson001@indy.rr.com.

20. Presentation: Wet Plate or Collodion Photography (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 S. Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Learn the history of Wet Plate or Collodion photography used from the early 1850s to the early 1880s with Robert Beech. This process was used for nearly all images made during the American Civil War. Mr Beech, an early pioneer in computer graphics and former animator with Disney Feature Animation, is currently a certified teacher in technology and art. The program is free and open to the public. Website: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/museum/index.html.Contact: Christine Kull at chris_kull@monroemi.org or by telephone at 734-240-7787.

22. 18th Annual Mid-Winter Civil War Grand Ball and Swap Meet (Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capital, Lansing, Michigan) Swap Meet 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Ball: 6:00 PM. Music provided by the Golden Griffon. Sponsored by the 8th Arkansas/22nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry. Tickets cost $15.00 per person. Advance tickets will be available November 15, 2013. Tickets also will be available at the Swap meet and at the door. Contact: Diana Means at Dmeans13@hotmail.com or by Telephone at 810-599-5935.

25. FREE Sesquicentennial Civil War Seminar - Little Known Facts about the Lincolns and the Civil War (Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 West Grand Ledge Hwy (M-43) in Sunfield, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Each year, the Lansing/Sunfield, Camp #17, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War sponsor a series of FREE Civil War History Seminars. The presenter will be Mr. Rick Brown. Rick is a noted Lincoln Scholar and has spent over 40-years conducting research regarding Abraham Lincoln, his family and period newspapers chronicling his tenure as president and his subsequent assassination. Also on display that evening will be his Traveling Lincoln Assassination Museum. It is 24-running feet in length and contains over 50 original relics including newspapers, broadsides, engravings, and a mourning ribbon worn at Lincoln's funeral in Philadelphia. In addition, the diary of a resident of Washington, D.C written during the time of the assassination will be on display, as will sheet music, stereo views, CDVs and other photos, booklets, and letters. All relics were produced between April and July 1865. Website: http://suvcw.org/mi/017/announcements.htm. Contact: Paul David Arnold at arnoldsuvcwmi@sbcglobal.net.

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--March 2014--

2. 5th Michigan Winter Drill (Richfield County Park 6322 Irish Road, Davison, Michigan). 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Focus will be on School of the Soldier and School of the Company and Skirmish Drill. You will to put zip-ties on your musket hammers to lock them in place (park rules). If you do not have any, there will be some there for your use. No caps or powder. Outdoor drill with coffee, fire in nearby pavilion. Plan on wearing your complete uniform and have all accoutrements. If you need to borrow something, let us know. There should be plenty of loaner gear available. Check the forecast and dress appropriately. Modern boots, scarves, hats, and gloves are permissible to keep you warm. Bring something to eat, and fill your canteen at home prior to leaving. Contact: Jeremy Buschlen at jeremy.buschlen@yahoo.com.

5 & 12. Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. The GAR building has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. The bottom floor of the building houses a Museum and contains many GAR memorabilia. The upper floor of the building is set up as it was when the Civil War Union veterans met there from 1886 to 1924. Additional GAR memorabilia also is present on this floor. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is free. For those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships are available. Also, if you are interested in helping out by volunteering at the museum, please let us know. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

13. Presentation: Clara Barton and Susie King Taylor – Pioneering Nursing on the Civil War Battlefield (Monroe County Civil War Round Table, Ellis Library and Reference Center, 3700 South Custer, Monroe, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Laura Schultz Pipis, from the American Red Cross, will share information about the lives of Clara Barton and Susie King Taylor, remarkable pioneers in Civil War nursing activities. Their non-traditional roles for women and minorities in the Civil War era paved the way for many others to follow in their pioneering footsteps. This event is free and open to the public. Please contact Charmaine Wawrzyniec for more information, 734-241-5277.

15 - 16. Black Power Gun Show: 39th Annual Kalamazoo Living History Black powder Gun Show (Kalamazoo Fair Grounds, 2900 Lake Street [off I-94, Exit 80 North], Kalamazoo, Michigan). 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Sunday. The largest, nationally recognized, juried show in the Midwest devoted to pre-1890 original or reproduction living history supplies, accouterments and related crafts. More than 10,000 historical reenactors from pre-Revolutionary through the Civil War, history buffs, collectors, and the general public from 18 states and Canada come together for a festive weekend to buy, sell and trade. The event attracts over 270 of the finest craftspeople and dealers of living history supplies and related crafts from throughout the United States. The Kalamazoo Living History Show was created in 1976 to bring history alive and entertain as well as expose the general public to some of the most fascinating times in our history. Each year the focus of the show changes allowing various historical reenactment groups, organizations and individuals, dressed in period clothing, the opportunity to host the show and share their knowledge and enthusiasm of history with all of us. Admission is $7.00 for a single day, $10.00 for a weekend pass. Children 12 years of age and under admitted free when accompanied by a parent. No strollers allowed. Anyone attending the show in pre-1890 style clothing will be eligible for a drawing on a door prize. The show is sponsored by Yankee Doodle Muzzle Loader, Inc. Website: http://www.kalamazooshow.com/index.html. Contact: Email at kalamazoolivinghistoryshow@gmail.com.

19. Presentation: Ft. Donaldson (Lily Theater, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana). 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM). Presenter is Brian McCutcheon. Website: http://civilwar.connerprairie.org/share/calendar. Contact Paul Watson at pwatson001@indy.rr.com.

28 - 30. CANCELLED - Winter Camp and Midwinter Drill: 4th Michigan School of Instruction for Officers and NCOs ((Historical Fort Wayne, 6325 Jefferson, Detroit, Michigan). 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Saturday includes drill for the guys and plenty of hands on activities and workshops for the ladies and kiddies! Your registration includes all meals and lodging for the entire weekend! Workshops may require an additional cost and/or a request to bring supplies. You will need to bring your own bedding (whatever you use for events in the summer!). Family Rate (parents and children under the age of 18) - $50, Individual Rate - $25 per person, Saturday Only (breakfast, lunch and dinner) - $18 per person; Saturday Evening Only (dinner and evening activities) - $15 per person. Checks can be made payable to the 4th Michigan (with Winter Camp in the notation section) and mailed to: David Fildey, 117 N. Main Street, P.O. Box 129, Leslie, MI 49251. Contact: Russ Paul at puknut33@aol.com.

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--April 2014--

2. Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. The GAR building has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. The bottom floor of the building houses a Museum and contains many GAR memorabilia. The upper floor of the building is set up as it was when the Civil War Union veterans met there from 1886 to 1924. Additional GAR memorabilia also is present on this floor. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is free. For those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships are available. Also, if you are interested in helping out by volunteering at the museum, please let us know. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

4 - 5. Civil War Show: Crossroad of America Civil War/Political Show (5330 Hornet Ave, Beech Grove, Indiana). April 4: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, April 5: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Thousands of Civilly War and Political Artifacts. Antique Firearms permitted. Website: http://ironbrigaderelics.com.

5. Civil War Trust- National 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. For the last two years, Historic Fort Wayne has been the only site in the State of Michigan to host this event. 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. One hundred-fifty T shirts and 100 patches will be given out to all who participate. Websites: Historic Fort Wayne - http://historicfortwaynecoalition.com/. Contact: Tom Berlucchi at TBERLUCCHI@YAHOO.COM, Telephone: 248-840-5234.

9. Grand Army of the Republic Day Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. The GAR building has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. The bottom floor of the building houses a Museum and contains many GAR memorabilia. The upper floor of the building is set up as it was when the Civil War Union veterans met there from 1886 to 1924. Additional GAR memorabilia also is present on this floor. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is free. For those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships are available. Also, if you are interested in helping out by volunteering at the museum, please let us know. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

10. Presentation: Marines and the Civil War (Monroe County Civil War Round Table, Ellis Library and Reference Center, 3700 South Custer, Monroe, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Mike Unsworth, from Michigan State University Library, returns to our Civil War Round Table to give background into the history of Marines in the Civil War. Mr. Unsworth is the co-author of the annotated bibliography Future War Novels and the editor of Military Periodicals. He has written a number of articles concentrating on military history. This event is free and open to the public. Please contact Charmaine Wawrzyniec for more information, 734-241-5277.

