Michigan's 2015
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 2014 Civil War Sesquicentennial Events Listing)

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(Archived Michigan's 2012 Civil War Sesquicentennial Events Listing)

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


--January 2015--

13. Presentation: The Jackson Zouaves (Meijer Branch of Jackson District Library, 2699 Airport Rd. Jackson, Michigan). 6:30 PM. The presenter will be John Gibney. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/710679885680603/. Contact: Jim Grose at jegrose@comcast.net .

31. 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 2015--

7 - April. New Exhibit: The Grand Army in Post Cards. (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 will be presenting a new exhibit chronicling the Grand Army of the Republic in Post Cards. Highly colorful post cards were very popular during the turn of the 20th century and lasting through the 1930s and 1940s. There were many themes associated with the various postcards. In terms of the Grand Army of the Republic, there was Memorial or Decoration Day, Remembrance of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln – especially during his 100th anniversary of his birth in 1909, and World War I and II with shadows of Grand Army Veterans providing moral support to the World War I or II soldiers. The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum was opened in September 2013. The 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. Different levels of sponsorships ($25 - $200) are available for those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

7 - May 30. Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 Grand Opening of Lincoln at Cleveland Exhibit (Cleveland Public Library, 325 Superior Ave., N.E., Cleveland, Ohio). 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Exhibit commemorates Lincoln's life and the time his funeral train came through Cleveland in 1865. Normal hours museum will be open Monday - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. All Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 events and programs co-sponsored by the Ohio Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Contact: ohiomollus@aol.com or by telephone at 330-855-4251.

10. Presentation: Michigan Engineers (Meijer Branch of Jackson District Library, 2699 Airport Rd. Jackson, Michigan). 6:30 PM. The presenter will be Mark Hoffman. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/710679885680603/. Contact: Jim Grose at jegrose@comcast.net .

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. Exhibit: Lincoln's Birthday (Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum was opened in September 2013. The 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. Different levels of sponsorships ($25 - $200) are available for those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

21. 19th Annual Mid-Winter Civil War Grand Ball (Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capital, Lansing, Michigan) 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, 2015. Tickets also will be available at door. Contact: Diana Means at Dmeans13@hotmail.com or by Telephone at 810-599-5935.

24. FREE Sesquicentennial Civil War Seminar - Michigan Capitol Battle Flag Collection (Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 West Grand Ledge Hwy (M-43) in Sunfield, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Approximately 90,000 Michigan soldiers fought in the American Civil War and almost 15,000 made the ultimate sacrifice. The bullet-torn, blood-stained battle flags that these men carried and died beneath were their proudest possessions. They stood for the Union, for their loved ones back home, and also as the rallying point in combat. The presenter will be Matt Van Acker. Matt serves as the Director of the State Capitol Tour Guide and Information Service and as Co-Chair of Save The Flags (the state’s project to research and preserve the Michigan State Capitol Battle Flag collection). He received a Bachelor of Arts degree is from Michigan State University with a major in History Education and a minor in Political Science. He started working at the Capitol the year after the restoration was complete in March 1993 and has served first as the acting director and then director since 2001. His association with the Capitol Battle Flag Collection started shortly after he began working in the Capitol and he has spent the better part of the last 20 years assisting in the care, research, and conservation of the Collection. 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.

28. Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 Civil War Concert (Old Stone Church Sanctuary, 91 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio). Doors open at 6:00 PM, Concert from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Concert provided by the 73rd Ohio Regimental Band. All Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 events and programs co-sponsored by the Ohio Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Contact: ohiomollus@aol.com or by telephone at 330-855-4251.

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--March 2015--

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 Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum was opened in September 2013. The 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. Different levels of sponsorships ($25 - $200) are available for those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

10. Presentation: The Youngest Nurse At Annapolis (Meijer Branch of Jackson District Library, 2699 Airport Rd. Jackson, Michigan). 6:30 PM. The presenter will be Ellen Smith . Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/710679885680603/ Contact: Jim Grose at jegrose@comcast.net .

14. Victorian Spring Ball (221 West Baker Street Fort Wayne, Indiana). Dance workshop: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Dance: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Hosted by the the 30th Indiana Civil War Reenactors, Inc. at the historic Baker Street Train Station. Doors open for evening dance 5:00 PM, Grand March to begin at 7:00 PM. Appetizers and Desserts will be served throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchased for $40 a person. Send payment to: 30th Indiana, 3223 Marias Drive, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46815. Contact for tickets and information: Sue Pfeiffer at spfeiffer@acpl.lib.in.us or by telephone at 260-422-3604.

21 - 22. Black Powder Gun Show: 40th 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. 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.

21 - 22. 150th Anniversary Battle of Bentonville (5466 Harper House Rd. Four Oaks, North Carolina). Registration Costs: $20.00 per Individual (military or civilian) until January 31, 2015; $25.00 per Individual (military or civilian) from February 1, through March 1, 2015, $35.00 per Individual Walk-ons (military or civilian); Children under 12, there is no registration fee. Artillery registration is closed! No exceptions! Confederate Command: Jake Jennette (ANV). Federal Command: Darrell Markijohn (USV). Registration Website: http://fobb.net/150thBentonville/Registration.aspx.

26. Presentation: Beyond Hardtack and Coffee: Foodways of the Union Army (GAR Memorial Hall and Museum, 224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 7 PM. Moving beyond “hardtack and coffee,” the basic story of Union Army food, a broader look will be taken at the diet, tastes, economics, transportation and food technology of Union soldiers. Army foodways were affected by social, economic, and technological developments in the North, as well as global military advances. The solutions created to feed the army, in turn, spurred leaps in civilian food technology, processing, and productionThe presenter will be Eric Perkins. Mr. Perkins is a historian with the Michigan Historical Museum where he cares for artifact collections and develops exhibits. He is a regular presenter on military topics for the Museum’s Big History Lesson, an in-depth, hands-on program for grade school children. He also has presented on Civil War topics for the Smithsonian Associates. Mr. Perkins holds master’s degrees from Norwich University in military history and Michigan State University in anthropology. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

28. Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 Civil War Living History Program (Cleveland Public Library, 325 Superior Ave., N.E., Cleveland, Ohio). 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Program to include stations regarding soldier's life, women's roles, and a scavenger hunt.. Held in conjunction with the 20th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company G, Living History Association and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. All Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 events and programs co-sponsored by the Ohio Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Contact: ohiomollus@aol.com or by telephone at 330-855-4251.