11 - 12. 57th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony (Oakridge Cemetery, 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: http://suvcw.org/mollus/oldsave/2013lincolntomb.pdf. Contact rpetro7776@aol.com or by Telephone at 636-274-4567.

12. Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. The GAR building has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. The bottom floor of the building houses a Museum and contains many GAR memorabilia. The upper floor of the building is set up as it was when the Civil War Union veterans met there from 1886 to 1924. Additional GAR memorabilia also is present on this floor. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is free. For those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships are available. Also, if you are interested in helping out by volunteering at the museum, please let us know. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

14. Presentation: Commerce in Jackson County (American Legion Post 29, 3200 Lansing Ave, Jackson, Michigan). 7:00 PM. The presenter will be William Anderson, who will talk about commerce in Jackson County. The event is sponsored by the Austin Blair Camp No. 7, Department of Michigan, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Website: http://www.austinblaircamp7.com/. Contact: Howard Lloyd at bigrock9917@aol.com.

16. Presentation: Origins of the Confederacy (Lily Theater, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana). 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM). Presenter is Robert May. Website: http://civilwar.connerprairie.org/share/calendar. Contact Paul Watson at pwatson001@indy.rr.com.

26. 4th Annual Coldwater Civil War Spring Ball (Historic Masonic Temple, 45 East Chicago St, Coldwater, Michigan). 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Guests are to be 13 and over, dressed in Civil War period attire. Music by Glen Morningstar,Jr and the Ruffwater String Band. Finger foods and beverages served. Tickets: $20 per person or two for $35 before April 26th or $20 dollars each at the door. We also have a special ticket price for those wishing to dine before the ball of $61 per couple or $33 per single. Website: http://www.cwcwmi.com/ or Facebook at Coldwater Civil War Spring Ball. Contact: Dave McKee at dm307mckee@charter.net or Telephone at 517-924-0438.

26 - 27. Battalion Drill: (Historical Fort Wayne, 6325 Jefferson, Detroit, Michigan). Are you tired of winter yet? Have you spent the last several months sitting in your living room with your uniform on and pack strapped to your back anxiously awaiting the calendar to change? Then let us welcome in the spring back by garrisoning our favorite Michigan historical Civil War Fort and most wonderful link to our Civil War past. We will be honing our drill and tactical skills. Union Infantry, Artillery, and Cavalry encouraged to attend. Website: http://www.fortwaynebattaliondrill.com. Contact: Will Eichler at will@williameichler.com .

27. Civil War Exhibit and Open House (Dearborn Historical Museum, 915 Brady St, Dearborn, Michigan) 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. See the new Civil War Exhibit. 1833 Dearbornville Arsenal. Local authors have been invited to bring their first edition books to sign and sell. Look up your Civil War ancestor. Local experts will be on site to discuss Civil War –era weapons explain. Ongoing videos of the Sergeant John S. Cosbey Camp 427 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will be presented all day. Refreshments will be served. Host: Sergeant John S. Cosbey Camp 427 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Contact Jerry Jacobs jerry_jacobs@comcast.net.

29. FREE Sesquicentennial Civil War Seminar -Little Known Civil War Battle in Florida. (Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 West Grand Ledge Hwy (M-43) in Sunfield, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Most people are not aware that soldiers from the Confederacy and Union Army fought in the state of Florida during the Civil War. In early 1864 the Union launched an invasion of northern Florida. What did Lincoln hope to accomplish by sending troops, (including several regiments of black soldiers) into this sparsely populated and seemingly insignificant region of Florida? Would the Confederates be able to scrape together a force to stop them? In a war where large armies often fought bloody battles that turned out to have little strategic gain, the 1864 Olustee Campaign showed that battles between smaller forces could sometimes achieve significant strategic results. Come and learn about the colorful characters on both sides; and the valor, stupidity, and luck that played a large factor in the campaign, and what happened afterwards. The presenter will be Dave Jordan. Dave Jordan. Each year, the Lansing/Sunfield, Camp #17, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War sponsor a series of FREE Civil War History Seminars. Website: http://suvcw.org/mi/017/announcements.htm Contact: Paul David Arnold at arnoldsuvcwmi@sbcglobal.net.

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--May 2014--

1 - June 30. Memorial Day Exhibit: “Lest We Forget” - The Real Meaning of Memorial Day Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). Included in the exhibit is the story of Memorial Day (historically known as Decoration Day), background on the man and the organization he headed that was responsible for establishing the holiday we know today, and how it was accomplished. The real Memorial Day is actually May 30, but was changed in the 1970’s to provide federal employees the convenience of a three-day weekend. Since then, it has become the unofficial start of the summer season, thus losing its true meaning. The Memorial Day exhibit is typical of such displays of the late 1890s - early 1900s that the GAR would have set up in their various posts. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum opened in September of 2013. Located in the historic 1886 James B. Brainerd Post No. 111 GAR building at 224 South Main in Eaton Rapids, the museum is free to the public; however, supporting memberships are available. The museum is open on the first and second Wednesdays (10 AM -5 PM) of each month, patriotic holidays, and by appointment. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

1 - 4. Reenactment: 150th Anniversary of the Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse. (9019 Old Battlefield Blvd, Spotsylvania, Virginia). Representatives of the Mason-Dixon Alliance (USV and ANV) have joined with Spotsylvania County to offer reenactors and the public a series of events commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse. This includes a national-scale 150th reenactment involving 5,000-6,000 reenactors . Federal Commander: Brig. General Darrell Markijohn, (USV) Commander, Army of the Potomac. Confederate Commander: Major-General Jake Jennette, (ANV) Commander, Army of Northern Virginia. Website: http://150spotsylvania.com/. Reenactor Registration: http://150spotsylvania.com/reenactors/registration/.

2. Grand Victorian Ball (Grand Ledge Opera House, Grand Ledge, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Enjoy an evening of elegance and gaiety in the Grand Victorian Style. Ticket are limited. Reserve yours now. Admission is $30.00 until March 29, afterwards tickets are $35.00. For more information visit http://www.victoriandays.org/ball or call 517-316-6694.

3. Civil War Encampment at Grand Ledge Island Park (Grand Ledge Island Park, Grand Ledge, Michigan). Activities include living history, firing demonstrations, and a skirmish for control of the island bridge. This is being held in conjunction with Grand Ledge's Victorian Days. Water, bathrooms, firewood, and straw provided. Prize drawing for gasoline cards. Contact sylvania@victoriandays.org

3 - 4. Civil War Show: 37th Ohio Civil War Show and 22nd Annual Artillery Show (Richland County Fairgrounds - U.S. 30 & Trimble Road Exit located 7 miles West of Exit 176 on I-71), Mansfield, Ohio). Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Seven Hundred Fifty tables of miitary items, book, prints, etc. $6.00 Admission, children under 12 - free. Free Parking. Website: http://www.ohiocivilwarshow.com. Telephone: 419-884-2194.

7 & 14. Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. The GAR building has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. The bottom floor of the building houses a Museum and contains many GAR memorabilia. The upper floor of the building is set up as it was when the Civil War Union veterans met there from 1886 to 1924. Additional GAR memorabilia also is present on this floor. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is free. For those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships are available. Also, if you are interested in helping out by volunteering at the museum, please let us know. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

8. Presentation: Michigan’s Forgotten Civil War Soldiers – Company K of the Michigan Sharpshooters – The Story Continues (Monroe County Civil War Round Table, Ellis Library and Reference Center, 3700 South Custer, Monroe, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Author, historian, and highly respected member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Mr. Chris Czopek returns to our Round Table in May. He will provide new information about the Michigan Native Americans who honorably for our country but were forgotten once the war was over. This event is free and open to the public. Please contact Charmaine Wawrzyniec for more information, 734-241-5277.