28. 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 over growth 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.

28 - 29. 150th Anniversary Sailor's Creek (Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park, Rice, Virginia). The Original 121st at Sailor’s Creek numbered nearly 300 men. Research indicates that 8 companies were present at the battle. We will look to portray the present for duty numbers of the regiment as closely as possible. The commander of this effort will be William Eichler. Will commanded the 24th Michigan/1st Maryland (U.S.) at BGA Gettysburg. He also will be commanding the Federal battalion at Franklin 150th Anniversary Living History. Hosts: A collaboration between the Sally Port Mess, SCLI and Western Rifles. Contact Will Eichler at steadiwill@earthlink.net. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/272966972886212/.

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--April 2015--

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 Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum was opened in September 2013. The 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. Different levels of sponsorships ($25 - $200) are available for those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

9. Presentation: The Mystery of Dr. Samuel Mudd and John Wilkes Booth (East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Rd., East Lansing, Michigan). 7 PM. Thomas Mudd, the great-great-great grandson of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was convicted of aiding the assassin John Wilkes Booth, will bring his case to the East Lansing Public Library, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 9. Mr. Mudd will argue that his infamous relative was not complicit with Booth involving the assassination. The event is sponsored by the istorical Society of Greater Lansing and the Friends of the East Lansing Public Library. Website: Historical Society of Greater Lansing. Contact: Valerie R. Marvin at 517-282-0671.

10 - 12. 150th Anniversary Appomattox (Appomattox Center for Business & Commerce Industrial Park Lane, Appomattox, Virginia [About one mile northwest of Route 460 and the town of Appomattox]). The Long Road Home 150th Appomattox re-enactment event is open to all units desiring to participate. Once our maximum capacity is reached, registration will close and that information will be posted on their website below. Because of the size of this event and the planning that must be done to produce a quality event for both participants and spectators, walk-on participant registrations at the time of the event will not be allowed. Website: http://appomattoxhistoricalsociety.org/150th.htm. Registration Form Website: http://appomattoxhistoricalsociety.org/index_htm_files/2015%20LRH%20registration%20form.pdf.

11. Presentation: Civil War Love Letters (Auditorium, Michigan Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, Michigan). 2 PM. Erik Nelson, manager of the English Inn, and his wife, Kristin, will do a dramatic reading of the Civil War letters sent by Michigan Union Soldier, Nathan Adams to Emily Parsons between 1861 and 1865. The letters are held in the Library of Michigan's Rare Book Room where they will be displayed along with other Civil War era items The event is sponsored by the Historical Society of Greater Lansing and the Library of Michigan. Website: Historical Society of Greater Lansing. Contact: Valerie R. Marvin at 517-282-0671.

11 - 12. 58th 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. Contact rpetro7776@aol.com or by Telephone at 636-274-4567.

14. Presentation: Abraham Lincoln (Meijer Branch of Jackson District Library, 2699 Airport Rd. Jackson, Michigan). 6:30 PM. The presenter will be Fred Priebe . Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/710679885680603/. Contact: Jim Grose at jegrose@comcast.net .

15. Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 Civil War Concert (Soldiers and Sailors Monument, 298 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio). Noon. Ceremony to honor Abraham Lincoln and to remember the day of his death. All Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 events and programs co-sponsored by the Ohio Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Contact: ohiomollus@aol.com or by telephone at 330-855-4251.

15. Lincoln Chair Exhibit (Museum Plaza, Henry Form Museum, 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, Michigan). 9:30 AM - 5 PM. Experience a rare moment on the museum floor as the chair in which Lincoln was sitting when he was shot will be removed from its glass enclosure and placed on a special stage for a closeup look. Members of the Federal Headquarters Mess will re-create the honor guard provided by the famed 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry in 1865. This much-decorated regiment was especially chosen to accompany Abraham Lincoln’s body as it made its way from the Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois, to Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lincoln’s final resting place. Henry Ford’s uncle, Barney Litogot, was a member of the 24th. Admission to Henry Ford Museum is waived, courtesy of Target. Website: http://TheHenryFord.org. Contact: Brian Eagan or by telephone at 330-855-4251.: 313-982-6041.

15. Presentation: The Importance of Women in the Civil War (1885 Courthouse, 100 Lawrence Ave., Charlotte, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Shirley Hodges will be presenting a discussion on the role of women during the Civil War and their importance to the trops and the home front. At 5:30 there is a social time before the meeting. Those who would care to come are encouraged to pick up something and join us for dinner. Contact: Shirley Hodges at genealogyshirl@hotmail.com.

15. Panel Discussion: The Lincoln Chair Revealed, Bringing the Legend to Light (Museum Plaza, Henry Form Museum, 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, Michigan). 11 AM - 2 PM. In this panel discussion, experts from The Henry Ford will discuss the most frequently asked questions about the Lincoln Chair. If ever there will a ground-zero discussion on the Lincoln chair from April 14, 1865 to April 15, 2015, it will be with the panel discussion offered on April 15. The panel will discuss everything from why THF has the chair and its history here, to the conservation and analysis of material found on the chair (including two drops of blood – but whose?). A framework will be provided of the event as to the nature of the wound/assassination and more. Admission to Henry Ford Museum is waived, courtesy of Target, Website: http://TheHenryFord.org. Contact: Brian Eagan or by telephone at 330-855-4251.: 313-982-6041.