12. Presentation: Company K of the Michigan Sharp Shooters (American Legion Post 29, 3200 Lansing Ave, Jackson, Michigan). 7:00 PM. The presenter will be Mr. Jim Jackson. The event is sponsored by the Austin Blair Camp No. 7, Department of Michigan, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Website: http://www.austinblaircamp7.com/. Contact: Howard Lloyd at bigrock9917@aol.com.

12. Presentation: Michigan & the Civil War - A Great and Bloody Sacrifice (West Bloomfield Township Public Library, 4600 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Jack Dempsey will give a talk based on his book Michigan and the Civil War: a Great and Bloody Sacrifice, which was a 2012 Michigan Notable Book title. Jack Dempsey, former assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan, is firmly embedded in the Michigan Civil War community. He runs a popular Michigan in the Civil War blog and is the President of the Michigan Historical Commission, as well as a board member of the Michigan History Foundation and the Historical Society of Michigan. He also is a color bearer with the Civil War Preservation Trust. Dempsey is also the co-author of Ink Trail: Michigan's Famous and Forgotten Authors with his brother, Dave Dempsey. Website: http://www.wblib.org. Contact: 248-682-2120.

17. School Program Endevorer Middle School (Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit, Michigan). 9:00 AM Students will around 9 AM. The event is only one day but the students will be spending the night. Contact: Thomas Berlucchi tberlucchi@yahoo.com or Doris Julian 810-793-6739, Juliandoris2@aol.com.

17. Headstone Dedication for Civil War Veterans Edson and Clark Augustus Norton (Oaklawn Cemetery, Stockbridge, Michigan). 1:00 PM. [Rain Date May 18, 2014]. Edson Norton enlisted in March 1862 and died in April 1862 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He was a member of Company E, 14th Michigan Infantry. Clark "Augustus" Norton enlisted in August 1862 in Company B, 6th Michigan Cavalry. In November of 1863, he was made Full Bugler. He survived the war and was discharged in 1865. He died in April 1925. They are both buried in Stockbridge, Michigan in Oaklawn Cemetery. Ceremony will be conducted by Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Contact Robert Griggs at misuvcw7@gmail.com.

18. Presentation: Michigan & the Civil War - A Great and Bloody Sacrifice (Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Society, 405 Cesar E. Chavez Ave, West Pontiac, Michigan). 2:00 PM. Jack Dempsey will give a talk based on his book Michigan and the Civil War: a Great and Bloody Sacrifice, which was a 2012 Michigan Notable Book title. Jack Dempsey, former assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan, is firmly embedded in the Michigan Civil War community. He runs a popular Michigan in the Civil War blog and is the President of the Michigan Historical Commission, as well as a board member of the Michigan History Foundation and the Historical Society of Michigan. He also is a color bearer with the Civil War Preservation Trust. Dempsey is also the co-author of Ink Trail: Michigan's Famous and Forgotten Authors with his brother, Dave Dempsey. Website: http://www.ocphs.org. Contact: 248-338-6732.

21. Presentation: Indiana Volunteers (Lily Theater, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana). 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM). Presenter is Mark Jaeger. Website: http://civilwar.connerprairie.org/share/calendar. Contact Paul Watson at pwatson001@indy.rr.com.

23 - 25. Branch County (Coldwater) Civil War Days - Battles at Gettysburg (Heritage Park, Coldwater, Michigan) Friday School Day 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Friday train ride with President Lincoln. Saturday: 9-5 Civil War artifacts &displays, 9-5 Horse drawn wagon rides (Union &Confederate Camp Life) 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Schoolhouse (Hourly lessons &outdoor civil war games), 10:00 AM Civil War music by local elementary students , 11:00 AM Vintage Baseball Game at Battlefield, 12:30 Ladies Tea & Fashion Show, 2:00 PM Battle , 3:00 PM Games, 5:00 PM Meal for Reenactors Only, 7:00 PM Military & Civilian Ball with Glen Morning Star Jr. & Ruffwater Band, 9:30 PM Night Firing of Canons (weather permitting). Sunday: 9:30 AM Non-denominational Church Service , 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Civil War artifacts & displays, 9:00 AM -3:00 PM Horse drawn wagon rides ( Union & Confederate Camp Life), 10:00 AM Schoolhouse (Hourly lessons &outdoor civil war games), 11:00 AM Musical entertainment, 11:00 AM Vintage Baseball Games, 2:00 PM Battle . Bathrooms and wood, straw, hay, water available for reenactors. Website: http://www.cwcwmi.com or by Telephone at 517-278-8161.

23 - 26. Greenfield Village Civil War Remembrance (20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Michigan). Hosted by Greenfield Village. Amenities include firewood, straw, modern camping, military ball, sutlers. This event is by invitation only for reenactors. Website: www.thehenryford.org/events/civilwarremembrance.aspx.

24. Memorial Day Program: 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 (SUVCW)ceremony at the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) 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.

25. GAR Historic Walking Tour. Red Ribbon Hall (314 S. Main St) 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. There will be two tours; with each beginning at the Red Ribbon Hall and continuing to the site of Civil War Governor James Blair’s home, the Grand Army of the Republic Hall, and concludes at the G.A.R. Island Park. Interpreters in period clothign will share their stories at each stop of the guided tours. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for members of the GAR Museum and for children. Tickets for the Walking Tour are available by phone at (517)256-9460, or by emailing Deb Malewski at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

25. 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.

26. Civil War Sesquicentennial Memorial Service (Otter Lake Cemetery, Marathon Township, Otter Lake, Michigan) 10:30 AM. The program will include an eulogy, reading of names, placing Grand Army of the Republic Markers with Flags, playing of Taps, Rifle Salute by V.F.W. Post 2409 and a Cannon Salute by the 2nd Michigan Volunteer Regiment Hudson Artillery. Contact Fred Moorehouse, Township Office, at 810-793-2002 or Ric Julian at rnjulian@aol.com or by telephone at 810-793-6739.

26. Memorial Day Program: Woodland Township Annual Memorial Day Program (Woodland Township Cemetery, M-43, Woodland, Michigan) 10:00 AM. 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.

26. Memorial Day Exhibit: “Lest We Forget” - The Real Meaning of Memorial Day Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan).. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. The GAR building has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. The bottom floor of the building houses a Museum and contains many GAR memorabilia. The upper floor of the building is set up as it was when the Civil War Union veterans met there from 1886 to 1924. Additional GAR memorabilia also is present on this floor. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is free. For those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships are available. Also, if you are interested in helping out by volunteering at the museum, please let us know. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

28. Presentation: An Evening with President Lincoln (Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium, 16301 Michigan Ave. Dearborn, Michigan). 6:30 PM. President Lincoln (Fred Priebe) and his wife Mary Todd (Bonnie Priebe) present Who Would Jack Vote For? - the 1864 election campaign with its twists and turns would make even today’s politicians blush. There will be a Q & A with President Lincoln & raffle prizes. Tickets are $5.00 and are available at the Dearborn Historical Museum at 915 Brady Street and online. Website: http://thedhm.com/lincoln. Telephone: 313-565-3000.

31. Sesquicentennial Civil War Concert: (Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, Michigan). 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. FREE Concert. The concert performers will be the Fifth Michigan Regimental Band. This will be the fourth in a series of five concerts, one per year of the Sesquicentennial with each one tied to Civil War events that took place 150 years earlier. Sponsored by the Friends of Michigan History, Inc. Contact: Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net or Tom Truscott at tom.0506@hotmail.com.

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--June 2014--

4 & 11. Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. The GAR building has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. The bottom floor of the building houses a Museum and contains many GAR memorabilia. The upper floor of the building is set up as it was when the Civil War Union veterans met there from 1886 to 1924. Additional GAR memorabilia also is present on this floor. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is free. For those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships are available. Also, if you are interested in helping out by volunteering at the museum, please let us know. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

7. 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 - 8. 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, meals and tea will be available. Due to the available space, reenactor participation will need to be by invitation only. Website: http://www.dextermuseum.org. Reenactor Contact: 4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry at PukNut33@aol.com.

7 - 8. Civil War Encampment (Lexington, Michigan). Hosts: 15th Michigan, Company B and 8th Arkansas. Event is in the Village of Lexington. Fashion show, street skirmishes, living history, firearm demonstrations, drill, and cannon firing demonstration. Straw and firewood, but no bounties for artillery. Sponsored by the Village of Lexington Parks and Recreation Committee and the Lexington Business Association. Website: http://lexingtonmichigan.org/civilwar.htm. Contact: Anita L. Ruffini at merleriobravo-mail@yahoo.com.

14 - 15. 2nd Annual Turkeyville Civil War Reenactment (Turkeyville U.S.A, 18935 15 1/2 Mile Road, Marshall, Michigan). Free to the public, but donations appreciated. Battles Saturday (2nd Day Gettysburg) and Sunday (3rd Day Gettysburg), Grand Ball Saturday night, Night Artillery Firing, ladies tea and fashion show, and pie eating contest. Special Impression Area to include Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, General Ulysses S. Grant, Post office, Barber, Storyteller, Blacksmith, Quartermaster, and Surgeon. Thursday and Friday set-up, Modern day RV campsite on location with hook-ups (offered at discounted rate for reenactors), wood & hay provided, free reenactor meal Saturday at Turkeyville Restaurant, coffee and donut breakfast free to reenactors. Artillery Bounties ($100/first six guns each side), Cavalry Bounties ($20/horse first registered) Registration can be by via the web or by email. Website: http://www.turkeyville.com. Reenactor Contact: Email psabo72@yahoo.com or by Telephone at 517-626-4336.

19.Presentation: Gettysburg: Behind the Scenes (Charter Township of Plymouth City Offices, 9955 N. Haggerty Road, Plymouth, Michigan). 8:00 PM. Brian James Egen will give a talk based on his experiences being participating in the filming of the motion picture film, Gettysburg. Brian was on set for two of the three months of principal filming and landed a speaking role as an officer under Joshua Chamberlain (played by Jeff Daniels) of the 20th Maine Infantry. The presentation will cover interesting behind the scenes photographs and stories of bringing the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Killer Angels, to the silver screen. Brian is the Executive Producer at The Henry Ford in Dearborn Michigan and member of the Michigan Historical Commission currently serving as Chairman of the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. http://www.alcwrt.org/ Contact Liz Stringer at stringerl@aol.com.

21. Civil War Relic Show (Sandy Pines Wilderness Trails, 2745 136th Avenue, Hopkins, Michigan). Noon to 4:00 PM. Website: http://www.sandypines.com. Contact: Gene Van Koevering at 616-896-8315 or find us on Facebook (Sandy Pines Wilderness Trails).

24. FREE Sesquicentennial Civil War Seminar -Seminar to be Announced (Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 West Grand Ledge Hwy (M-43) in Sunfield, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Each year, the Lansing/Sunfield, Camp #17, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War sponsor a series of FREE Civil War History Seminars. Website: http://suvcw.org/mi/017/announcements.htm Contact: Paul David Arnold at arnoldsuvcwmi@sbcglobal.net.

27 - 29. Civil War Reenactment: 1861 - 1865 Remembered (Sandy Pines Wilderness Trails, 2745 136th Avenue, Hopkins, Michigan). 3:00 PM Friday through 3:00 PM Sunday. June 27 - 29, 2014, will mark the return of, and a renewed commitment by Sandy Pines Wilderness Trails to begin a series of annual Civil War reenactments/living history events that will educate, accentuate, and help commemorate the Civil War period. Amenities include firewood, ice, water, straw, limited free modern camping (no hook ups), sutlers, modern restroom facilities and porta-johns, showers, on-site EMT and First Responder Trained Park Security personnel, Saturday night meal, and Artillery Bounty ($100 each for the first 6 registered manned, full scale, 57-inch wheel non-breach loading guns). Some of the activities will include a battle on Saturday and Sunday, fashion show, period dance, and night artillery firing. Additional attractions include retail center for food and ice cream, a Water Splash Park, golf course, a lake, an indoor pool, 4 outdoor pools, mini-golf, 8 tennis courts, laundry facilities to name a few. Our 1861-1865 Remembered Event Leadership is reaching out to Union and Confederate Infantry and Artillery reenactors, Civil War impersonators, period military and civilian musicians, sutlers, educational speakers to name a few to take part in the June 27 – 29, 2014 event. Unfortunately, the park will not be able to accommodate any horses. The event runs from 3:00 PM Friday through 3:00 PM Sunday and is being hosted by the Battery D, 1st Michigan Light Artillery and the 1st Michigan Volunteer Infantry. Sandy Pines is located about 25 minutes south of Grand Rapids and about 35 minutes north of Kalamazoo. Sandy Pines is the largest RV Park in the State of Michigan and features 850-acres of property, a 260-acre all sports lake and 2,218 RV/Membership campsites. Units and individual reenactors may register; however, if registering a unit, please only register those who will be attending (please do not register of all of your members regardless of attendance). Registration forms and Event information Website: http://www.sandypines.com. Contact: Gene Van Koevering at 616-896-8315 for additional information or find us on Facebook (Sandy Pines Wilderness Trails).

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--July 2014--

2 & 9 . Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. The GAR building has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. The bottom floor of the building houses a Museum and contains many GAR memorabilia. The upper floor of the building is set up as it was when the Civil War Union veterans met there from 1886 to 1924. Additional GAR memorabilia also is present on this floor. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is free. For those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships are available. Also, if you are interested in helping out by volunteering at the museum, please let us know. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com.

4. Independence Day Display: Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. The GAR building has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. The bottom floor of the building houses a Museum and contains many GAR memorabilia. The upper floor of the building is set up as it was when the Civil War Union veterans met there from 1886 to 1924. Additional GAR memorabilia also is present on this floor. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is free. For those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships are available. Also, if you are interested in helping out by volunteering at the museum, please let us know. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com.

4.Historical Marker Dedication: Camp Monroe (St Mary's Avenue near Loraine Street, Monroe, Michigan). 9:30 AM. In the 1860s the Monroe County Fairgrounds existed in this area. It was approximately 20 acres in size. In 1861 and 1862, the fairgrounds served as Camp Monroe, which was a Civil War Training Camp for three different military units - 7th Michigan Infantry, 15th Michigan Infantry and 1st Michigan Light Artillery, Battery H. Contact: Dave Engle at dcicw@yahoo.com.

11 - 13. CANCELED Reenactment: Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Mayville. (Mayville, Michigan (east of Vassar, Michigan). Saturday and Sunday. Looking for union and confederate infantry (approximately 30 on both sides but the more the merrier) and two guns and crew . $100 bounty paid for these two guns. Potential for period rations to be issued to the men. Civilians and Sutlers are encouraged to attend. The area for the reenactment is rolling lightly wooded, but not manicured, and open areas on school property. The schedule thus far is Parade on Friday evening followed by fireworks. Morning skirmish with infantry planned on Saturday with an afternoon battle including the guns. Saturday night candlelight tour . Sunday church and drill; Battle afternoon. The community is behind it 100% and Sons and Daughters of Union Veterans are part of the committee. Lots of interaction with school kids and public. Contact Scott Cummings at scottyhomeseller@charter.net.