16 - 18. *Postponed* Reenactment: Sesquicentennial Lincoln Assassination Anniversary (Tibbits Opera House, 14 South Hanchett Street, Coldwater, Michigan). 7:00 P.M.(Each night). Take a step back in history and witness the dastardly deed that ended the life of the Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln. For four days, the City of Coldwater, Michigan will observe the Sesquicentennial of the death of President Lincoln. The feature of the weekend will be reenactments of highlights of the Presidency of Lincoln concluding with his assassination at the Ford’s Theatre. These reenactments will be presented in the historic Tibbits Opera House, built in 1882 and recently refurbished. Other activities will include Lincoln’s funeral procession including a recreation of his funeral bier, and funeral train. Capping off the weekend will be a Grand Ball and ecumenical Sunday service. Reenactor inquiries welcome. Face Book page – Sesquicentennial Lincoln Assassination Anniversary Re-enactment. Contact: dyee@discover-michigan.com or call 517-278-0241.

17. Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 Presentation - United States Colored Troops Reaction to the Death of Lincoln (Soldiers and Sailors Monument, 298 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio). 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Presentation by Dr. Leonne Hudson, Associate Professor at Kent State University. All Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 events and programs co-sponsored by the Ohio Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Contact: ohiomollus@aol.com or by telephone at 330-855-4251.

24. Capitol Grounds Civil War Monument Tour (Michigan State Capitol, Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan). 6:30 PM. Built in the years following the Civil War, the Michigan State Capitol stands as a memorial to the Michigan faithful who answered the call to preserve the Union and end the scourge of slavery. The architecture of the building, including the early use of a tall cast iron dome, echoes the renovations carried out on the national capitol during the Civil War, and the grounds are dotted with memorials honoring Michigan men and women who sacrificed much during the war years. This walk will include information about both the Capitol s exterior architecture and the memorials, including the statue of Austin Blair, Michigan s Civil War Governor, the First Michigan Sharpshooters Monument, the Grand Army of the Republic monument, and the Women s Relief Corps Monument. The walk will also tell the story of the first painting of the Capitol s dome by a disabled Civil War Veteran, Allen Shattuck. Hosted by the Historical Society of Greater Lansing and the Michigan State Capitol Tour Service. Website: http://www.lansinghistory.org. Contact: Valerie R. Marvin at vrmarvin@sbcglobal.net.

25. Mount Hope Civil War Cemetery Tour (1800 E. Mt. Hope Ave, Lansing, Michigan). 1:00 PM. Descendants of Civil War soldiers and local historians will present brief biographies of 6 Lansing Civil War veterans buried in Lansing s Mount Hope Cemetery, including Luther Baker, who led the party that captured John Wilkes Booth, Charles T. Foster, the first men from Lansing to enlist, and an African American soldier who served with the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, the first northern raised regiment made up of entirely African Americans. Also, Dr. George E. Ranney, recipient of the Medal of Honor during the Civil War, will be honored by fellow Medal of Honor recipient and Korean War veteran Duane Dewey. Dewey will lay a wreath at Ranney s grave. Dewey received his medal for shielding his fellow squad members from a live grenade with his own body, causing him to sustain serious wounds when the grenade exploded. Hosted by the Historical Society of Greater Lansing and the Curtenius Guard Camp #17, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Website: http://www.lansinghistory.org. Contact: Valerie R. Marvin at vrmarvin@sbcglobal.net.

25. Presentation: Luther Baker and the Capture of John Wilkes Booth (Dart Auditorium, Lansing Community College, 500 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, Michigan). 4:00 PM. Historian Steve Miller of Chicago will give a keynote address on the capture of John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, led by Lansing s own Luther Baker, cousin of Lafayette Baker, founded of the Secret Service. The speech will detail Baker s chase as Booth slid through the shadows away from Washington and into the former Confederacy. Miller will also examine the men that made up Baker s party, focusing particularly on Luther and Lafayette Baker, and their return to Lansing. Hosted by the Historical Society of Greater Lansing and Lansing Community College. Website: http://www.lansinghistory.org. Contact: Valerie R. Marvin at vrmarvin@sbcglobal.net.

25. 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 25th or $20 dollars each at the door. 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.

25 - 26. POSSIBLE Battalion Drill: (Historical Fort Wayne, 6325 Jefferson, Detroit, Michigan). Check back occasionally for more information. Website: http://www.fortwaynebattaliondrill.com. Contact: Will Eichler at will@williameichler.com .

26. Presentation: Civil War Foods of the North and South (Michigan Historical Center Auditorium, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, Michigan). 1:15 PM. Food historian and MSU Professor Helen Veit will speak on the first two publications in the American Food in History series, Food in the Civil War Era: The North, and Food in the Civil War Era: The South. Veit s presentation will include recipes, historical misunderstandings about food, differences between food in America s vastly varied landscapes, and will reveal a peak into the food ways common in America 150 years ago. Hosted by the Historical Society of Greater Lansing and the Michigan Historical Center. Website: http://www.lansinghistory.org. Contact: Valerie R. Marvin at vrmarvin@sbcglobal.net.

26. Presentation: Michigan's Civil War Battle Flags (Michigan Historical Center Auditorium, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, Michigan). 2:30 PM. Join historian and Save the Flags co-chair Matt VanAcker for a behind the scenes visit the Michigan Civil War Battle Flag Collection. Approximately 90,000 Michigan soldiers fought in the American Civil War and almost 15,000 made the ultimate sacrifice. The bullet torn, blood stained battle flags that these men carried and died beneath were their proudest possessions, they stood for the Union, for their loved ones back home and also as the rallying point in combat. The Michigan Capitol Battle Flag collection, includes 240 battle flags carried by Michigan soldiers in the Civil War, the Spanish American War and World War I. This visit to the flag storage facility at the State Historical Center in Lansing will focus on the Civil War collection, flag terminology, the importance of flags in battle, some specific regimental histories in connection with the flags and the history of the collection including current conservation efforts. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Greater Lansing, Save the Flags, and the Michigan Historical Center Website: http://www.lansinghistory.org. Contact: Valerie R. Marvin at vrmarvin@sbcglobal.net.

26. Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 Lincoln Memorial Processional (Cleveland City Hall Mall C, 601 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio). 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Solemn Processional to recreate and memorialize the original funeral procession for President Lincoln in 1865 in Cleveland. Line up begins at 11:00 AM with step off at 1:00 PM. Period attire requested. All Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 events and programs co-sponsored by the Ohio Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Participants must be pre registered. Pre register at either http://www.lincolnatcleveland.org. or contact ohiomollus@aol.com or by telephone at 330-855-4251.

26. Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 Ecumenical Church Service (Old Stone Church Sanctuary, 91 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio). 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM. Church service to remember and pay respects to the late President Abraham Lincoln. Doors open at 3:00 PM. Cookie reception follows. All Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 events and programs co-sponsored by the Ohio Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Contact ohiomollus@aol.com or by telephone at 330-855-4251.

26. Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 Presentation - Lincoln, Gettysburg and the Civil War at 150 (Old Stone Church Sanctuary, 91 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio). 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Presentation by the Honorable Frank Williams. Sponsored by the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable. All Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 events and programs co-sponsored by the Ohio Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Contact ohiomollus@aol.com or by telephone at 330-855-4251.

28. Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 Historic Marker Dedication and Unveiling (Soldiers and Sailors Monument, 298 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio). Noon. Marker to commemorate Lincoln's second visit to the city of Cleveland, Ohio and to recognize the tribute that Cleveland made. All Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 events and programs co-sponsored by the Ohio Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Contact ohiomollus@aol.com or by telephone at 330-855-4251.

28. FREE Sesquicentennial Civil War Seminar -The Sultana Disaster (Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 West Grand Ledge Hwy (M-43) in Sunfield, Michigan). 7:00 PM. The presenter will be Gary Holmes. The explosion of the steamboat Sultana occurred on April 27, 1865, At the time it was considered the worst maritime disaster in American history. Not only did more than 1,500 people die, but most of the dead were former Union Army prisoners of war, headed home to their families after their release from Andersonville and other notorious confederate prisoner of war camps. The Sultana was a 1,700-ton steamboat with a capacity to carry only a “few hundred” people. At the time of the explosion the steamboat was grossly over crowded with more than 2,500 soldiers aboard. So much so, that parts of the steamboat had to be re enforced to carry them. It was headed for Cairo, Illinois. A little north of Memphis its boiler exploded. There were no life boats or life jackets on board and loss of life was tremendous. 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 2015--

1. Sesquicentennial Civil War Concert: (Lincoln Museum, 212 N. 6th Street, Springfield, Illinois). Noon. The Fifth Michigan Regimental Band will be playing at various locations during the Springfield, Illinois Sesquicentennial Train Event. Contact: Carol Smith at gandcsmith@comcast.net.

1. Sesquicentennial Civil War Concert: (Benediictine University, 1500 N. 5th Street, Springfield, Illinois). 5:30 PM. The Fifth Michigan Regimental Band will be playing at various locations during the Springfield, Illinois Sesquicentennial Train Event. Contact: Carol Smith at gandcsmith@comcast.net.

2. Civil War Sesquicentennial Dinner and Concert. Enjoy an evening with President and Mrs Lincoln and the Livingston County Concert Band. (Parker Middle School, 400 Wright Road, Howell, Michigan). 5:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Concert. Enjoy an authentic White House dinner with President and Mrs. Lincoln as they share with their guests stories of life in the White House, the Civil War, their family and more! Menu includes: Abe’s Favorite Chicken Fricassee, Roast Beef, Mary Todd’s Molasses Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Root Vegetables, Garden Salad and Bread. Tickets: $35 adults; $30 Seniors; $30 Children 12 and under. Tickets available at Brighton Chamber of Commerce Office, Howell Chamber of Commerce office, and online at http://www.lccbmusic.org. The dinner will be followed at 7:00 PM with a Livingston County Concert Band Civil War Patriotic theme concert with President Lincoln narrating Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait. The 7:00 PM Concert is free. Contact: Laura Hogan at jjhogan@talkamerica.net or livingstoncountyconcertband@gmail.com.

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. Early price admission is $25.00; after March 29, tickets are $30.00. For more information visit http://www.victoriandays.org/ball or call 517-316-6694.

2. Sesquicentennial Civil War Concert: (Train Station, 3rd and Jefferson, Springfield, Illinois). 8:30 AM. The Fifth Michigan Regimental Band will be playing at various locations during the Springfield, Illinois Sesquicentennial Train Event. Contact: Carol Smith at gandcsmith@comcast.net.

2. Sesquicentennial Civil War Concert: (Lincoln Home National Historic Site, 8th and Jackson Street, Springfield, Illinois). 12:30 PM. The Fifth Michigan Regimental Band will be playing at various locations during the Springfield, Illinois Sesquicentennial Train Event. Contact: Carol Smith at gandcsmith@comcast.net.

2. Sesquicentennial Civil War Concert: (Lincoln Park 1601 N. 5th Street, Springfield, Illinois). 6:30 PM. The Fifth Michigan Regimental Band will be playing at various locations during the Springfield, Illinois Sesquicentennial Train Event. Contact: Carol Smith at gandcsmith@comcast.net.

2 - 3. Living History and Commemoration Parades 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Funeral (Springfield Illinois). Come assist the 24th Michigan during the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's funeral. The event will include two parades. The first on Saturday is about 1 mile and will accompany a hearse from the train station to the Old Capitol. There will also be some ceremonial activities to mark the occasion. A replica of the original train will be pulling to the station containing the casket. On Sunday, the parade will be from the Old Capitol to the crypt and will be about 3 miles long. This will be a dress uniform event – shine your brass and wear white gloves. Hardee hats and frocks coats would be preferred, but actually, many of the original Iron Brigade members wore sack coats. There will be no firing by infantry, so no ammo. There will be a military camp, and authentic civilian camp and a mixed camp. Registration is on line and is by the individual. Cost is $20. The original 24th Michigan was stationed at Springfield at the end of the war and participated as part of the honor guard for Lincoln's funeral. Registration Website: http://lincolnfuneraltrain.org/participant_info.php. Contact: Craig DeCrane, 24th Michigan at decrane@buckeye-express.com/.