12 - 13. 54th Annual Underground Railroad Days (Vandalia, Michigan). Saturday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Sunday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Village of Vandalia, Michigan and the Underground Railroad Society of Cass County (URSCC) will co sponsor the 5th annual Underground Railroad Days Saturday July 13 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Sunday July 14 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Vandalia. The two-day celebration of the history of the Underground Railroad (UGRR) in this area will feature guided tours of UGRR sites, information booths and displays, tours of the Bonine House (home of UGRR stationmaster James E. Bonine), Civil War Living History Encampment, a replica of a Ramptown cabin for storytelling and song, as well as presentations on various aspects of the UGRR in Cass County. A complete schedule of activities will be published closer to the celebration. Website: http://www.urscc.org. Contact: Cathy LaPointe at info@urscc.org or by telephone at 269-445-7358.

17.Presentation: Monroe County and the Civil War: 1864 (Monroe County Historical Museum , 126 South Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan). 7:00 PM. The presentor is Scott Roy. Scott is Monroe County Historical Museum's Programs Specialist. He will be discussing the progression of the Civil War from the warfront to the ballot box. Contact Andy Clark at andy_clark@monroemi.org.

18 - 20. Charlton Park Civil War Muster (2545 S. Charlton Park Road, Hastings, Michigan). Hosted by Battery D, 2nd Michigan Light Artillery, 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry Company F., and Barry County Parks. Confederate and Union Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery units. Shop on Sutler Row, play parlor games, Two battles on Saturday, one battle on Sunday. Admission is Adults $5.00, Kids $3.00 ages 5 - 12 years, 4 and under are free. All Reenactors are requested to Preregister at no charge. The on-site registration fee is $10.00 per reenactor. Preregistration required/fee for walk-ons. Website and registration form/information at http://www.charltonpark.org/news_events/special_events.html. Contact: info@charltonpark.org.

26.Summer Ice Cream Social [Theme: Thank God for Michigan] (Pine Grove Museum/Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society, 405 Cesar Chavez Ave. Pontiac, Michigan) 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The theme Thank God for Michigan will be highlighting stories of Civil War soldiers from Oakland County and where they are laid to rest. Activities to enjoy include Original Civil War Cannon demonstration and firing, Cake and Ice Cream, Live music from Men of Grace, Golden Griffon/Fiddle and Hammered Dulcimer, Peace Jubilee Civil War Brass Band, Talks by Lincoln/Douglas/Underground Railroad Impersonators, Presentations by Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial History Partners, Gift Shop and "Curiosity Sale", Vintage photographer, Quilt display and raffle, Tours of Civil War Mansion and grounds plus Drayton Plains One Room Schoolhouse, Sisters of the Union, US Veterans' Welcome Tent, Authors’ Book Sales, Area Historical Societies, Clothing exhibits, Period crafting. All for just $5/Adult and $10/family of five and free secure parking - Join the fun! contact: Tom Berlucchi at thomas.g.berlucchi@usps.gov.

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--August 2014--

2 - 3. Civil War Days 2014 (228 South Ridge Street, Sanilac County Village and 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. There is discussion to have the historic village portray the village of Gettysburg following the battle in 1863. The event also will include Union and Confederate Encampments, Skirmishes, Artillery, Notable Persons, and a Grand Ball. Firewood, straw, running water, ice and flush toilets provided. Website and Registration: http://sanilaccountymuseum.org. Contact Email: sanilacmuseum.org or by Telephone at 810-622-9946.

6 & 13. Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. The GAR building has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. The bottom floor of the building houses a Museum and contains many GAR memorabilia. The upper floor of the building is set up as it was when the Civil War Union veterans met there from 1886 to 1924. Additional GAR memorabilia also is present on this floor. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is free. For those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships are available. Also, if you are interested in helping out by volunteering at the museum, please let us know. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

9 - 10. Chesterfield Civil War Days (Chesterfield Historical Village Park, 47275 Sugarbush Rd - Between 21 Mile and Cotton Rds, Chesterfield Township, Michigan). Hosts: 15th Michigan, Company B and 8th Arkansas. Living history encampments, drills, battle skirmishes, cannon firing demonstrations, and special appearances by the Michigan Cavalry Brigade. Straw and firewood, but no bounties for artillery. Sponsored by the Chesterfield Historical Society, 15th Michigan, Company B and 8th Arkansas. Suggested donations: $1.00 per adult, $2.00 Families. Website: http://chesterfieldhistoricalsociety.org. Contact: Tommy Spanski at 313-779-3357.

9 - 10. Hale Farm & Village Civil War Reenactment (Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, Ohio). More than 500 reenactors are expected to participate, making this one of the largest annual Civil War events in Ohio. Guests will meet soldiers and civilians, hear the sounds of battle, smell the gunpowder, and dance at the annual Hale Civil War Ball. At 2:00 pm daily, the recreation of Civil War battles in the museum’s North Pasture is just one feature of the event. Cannons, on loan from the Ohio Statehouse, will roar across the re-created battlefield amidst the soldiers, smoke, and gunfire. Cavalry will charge as the battle unfolds just yards away. Take part in this historic event as we celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Civil War Commanders joining us during this year's event: Bob Minton of the Army of the Ohio and Christopher Smith of Birney's Division head up the Union forces and Nick Medich of the Kings Brigade, 1st Confederate Division/Medich's Battalion leads the Confederates in the battle. Website and Registration: http://www.wrhs.org/Properties/Civil_War_Reenactment_Encampment. Contact halereservations@wrhs.org or by telephone at 330-666-3711.

9 - 10. Milford Memories (Central Park, Milford, Michigan). Hosted by the 9th Kentucky (CS). Artillery, skirmishes, arts & crafts, children's drill/muster ceremony, fashion show, and U.S. Military Personnel Memorial Service. Website: www.milfordmemories.com. Contact is Joan Spiroff nspiroff@comcast.net or by Telephone at 248-685-1772

16. Annual Sunfield Farmers’ Picnic and Parade (M-43, Sunfield, Michigan). All Day. In addition various local activities, the Sunfield Grand Army of the Republic Hall will be opened for tours. Website: http://suvcw.org/mi/017/announcements.htm. Contact: Paul David Arnold at arnoldsuvcwmi@sbcglobal.net.

20. Day Camp Civil War Discovery Camp for Kids Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. For boys and girls 8 - 12 years of age. A full, exciting day at the very places where Civil War veterans camped every August for 40 years and reminisced about the war. The Civil War era will come to life in this engaging day camp designed just for kids. Campers will explore the life of both Civil War soldiers and their families back home. Planned camp activities include setting up camp, experiencing a soldier's life, learning about Civil War medicine, marching and drilling with muskets, exploring the GAR Museum, and much more. Location: Drop off campers at 10:00 AM the GAR Island Park (east end of Hamlin Street)in Eaton Rapids and pick them up at 3:00 PM the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum. Lunch will be provided. Event will be held rain or shine. Cost: $15, or two from the same family for $25. Pre-registration by Monday, August 18th is required. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

21.Presentation: The Importance of Women in the Civil War (Jackson District Library, Carnegie Branch - Basement Auditorium, 244 West Michigan Ave., Jackson, Michigan) 6:30 PM. Historian Shirley Hodges will be the speaker. Contact: Debby in the Reference Department at 517-788-4087.

23 - 24. 30th Annual Jackson, Michigan Cascades Civil War Muster (Cascades Falls Park, 1401 S Brown St, Jackson, Michigan). Free to the public, but donations appreciated. Battles Saturday and Sunday, Military Ball Saturday night, Night Artillery Firing. Special Impression Area. Reenactor Registration Website: http://www.7thmichigan.us/Jackson_Civil_War_Muster.htm, Cascades Website: http://civilwarmuster.org/. Cascades Contact: 517-788-4320.

26. Presentation: Michigan's Connection to John Wilkes Booth and Jefferson Davis (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 7:00 PM. The presenter will be Mr. Rick Brown of Lansing. Both Lafayette and Luther Baker played key roles in the capture of John Wilkes Booth. Both spent their childhood living in Lansing and after the Civil War moved back to Lansing. Due to the recent discovery of important documents relating to property purchases and court cases, the question is asked: Were they heroes or scoundrels? In addition, follow Jefferson Davis in his flee from Richmond and discover how Michigan was instrumental in his capture. Rick Brown, of Lansing, has been collecting and researching the Lincoln assassination and related topics for 49 years now. He has amassed a large archive of both original relics and photocopies of a few thousand documents. He has used this material to write several articles and now provides programs at schools, historical festivals, Civil War musters, and historical societies about the Lincoln assassination and related topics. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

30 - 31. Fenian Raid-Port Huron Celebration (Desmond Landing, 520 Water Street, Port Huron Michigan). The Fenian Brotherhood was an Irish republican organization founded in the United States in 1858. Between 1866 and 1871, the Fenian Brotherhood, which was based in the United States and which was composed of many former Union and Confederate Irish veterans (with considerable military experience), raided Canada in an attempt to take over British army forts, customs posts and other targets in Canada, in order to bring pressure on Britain to exchange Ireland's freedom for possession of their Province of Canada. An opening ceremony will be held on Saturday morning at 10:00 am. Union and Confederate Civil War reenactors (as the Fenians wore whatever uniform they mustered out in) and Civil War era Civilians are invited to participate. There will be an Artillery Bounty. Camping on the grounds is encouraged. Period vendors are welcome. Contact: Joe Ann Burgett at thefenianraid@gmail.com or by Telephone at 810-689-0109.

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--September 2014--

3 & 10. Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. The GAR building has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. The bottom floor of the building houses a Museum and contains many GAR memorabilia. The upper floor of the building is set up as it was when the Civil War Union veterans met there from 1886 to 1924. Additional GAR memorabilia also is present on this floor. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is free. For those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships are available. Also, if you are interested in helping out by volunteering at the museum, please let us know. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

6 - 7. Frontier Days Civil War Reenactment and Muzzle Loader Event (The Olde World Village, 13215 M 96, Augusta, Michigan). Living History, live entertainment, blackpowder Shoot Competition, Traders Row. Website: http://www.oldeworldvillage.com. Contact: 269-580-1290.

13 - 14. Civil War Days (Historic Fort Wayne 6325 West Jefferson, Detroit, Michigan). Tactical demonstrations both days, Battle Reenactment, Vintage Baseball Game, Civilian Camps, Ice cream social, Civilian activities, Special Impressions, firewood, and showers. Artillery Bounty for the first 4 full scale cannon registered. Website: http://historicfortwaynecoalition.com/cwdays.html. Contacts: Doris Julian at Juliandoris2@aol.com or Tom Berlucchi at Tberlucchi@yahoo.com or by Telephone at 248-840-5234.

17 - 21. Reenactment: 150th Anniversary Battle of the Atlanta Campaign (Nash Farm Battlefield, 100 Babbs Mill Rd, Hampton, Georgia). Reenactor registration for both 2014 is now open. The registration fee for 2014 is $20.00 per person until September 1, 2014. After September 1st, the walk on fee is $25.00. Children under 12 are free for both reenactments but they must still be registered. Website: http://www.atlantacampaign.com/index.html. Registration website: http://www.atlantacampaign.com/reenactors.html. Contact: Earl Zeckman (Military Department of Mississippi) at ezeckman@bellsouth.net.

19 - 21. 10th Annual Mid-Michigan Civil War Muster (Deerfield Nature Park , 2425 W. Remus Road (M-20,)Mt Pleasant, Michigan). Sponsored by the Tenth Michigan Infantry and Isabella County Parks & Recreation. Two new reenactment sites and a new tactical site. Living History Camps, Drills, Speed Shooting Contest, Two (2) Battle Reenactments featuring Events from the battles of New Hope Church and Jonesboro - the Atlanta Georgia Campaign of 1864, Fashion Show, Period Base Ball match, Tactical on Oak Hill, Night Weapons Firing, Candlelight Camp Tour, Ladies Tea, and Church Service. Website: http://www.tenthmichiganinfantry.com. Contact: Email at tenthmich@yahoo.com or Telephone at 989-400-3904.

20 - 21. Van Raalte Farm Civil War Muster (Historic Van Raalte Farm Park, 1076 E. 16th Street, Holland, Michigan). Free Dinner Saturday Night. Battle both days, and possibly tacticals. Bounties are offered for cavalry and artillery. Website: http://www.hollandmuseum.org, Contract: Wendy VanWoerkom: wvanwoerkom@hollandmuseum.org or by Telephone at 616-796-3324.

20 - 21. Marine City Heritage Day (Historic City Hall grounds, 300 Broadway Street, Marine City, Michigan). Friday night - set up of living history encampment, Saturday - 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Encampment provided by the 15th Michigan Infantry and the 8th Arkansas. The Friends of City Hall will once again present historical information with entertainment and displays. Contact: Friends of City Hall at 810-765-8421.

20 - 21. Yankees in Falmouth and Some Confederates too (Historic Port of Falmouth Park and Moncure Conway House, 401 River Road, Falmouth, Virginia). 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM each day. The first Union soldiers entered Stafford County's town of Falmouth on April 18, 1862, as the Confederates burned the bridges over the Rappahannock River to the City of Fredericksburg. Return to the historic port of Falmouth for the fifth annual arrival of "Yankees in Falmouth!" (and Confederates too!). Learn the story of what the soldiers encountered when they marched into this very town nearly 150 years ago. Activities include an encampment, firing demonstrations, story-telling, Civil War artifact displays, and the reading of actual soldiers' letters from Falmouth. Self-guided walking tours are available of the historic sites in Falmouth (some private residences not open to the public), including the historic Moncure Conway House--open for this special two-day event. 2013 will mark the 6th annual Yankees in Falmouth event. Normal amenities including wood, water, straw, etc. Several Michigan Regiments were encamped at Falmouth, Virginia. This small living history is well worth the trip to Virginia. While there, a must visit is to the White Oak Museum, one of the most phenomenal Civil War museums in the country. Contact: Norman Schools at Small47@aol.com.

26 - 28. 8th Angola Civil War Days (Commons Park, Angola, Indiana). This is a time line event with emphasis on Civil War. Battle Saturday (2:00 PM)and Sunday (2:30 PM). Artillery and Cavalry bounties. Sponsored by Angola Parks and Recreation Angola American Legion Post 31. Hosted by Carpenters Battery. Website: http://www.angolacivilwardays.com. Contact: Tom Frederick at 260-316-4676.

26 - 28. River of Time Living History Encampment (South end of Veterans Park, 800 John Kennedy Drive, Bay City, Michigan). School Program also on 9-28. Civil War with Union and Confederate Military and Civilian Camps. Also Native American, Colonial, French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, World Wars I & II, and Vietnam Time Periods. Korn and Old-Time Root Beer, Witness Civil War Sea Battle, Skirmishes and Demonstrations, Shop Sutlers’ Row, Period Music, Dance and Games, and Craft Projects for children. School Presentations One Day Only: Friday September 27, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Camps open Saturday 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM and on Sunday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Sponsored by the Bay County Historical Society and the River of Time Committee. Website: http://www.riveroftime.org. Civil War contact: Paul Davis at pdmarcomm@aol.com.