2 - 3. Civil War Show: 38th Ohio Civil War Show and 23rd 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 military items, book, prints, etc. $6.00 Admission, children under 12 - free. Free Parking. Website: http://www.ohiocivilwarshow.com. Telephone: 419-884-2194.

2 - 4. Civil War Muster at Grand Ledge Island Park (Grand Ledge Island Park, Grand Ledge, Michigan). Activities include skirmishes, living history, firing demonstration/contest, and vintage baseball game. This is being held in conjunction with Grand Ledge's Victorian Days. Water, bathrooms, firewood, and straw provided. Hosted by the 22nd Michigan and 8th Arkansas. Contact sylvania@victoriandays.org

3. Sesquicentennial Civil War Concert: (First Presbyterian Church ( Lincoln Church), 321 Seventh Street, Springfield, Illinois). 10 AM. The Fifth Michigan Regimental Band will be playing at various locations during the Springfield, Illinois Sesquicentennial Train Event. Contact: Carol Smith at gandcsmith@comcast.net.

3. Sesquicentennial Civil War Concert: (Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument, Springfield, Illinois). 2 PM. The Fifth Michigan Regimental Band will be playing at various locations during the Springfield, Illinois Sesquicentennial Train Event. Contact: Carol Smith at gandcsmith@comcast.net.

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 Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum was opened in September 2013. The 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. Different levels of sponsorships ($25 - $200) are available for those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

9. Presentation: The Importance of Women in the Civil War (Lake Odessa Museum Complex, 1117 Emerson St., Lake Odessa, Michigan). 1:00 PM. Shirley Hodges will talk about fascinating women who lived through the Civil War period. Women played a very important role in this tragic four-year conflict. Unlike any war prior, women shouldered a lot of responsibility in the soldier’s family and home life. Come listen to these interesting stories and hear how important women’s roles were in this era. Contact: Ionia County Genealogical Society at ioniacogensoc@yahoo.com.

9 -10. Annual Brian Haack Memorial Artillery Match (Blue Water Sportsman's Club, 4866 Ravenswood Rd., Kimball,, Michigan). 200 yard live fire artillery match. Open to the public Contact: Norm Gibson at nhdlgibson@comcast.net.

14. Presentation: Civil War Veterans of Monroe, County (Monroe County Museum, 126 South Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan ). 7:00 PM. Loretta Dunham, Genealogical Society of Monroe County, and Chris Kull, Curator of Collections, Monroe County Historical Museum, will make a presentation on the Civil War Veterans of Monroe County. Civil War Veterans of Monroe County was a multi-year collaborative project of the Friends of the Monroe County Historical Museum and the Genealogical Society of Monroe County. Through countless volunteer and staff hours, they created the most accurate compilation of Monroe County’s Civil War veterans. Copies of the Civil War Veterans of Monroe County will be available for purchase. Website: http://MonroeCountyMuseum.com.

15 - 17. Civil War Reenactment (Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana). Watch eyes grow wide when horses charge and cannons roar as reenactors from across the country bring an 1860s battle to life again. Young and old can learn firsthand what the Civil War was about from both Union and Confederate soldiers during Civil War Days weekend. Create a memory sure to last a lifetime when you experience the Civil War for yourself. Reenactors Contact: Rob Van robert_r_van@yahoo.com Website: http://civilwar.connerprairie.org/. Contact: info@connerprairie.org or by telephone at 800-966-1836.

16. Lamont Spring Festival (4670 Leonard St Coopersville, Michigan). All Day. Civil War Living History Encampment, Community Fund Raiser/Craft show/Car Show sponsored by the Lamont Civic Association. Contact Heidi Parcher at the_parcher_house@yahoo.com or by telephone at 616-635-7065. Website: http://LamontontheGrand.com.

21 - 24. Branch County (Coldwater) Civil War Days - Battle of Perryville (Heritage Park, Coldwater, Michigan). Friday 4:00 PM train ride with Abraham Lincoln. Saturday & Sunday : Civil War artifacts & displays, Horse drawn wagon rides, Union & Confederate Camp Life, Schoolhouse program with hourly lessons & outdoor civil war games, Civil War music Vintage Baseball Game at Battlefield, Ladies Tea & Fashion Show, 2:00 PM Battle, PM Meal for Reenactors Only, 7:00 PM Military & Civilian Ball with Glen Morning Star Jr. & Ruffwater Band, Night Firing of Canons (weather permitting). Also a Non-denominational Church Service on Sunday. Bathrooms and wood, straw, hay, water available for reenactors. Website: http://www.cwcwmi.com, Facebook at Branch County Civil War Days, or by Telephone at 517-462-1054.

23 - 25. Greenfield Village Civil War Remembrance (20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Michigan). Hosted by Greenfield Village. Hundreds of Union and Confederate reenactors, civilians, musicians and historic presenters — all in period clothing — converge, eager to share their knowledge with you. There are dozens of opportunities to learn more about this pivotal time in American history: exhibits, presentations, battle tactics demonstration, hands-on activities and insights from historians. Join us in honoring the sacrifices and achievements of all those who bravely fought and continue to fight in defense of our great nation. The Henry Ford will participate in a national moment of silence at 3 pm Monday as signaled by the Armington & Sims shop whistle. Amenities include firewood, straw, modern camping, military ball, sutlers. This event is by invitation only for reenactors. Website: www.thehenryford.org/events/civilwarremembrance.aspx.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

25 - 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 1970s 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 Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum was opened in September 2013. The 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. Different levels of sponsorships ($25 - $200) are available for those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

28. Presentation: The Antecedents of the Inevitable Conflict, the Civil War (GAR Memorial Hall and Museum, 224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 7 PM. The events will be presented that put this Nation on a collision course that was destined from the formation of this country. This presentation will leave you on the eve of the most tumultuous period in this Nation's History. Many of the events and individuals who helped pushed the country towards this cataclysmic event will be highlighted and discussed. The speaker will be Larry Griffin, current president of the Friends of Michigan History Inc. He was born in Florida and educated in the Florida public school system. He completed his graduate work in history at Florida Atlantic University, and Geography at Michigan State University. Mr. Griffin served as a Historian for the Michigan Historical museum for 25 years and taught African American history and Michigan history at Saginaw Valley State University from 1991 to 2003. He also has served as an adjunct staff member at Lansing Community College and has been a guest lecturer at Michigan State University on the topics of Philosophy and Cultural Diversity and Immigration. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

30. Civil War Grave Rededication (Pine Ridge Cemetery, SE Corner of Tuscola Rd (M-15) and Ridge Rd., Bay City, Michigan). 11 AM. The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War U.S. Grant Camp #67 will be holding a grave dedication program for Corporal Luther Matthew Ellison, Company A of the 10th Michigan Infantry. The Pine Ridge Cemetery was abandoned in 1931 by the death of its owner. It then progressed into a jungle. In 1996, a group was formed to try to restore the cemetery. The cemetery contains many early pioneers of Bay City. It also is the burial place of 152 known Civil War Veterans including one Confederate Veteran. The cemetery also has a Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) monument and a Civil War era siege cannon. Most of the burials are in a area that is called "Soldiers' Rest". This area was purchased by Bay County Commissioners in 1880 to be used for Veteran burials. Later this area was deeded over to the GAR. The US Grant Camp #67 has been working to clean up this cemetery. Along with the grave dedication, the Camp will be having a used book sale to help raise funds to continue the work in the cemetery. These books that will be on sale will be on the Civil War, Bay City History, and Michigan History. Contact: Jim Petrimoulx at jpetri221@att.net.

30. Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 Traditional Memorial Day Observance (Soldiers and Sailors Monument, 298 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio). Noon. All Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 events and programs co-sponsored by the Ohio Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Contact ohiomollus@aol.com or by telephone at 330-855-4251.

30. Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 Civil War Illustrations Exhibit (Cleveland Public Library, 325 Superior Ave., N.E., Cleveland, Ohio). 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM. Illustrations by Jesse Wilder. All Lincoln at Cleveland 2015 events and programs co-sponsored by the Ohio Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Contact ohiomollus@aol.com or by telephone at 330-855-4251.

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--June 2015--

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 Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum was opened in September 2013. The 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. Different levels of sponsorships ($25 - $200) are available for those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Gary Gibson, Board Secretary, at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

5 -7. 2nd Annual Mooresville Living History and Battle reenactment (19631 County Road 687, South Haven, Michigan). Event will take place on private property with a small park-like setting where the owner has built several period style buildings (A mill-type building, covered wagons, a chapel, headquarters, and a covered bridge that spans a pond), and has plenty of room for campsites both in a wooded lot and easy to access open/flat area. Seven miles from South Haven and Lake Michigan beaches. Firewood, water, porta-jons. Saturday night meal provided. Contact: Mike Lechenet at 269-925-2783.

6. 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.

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.

6 - 7. 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.

13. Civil War Grave Honoring Headstone Dedication and Ceremony (Three Pines Burial Ground (Cha-wa-use-skah-keaug Cemetery), S. Seymour Road, Swartz Creek, Michigan (the Old Crapo Farm)). 11:00 AM. Grave honoring ceremony and headstone dedication conducted by the Lt. Edwin T. Carrington Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the Union with the Gov. Crapo Camp No. 145 of Flint, Sons of Union Veterans, and Co. A, 14th Michigan Infantry, Sons of Veterans Reserve, in conjunction with the Swartz Creek Historical Society. New VA headstones for brothers Joseph Fisher, Pvt. Co. M, 8th Michigan Cavalry and Madison Fisher, Pvt. Co. D, 23rd Michigan Infantry will be dedicated. Descendants of both men will be present for the ceremony. The Three Pines Burial Ground is an inactive burial ground of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. It is located on the west side of Swartz Creek on the west side of S. Seymour Road just south of the railroad crossing. Enter the burial ground at the sign on the third driveway on the right after the railroad crossing. Swartz Creek is accessible from I-69 (use the Morrish Road exit and go south to Miller Road, then west on Miller past the intersection for N. Seymour Rd., then about 2 blocks to S. Seymour Rd. on the left). Contact: information@govcrapocamp145.org.

13 - 14. 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.

20. Civil War Relic Show (Sandy Pines Wilderness Trails, 2745 136th Avenue, Hopkins, Michigan). Noon to 4:00 PM. For those wishing to provide items to show, contact Gene Van Koevering at 616-896-8315 or find us on Facebook (Sandy Pines Wilderness Trails).

20 - 21. Turkeyville Civil War Reenactment (Turkeyville U.S.A, 18935 15 1/2 Mile Road, Marshall, Michigan). Free to the public, but donations appreciated. Battles, 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 elyse@turkeyville.com or by Telephone at 517-626-4336.

26 - 28. Civil War Reenactment: 1861 - 1865 Remembered (Sandy Pines Wilderness Trails, 2745 136th Avenue, Hopkins, Michigan). 3:00 PM Friday through 3:00 PM Sunday. JJune 26 - 28, 2015, continues Sandy Pines Wilderness Trails’ commitment to being a sponsor of one of a few premier annual Civil War reenactments/living history events in Michigan that serve to 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 continues to reach out to Union and Confederate Infantry and Artillery reenactors, Civil War impersonators, period military and civilian musicians, sutlers, and historians to take part in the June 26 – 28, 2015 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).

29. Log Cabin Day in Michigan The Log Cabin Society of Michigan was organized for the preservation of our log cabin history. Over the years many log cabins have been added to our list that are open for tours in June of each year. Experience the history of the different log cabins in our state that date back to the pioneer days. Over 100 log cabin in Michigan are open for viewing. Website: http://www.qtm.net/logcabincrafts/.

30. FREE Sesquicentennial Civil War Seminar -South Carolinians in Lee's Army: Gregg/McGowan's Brigade (Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 West Grand Ledge Hwy (M-43) in Sunfield, Michigan). 7:00 PM. The presenter will be Ben Cwayn. 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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--July 2015--

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 Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum was opened in September 2013. The 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. Different levels of sponsorships ($25 - $200) are available for those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Gary Gibson at GARmichigan@gmail.com.