27 -28.Living History: Guns n Gowns (Greenmead Historic Village, 20501 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, Michigan). Military Equipment, Drilling and Demonstrations, Field Surgeon and Medical Practices of the day, Civilian Life, Fashion Show, Temperance Rally, and much more. Presented by 17th Michigan, Company E. Website: http://www.17micoe.org. Contact: Darlene Lum at lumdarlene@yahoo.com.

28. Celebration1st Year Anniversary of Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 3:00 PM. Everyone is cordially invited to join to celebrate the first year of operation of the GAR Memorial Hal and Museum. Many changes have been made in the museum, our collection has grown, as has our membership and the public's interest in what we have to offer. Attending the festivities will be the current Director of the Michigan Historical Center and Executive Secretary of the Michigan Historical Commission, Ms. Sandra Clark, who will make some appropriate remarks on the occasion of the Museum’s first anniversary of operation. In addition, many volunteers who have made the success of the museum a reality also will be acknowledged during the afternoon. Light refreshments will be served. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com.

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--October 2014--

1 & 8. Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. The GAR building has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. The bottom floor of the building houses a Museum and contains many GAR memorabilia. The upper floor of the building is set up as it was when the Civil War Union veterans met there from 1886 to 1924. Additional GAR memorabilia also is present on this floor. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is free. For those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships are available. Also, if you are interested in helping out by volunteering at the museum, please let us know. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

2. Presentation: Michigan & the Civil War - A Great and Bloody Sacrifice (Delta College, 1961 Delta Rd, University Center, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Jack Dempsey will give a talk based on his book Michigan and the Civil War: a Great and Bloody Sacrifice, which was a 2012 Michigan Notable Book title. Jack Dempsey, former assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan, is firmly embedded in the Michigan Civil War community. He runs a popular Michigan in the Civil War blog and is the President of the Michigan Historical Commission, as well as a board member of the Michigan History Foundation and the Historical Society of Michigan. He also is a color bearer with the Civil War Preservation Trust. Dempsey is also the co-author of Ink Trail: Michigan's Famous and Forgotten Authors with his brother, Dave Dempsey. Website: www.delta.edu/llic/archives/contacts.aspx. Contact: 989-686-9874.

5. Woodland Cemetery Tour (East Fourth and Jerome Streets, Monroe, Michigan). 1:00 PM. Thirty different Monroe Civil War soldiers will be highlighted from Generals to privates, from 102nd U.S. Colored troops to a Medal of Honor recipient. The tour will be lead by historian David Ingall. Sponsored by the Friends of the Monroe County Historical Museum & the Monroe County Historical Society. Tickets: $5. Contact David Ingall at dcicw@yahoo.com.

9. Presentation: Michigan Civil War Sites and Stories (Ellis Library and Information Center, 3700 South Custer Road, Monroe Michigan). 7:00 PM. Dave Ingall, will give his new talk, Michigan Civil War Sites and Stories, extracted from his book Glory, Valor and Sacrifice: Michigan Sites Significant to the Civil War. The event is free. Contact David Ingall at dcicw@yahoo.com.

10 - 12. Hartford City Civil War Days (Hartford City, Indiana). Plenty of military and civilian camp sites available. Straw is provided, one half bale per person. Hay will be provided for mounted cavalry. Fire wood also provided and located near all camps. Free Saturday evening meal served to all reenactors. Other activities: Ladies tea, fashion show (competition), baking contest, battle, skirmishing, and on-going entertainment. Saturday night will feature night time artillery firing, mini-concert, Lincoln address and Military Ball. Sunday: church service, tactical, skirmishing, pay call, and battle. Hosts: 19th Virginia Infantry, Company C and 49th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Company F. Website: http://www.angelfire.com/in3/34IN/reenactorguide.html.

10- 12. 3rd Annual Carpenter Farm Civil War Muster (Peacock Road Tree Farm, Laingsburg, Michigan). Sponsored by the Tenth Michigan Infantry and Peacock Road Tree Farm. A great family event with period school classes in an original 1859 School House, Living History Camps near a Pioneer Cabin, horse drawn wagon rides, petting zoo with over 50 farm animals, Drills, Speed Shooting Contest, Two (2) Battle Reenactments featuring events from the Battles of Picket's Mill and Buzzard's Roost - The Atlanta Georgia Campaign of 1864, Fashion Show, Base Ball match, Vermillion Creek Tactical, Night Weapons Firing, Ladies Tea, and Church Service. A Civil War Ball is in the planning stage for the muster. Website: http://www.tenthmichiganinfantry.com. Contact: Email at tenthmich@yahoo.com or Telephone at 989-400-3904.

11. Annual Harvest Ball (Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, Michigan). Hosted by the 7th Michigan. Glen Morningstar and Ruffwater Stringband, $15/person. Contact is Linda Williams at lansinglinda@comcast.net or by Telephone at 517-484-2496.

11 - 12. 22nd Annual Wolcott Mill Civil War Days (63841 Wolcott Road, Ray, Michigan). The 150th anniversary reenactment of the Siege of Petersburg will be portrayed. There also will be a tactical on Saturday. Union Reenactors will portray the 16th Michigan and the Confederate Reenactors will portray Hood's Texas Brigade. Wood, water, straw, flush toilets, authentic camping ,and bounty for two cannons provided. Sponsored by Huron-Clinton Metro Park, Multi-Lakes Association for Civil War Studies (the 4th Texas, Co. E and the CFI)Websites: Huron-Clinton Metropark, 4th Texas, Contact: Steve Domke at demrebel@netzero.com or John Fross at ssorfj@aol.com.

11. Michigan Historical Center Civil War Sesquicentennial End of the Civil War Exhibition (Michigan Historical Center (Library/Museum, 702 W. Kalamazoo St, Lansing, Michigan). Reenactors, Living Historians, genealogy groups, Civil War organizations, Roundtables, and library and museum staff throughout the state have been invited to participate in the opening ceremonies for the Civil War Sesquicentennial. The new state Civil War Museum exhibit discussing the end of the Civil War will be being exhibited at the Michigan Historical Center/Museum from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is free. Organizations interested in setting up information tables should contact Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net. Space is limited.

16. Presentation: Victorian Funeral Customs (Welch Historical Museum located on Main Street, Sunfield, Michigan). 6:00 PM. Victorian Funeral Customs will be the subject of the next event at the Welch Historical Museum. A pot luck dinner will take place at 6 pm followed by the program at 7 pm. The speaker, Sharon Kehetian Broglin from Allen Park, Michigan has been the director of the Allen Park Historical Museum and the Allen Park Historical Commission for 23 years. A member and volunteer in various capacities at museums and for historical societies that would include Friends of Eloise, Lincoln Park Historical Museum, Houghton Lake Historical Museum, the Wyandotte Historical Museum, Preservation Wayne, Detroit Historical Museum, Fort Wayne and National Historic Preservation. Sharon has been a docent at the Henry Ford Estate, Fairlane for ten years, they are closed at this time for renovations, and a member of the Questers, a nationwide historic preservation group. Sharon also wrote the book, Allen Park, a Arcadia publication in 2006. Contact: Bruce Benedict at brucarkatie3@yahoo.com.

19.Welch and Freemire Cemetery Walk (West side of Shaytown Road, south of M-43, Sunfield, Michigan - driving directions;1 mile east of the corner of Sunfield Hwy and M-43 to Shaytown Road, and 2 ¾ miles south). 2:00 PM. The Sunfield Historical Society and the Lansing/Sunfield Curtenius Guard Camp #17, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will give a walking tour of the Welch Cemetery and the Freemire Cemetery in honor of our Civil War Veterans. Contact: Bruce Benedict at brucarkatie3@yahoo.com.