4. Exhibit: Independence Day (Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, 224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski at GARmichigan@gmail.com.

11 - 12. 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 annual Underground Railroad Days 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.

18 - 19. Long Range Artillery Matchup (Michigan National Guard Base in Grayling, Michigan). Range 35 at Camp Grayling will echo with the sights, sounds, and smells of historic ordnance, in use once again. For the 21st year, a long range competition with historic ordnance is sponsored by Loomis’ Battery of Michigan light artillery at Camp Grayling and the public is invited to observe the activities. Approximately twenty Civil War and Spanish American War field guns are expected to take part in the competition, as well as a dozen Civil War mortars. The use of historic cannon in modern recreational competition began back in the 1950s and continues in various organizations, most notably in the North – South Skirmish Association east of the Mississippi, and the Civil War Skirmish Association, from there to the West Coast. Since most all of the completions are tied to private civilian ranges the historic cannon have rarely been fired beyond 200 yards, until the Camp Grayling matches began in 1990. Now the historic guns are firing at realistic ranges up to 1200 yards, and their real potential can be appreciated. Contact: Visitor Center at visitor@grayling-mi.com or by telephone at 800-937-8837.

18 - 19. 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 Pre register at no charge. The on-site registration fee is $10.00 per reenactor. Pre registration required/fee for walk-ons. Website and registration form/information at http://www.charltonpark.org/news_events/special_events.html. Contact: info@charltonpark.org.

25. Annual Summer Ice Cream Social (Pine Grove Museum/Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society, 405 Cesar Chavez Ave. Pontiac, Michigan). 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Admission: $5/Adult and $10/Family of 5. Celebrating the final year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, this event features a Civil War cannon, brief Lectures by Historical figures, period exhibits, and an old fashioned atmosphere. There are tours of the "Greek Revival" Mansion and grounds belonging to Colonel Moses Wisner, the 12th Governor of Michigan. Also included are Opening Ceremonies, local dignitaries, free Cake and Ice Cream, Veterans Mobile Service Center, Junior ROTC, a Curiosity Sale, Kid's crafts, Storytellers, and many other attractions. Free secure parking on site. Planning for this July 25, 2015 event is ongoing and updates will be made on our website (www.ocphs.org) and Face Book (www.facebook.com/pages/Oakland-County-Pioneer-and-Historical-Society). For more details, any Interested reenactment groups or individuals please contact OCPHS by Email at office@ocphs.org or by Telephone (office open Tues/Wed/Thurs from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM) at 248-338-6732.

28. Presentation: The Importance of Women in the Civil War (GAR Memorial Hall and Museum, 224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Shirley Hodges will be presenting a discussion on the role of women during the Civil War and their importance to the troops and the home front. Shirley Gage Hodges as been actively doing genealogical research since 1967. She has taught genealogy classes in Community Education Programs at various high schools and has also been a guest lecturer for several Michigan State University, The Union Institute and Davenport College programs. Shirley has presented lecturers, seminars and workshops locally and regionally both in the United States and Canada since 1994. Her interest in sharing her love of genealogical and historical research and her sense of humor have delighted audiences. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

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--August 2015--

1 - 2. Civil War Days 2015 (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 a town celebrating the return of their soldiers following the end of the war. 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.

4. Presentation: Barry County Soldiers held at Andersonville Prison(2545 S. Charlton Park Road, Hastings, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Authors John Urschel will speak on Barry County Soldiers held at Andersonville Prison. Event is sponsored by the Barry County Historical Society. Website: Barry County Historical Society.

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 Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum was opened in September 2013. The 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. Different levels of sponsorships ($25 - $200) are available for those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Gary Gibson at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

7. Presentation: Michigan in the Civil War (Charlotte Community Library, 226 S. Bostwick, Charlotte, Michigan). 7:00 PM. A wealth of material has been amassed on Civil War volunteers and their units. Shirley Gage Hodges will approach the subject from the angle of a person who is not an expert on the subject, but rather from an individual who has enjoyed studying about the history of the Civil War and how Michigan and its citizens were involved. Contact: Shirley Hodges at genealogyshirl@hotmail.com.

7 - 9. Civil War Reenactment 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. Website and Registration: http://www.wrhs.org/Properties/Civil_War_Reenactment_Encampment. Contact: halereservations@wrhs.org or by telephone at 330-666-3711.

8. Return of Loomis Cannon to State Capitol Lawn (Michigan State Capitol, Lansing. Michigan). Noon. The Michigan Capitol was originally designed as a tribute and memorial to the sacrifice that our state made in the Civil War. To help commemorate that war and to pay tribute to the fallen, there were two Civil War cannon on the grounds of the east lawn, flanking the entryways. These cannon were a part of the Civil War six-gun Loomis Battery that bravely served our country with great distinction during the conflict. Sadly, it is believed that these cannon were contributed to a scrap metal drive during WWII. It is now with great pride that two replicas of these famous guns have been produced, through the generous support of numerous donors, will be returned to their rightful place of honor on the State Capital lawn. Civil War Reenactors and Allied Orders of the Grand Army of the Republic are invited to participate in the unveiling ceremony that will take place on August 8th. Reenactor and Allied Orders of the GAR Registration Contact: Keith G. Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net. Ceremony Contact: Matt VanAker at MVanacker@legislature.mi.gov

8 - 9. 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 102nd US CT. Straw and firewood, but no bounties for artillery. Sponsored by the Chesterfield Historical Society, 15th Michigan and 8th Arkansas. Suggested donations: $1.00 per adult, $2.00 Families. Website: http://chesterfieldhistoricalsociety.org. Contact: Tommy Spanski at 313-779-3357.

15. 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.

19. Civil War Discovery Camp (Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, 224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The camp is open to children between 8 and 12 years of age who have an interest in history. Lunch will be provided. Cost $20 per camper. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

22 - 23. 11th 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 Atlanta Georgia Campaign of 1864 and the Carolina Campaign of 1865, 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.