25 - 26. Historic Bowens Mills Civil War Commemorative Weekend (55 Briggs Road, Middleville, Michigan). The Sights and Sounds of the War Between the States will come alive at Historic Bowens Mills as the It s Cider Time Festivals continues. There will be a Battle both Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM. Civil War Living History Encampment is the feature this weekend, along with tours of the old mill, cider making, live music and horse drawn rides. The fun begins at 12 noon and lasts until 5:00 PM. The Civil War event is sponsored by Owen & Carleen Sabin and many loyal reenactors from Michigan and neighboring states. Artillery demonstrations along with numerous military and civilian demonstrations though out the day. Website: http://www.bowensmills.com/. Contact: Telephone 269-795-7530

28. FREE Sesquicentennial Civil War Seminar -Marines in the Civil War (Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 West Grand Ledge Hwy (M-43) in Sunfield, Michigan). 7:00 PM. The presenter will be Michael E. Unsworth. Topics discussed during the presentation will include, how the operations of the Union and Confederate Marines were closely tied to those of their navies in terms of manning and missions. The marines were relatively few but participated in numerous actions afloat and ashore. They fought on blockade duty, ship-to-ship battles, and coastal landings. This presentation will cover the marines’ prewar history, their duties, uniforms, weapons, and major operations. Mr. Unsworth is a native of Indianapolis. He has degrees from the Indianapolis and Bloomington campuses of Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame. He has worked at the libraries of Notre Dame and Colorado State Universities. He has been at the Michigan State University Libraries since 1984, initially working as History and Canadian Studies librarian. From 1999 to 2008, he was of Assistant Director of the MSU Canadian Studies Center. Beginning in 2013, he became a Special Projects librarian as part of his transition to retirement in 2016. Mr. Unsworth is the co-author of the annotated bibliography Future War Novels (1984) and the editor of Military Periodicals (1991). He has also written a number of articles, concentrating on military history. Come join us, as Michael Unsworth brings Civil War history alive with his presentation on “Marines in the Civil War”. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Each year, the Lansing/Sunfield, Camp #17, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War sponsor a series of FREE Civil War History Seminars. Website: http://suvcw.org/mi/017/announcements.htm Contact: Paul David Arnold at arnoldsuvcwmi@sbcglobal.net.

29. Presentation: True Crime in the Civil War (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Venture deep into the dark, dimly lit corners of the Civil War with Tobin T. Buhk. Eavesdrop on a trial by military commission; follow the condemned party as they head to the gallows for their final journey. Then meet Confederate Guerrilla Sue Monday, a man who dressed as a woman and terrorized the Union men tasked to hunt him down. See evidence that Sue was in fact the fiction of an inventive newspaper editor with an ax to grind. Then come face-to-face with the real man accused of Sue's crimes. See the seedy side of the conflict and meet some the characters who took the "Civil" out of the Civil War. Tobin T. Buhk is an author specializing in historic crimes. After spending a year as a morgue volunteer, he co-authored (with Kent County Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen D. Cohle) Cause of Death and Skeletons in the Closet. His love of history combined with a fascination with true crime as led to several additional books, including The Shocking Case of Helmuth Schmidt, Michigan's Original Lonely Hearts Killer, and his latest, Michigan's Strychnine Saint. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

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--November 2014--

5 & 12. Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. The GAR building has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. The bottom floor of the building houses a Museum and contains many GAR memorabilia. The upper floor of the building is set up as it was when the Civil War Union veterans met there from 1886 to 1924. Additional GAR memorabilia also is present on this floor. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is free. For those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships are available. Also, if you are interested in helping out by volunteering at the museum, please let us know. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

8. Michigan's Fifth Annual Civil War Sesquicentennial Reenactors Conference (Michigan Historical Center, 702 West Kalamazoo, Lansing, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. As with the previous annual conferences, the purpose of the reenactor conference is to help promote Michigan Civil War events and Civil War events of significance to Michigan. Individuals, organizations, and communities sponsoring and/or hosting reenactments, living histories, programs, presentations, and/or commemorations are encouraged to bring their fliers and other promotional items about their 2015 event to the conference. In addition to being an official partner in the state’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration and being able to use two Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial logos in your event’s advertisements, the conference results in your event’s publication in an established state-wide distributed web-based calendar of events and on Facebook. In 2011, 169, in 2012, 180, in 2013, 173 Civil War Sesquicentennial events have been promoted. The conference and subsequent state-wide calendar have proven to be effective tools in helping to avoid event date conflicts and in bringing in additional notice, participants, and public to your events. Finally, all events published on this calendar will become a permanent record in the Library of Congress documenting what Michigan did for the Civil War Sesquicentennial. The event is again being sponsored and hosted by the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial History Partners, Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, 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, Historic Fort Wayne Coalition, and History Remembered, Inc. Refreshments will be served. Contacts are Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net, Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net, or Tom Berlucchi at tberlucchi@yahoo.com

8. 8th Annual Detroit Veterans' Day Parade (Detroit Michigan). Staging 8:00 AM, Parade 10:00 AM. Contact Rick Danes at mimessrd@aol.com.

9. Annual Veterans Day Massing of the Colors (Michigan Historical Center, 702 West Kalamazoo, Lansing, Michigan) 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. Sponsor is the Friends of Michigan History, Inc. Contact Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net or by Telephone at 517-694-9394.

11. Veterans Day Parade (700 E Ash St., Mason, Michigan) 3:00 PM (Muster at 1:00 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 1:00 PM. 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 Son Union Veterans of the Civil War DeWitt Camp #58, Sunfield Camp #17, and Jackson Camp #7, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and reenactment organizations participate. Contact Keith Harrison atpcinc@prodigy.net or by Telephone at 517-694-9394.

11. Veterans Day: Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. The GAR building has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. The bottom floor of the building houses a Museum and contains many GAR memorabilia. The upper floor of the building is set up as it was when the Civil War Union veterans met there from 1886 to 1924. Additional GAR memorabilia also is present on this floor. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is free. For those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships are available. Also, if you are interested in helping out by volunteering at the museum, please let us know. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

23. Presentation: Boys in Blue from Michigan’s State Operated Boys Training School (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 3:00 PM. The presenter will be Lansing historian and author, Mr. Jesse Lasorda. Come hear about the role the Michigan Boys Training School (located in Lansing) and its first director in the involvement in the Underground Railroad movement and later with the Civil War. Also learn of a recent find in Michigan of several 144-year old letters that had a direct connection to the 54th Massachusetts and its recruitment of Michigan African American Soldiers, and later on the movie Glory. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

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--December 2014--

3 & 10. Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. The GAR building has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. The bottom floor of the building houses a Museum and contains many GAR memorabilia. The upper floor of the building is set up as it was when the Civil War Union veterans met there from 1886 to 1924. Additional GAR memorabilia also is present on this floor. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is free. For those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships are available. Also, if you are interested in helping out by volunteering at the museum, please let us know. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

6. A Civil War Christmas at the Fort (Historic Fort Wayne 6325 West Jefferson, Detroit, Michigan). The event commemorates American's Civil War Sesquicentennial by learning Christmas traditions from that era. Meet interpreters portraying men who served at Fort Wayne, their Confederate counterparts and the civilians they left behind. Planning is already underway for the 2013 version of A Civil War Christmas. Admission Prices for the public: $5.00 per adult, $3.00 per child 15 and under, $5.00 per car secured parking. Group rates are available. Website: http://historicfortwaynecoalition.com/christmas.html. Contact: Thomas Berlucchi at tberlucchi@yahoo.com or by Telephone at 248-840-5234.

6. Eaton Rapids Christmas Program & Parade Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in 1886 and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1886 to 1924 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1929. The GAR building has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. The bottom floor of the building houses a Museum and contains many GAR memorabilia. The upper floor of the building is set up as it was when the Civil War Union veterans met there from 1886 to 1924. Additional GAR memorabilia also is present on this floor. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is free. For those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships are available. Also, if you are interested in helping out by volunteering at the museum, please let us know. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

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