22 - 23. 31st 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 form: http://www.civilwarmuster.org/index.php/participate/reenactment-pre-registration. Contact: Kim Conant at kimc62@gmail.com or by Telephone at 517-262-6391.

28 - 30. Civil War Reenactment Battle of Richmond, Kentucky (1546 Battlefield Memorial Hwy, Richmond Kentucky). The second largest Civil War battle in Kentucky, the Battle of Richmond, was one of the most decisive and complete Confederate victories in the entire war.. Registration fee for military and civilian reenactors fee is $10. Registration fee for Living History participants, and non-reenactor camping on the park is $5.00. Reenactors will be asked to sign a release stating that you will abide by the Madison County Park guidelines. On line Registration: http://www.battleofrichmond.org/registration/4575248958. Website: http://www.battleofrichmond.org/home/4567618010. Contact 859-624-0013.

30. Program We Hunble Ourselves (Dearborn, Michigan). It’s a 2 hour symphony concert and a sing-a-long. It’s a patriotic educational event that goes from Massachusetts Bay to the Civil War, using music, reenactors, and audience participation, reviewing America’s history without ignoring its Christian influence. It’s all about reminding our fellow citizens of the things in our nation’s history that set us apart from the beginning. The performance part of the program starts with a Pilgrim, explaining life on the Mayflower and the first years on American soil. Then we highlight our Founding Fathers, including George Washington, who arrives on horseback. We conclude the brief vignettes by Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, speaking to an audience filled with Civil War reenactors. Website: http://www.WeHumbleOurselves.com. Contact: Telephone at 313-996-5129.

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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 Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum was opened in September 2013. The 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. Different levels of sponsorships ($25 - $200) are available for those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Gary Gibson at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

4 - 7. Buxton National Historic Site & Museum Civil War Days (Buxton National Historic Site & Museum, 21975 A.D. Shadd Road, North Buxton, Ontario, Canada). The Buxton area was the largest black settlement for escaped slaves prior to the Civil War. There were over 70 men from buried here that fought in the American Civil War and quite a few were in the 102nd from Michigan. The Museum is sponsoring a four-day Labor Day celebration and our theme will be the Civil War. We have several Civil War vets that are buried in our 1866 cemetery and I am in the process of applying for official Civil War headstones for them. We are hoping to have as many Civil War reenactors as we can from the various regiments represented during the course of the weekend. Website: http://www.buxtonmuseum.com/. Contact: Shannon Prince, Curator, at buxton@ciaccess.com/ or telephone at 519-352-4799.

11 - 13. 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. The Chief Executive Officer of the Harrisburg Civil War Museum and the leading interpretive guide at Gettysburg will be present and bringing for viewing Quantrill’s pistol used at Lawrence Kansas. 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.

12 - 13. 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 (2015 will mark the 8th 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.

14. Presentation: The Drumbeats of War (Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 Webster Avenue Muskegon, Michigan). 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. The Language of Art: Analyzing the Form and Interpreting the Content Civil War Works of Art. Program is part of six lecture series highlighting the Art of Gettysburg and the Civil War. Website: Art of Gettysburg and the Civil War Lecture Series. Contact: George P. Maniates at George.Maniates@muskegoncc.edu or by Telephone at 231-720-2570.

17 -20 . Reenactment: Major Battles of the Civil War (Quail Lane, Hallsville, Texas). During the three day event, a battle will be reenacted from each of the following campaigns: Gettysburg, Antietam, Franklin, Shiloh, Wilderness, Chickamauga and Wilson's Creek. All participants will be asked to galvanize at times during the weekend in order balance force ratios. The usual amenities and a Saturday night ball will be provided. Event is hosted by Captain Rob Key 26th Louisiana Infantry. The event is sponsored by Maple Spring Farm. This is a Cleburne's Division Blue Gray Alliance Event. Website: http://www.cleburnes-division.com.

19 - 20. 11th Annual Mid-Michigan Civil War Muster (This event took place in August) Deerfield Nature Park, 2425 W. Remus Road (M-20), Mt Pleasant, Michigan).

19 - 20. 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 a tactical. Bounties are offered for cavalry and artillery. Portraying the final months of the war: the battles of Five Forks and Appomattox Courthouse. Registration website: http://vanraaltefarmcivilwarmuster.com/. Contract: VanRaalteMuster@gmail.com, or by Telephone at 734-277-6369.

19 - 20. Civil War Living History Marine City Heritage Days (300 Broadway Marine City, Michigan). All Union and Confederate units are invited to attend this grand event featuring living history, cannon firing, and battle skirmishes. Camp set-up on Friday September 18th, firewood and straw will be in abundance. Come out and sleep under the stars on the banks of the mighty St. Clair river! Historical displays and many other attractions will also be offered. Sponsored by the 15th Michigan Infantry, 8th Arkansas, Marine City VFW #12085, and Friends of City Hall. Website: http://www.friendsofcityhall.com. Contact: Friends of City Hall at 810-765-8421.

21. Presentation: The First Cut is the Deepest (Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 Webster Avenue Muskegon, Michigan). 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. The Language of Art: History Paintings, Pedestals and Hallowed Ground: How do We memorialize our Nation’s Historical Events and Leaders? Program is part of six lecture series highlighting the Art of Gettysburg and the Civil War. Website: Art of Gettysburg and the Civil War Lecture Series. Contact: George P. Maniates at George.Maniates@muskegoncc.edu or by Telephone at 231-720-2570.

25 - 27. 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. Featured Battle: Appomattox and Lee's surrender. 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.

25 - 27. River of Time Living History Encampment (South end of Veterans Park, 800 John Kennedy Drive, Bay City, Michigan). School Program also on 9/26. 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.

26 -27.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.

27. Celebration 2nd 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 second year of operation of the GAR Memorial Hal and Museum. Many changes have been made in the museum and our collection has grown, as has our membership and the public's interest in what we have to offer. Many volunteers who have made the success of the museum a reality will be acknowledged during the afternoon. Light refreshments will be served. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski at GARmichigan@gmail.com.

27. Presentation: The Relationship between the Union Soldiers Occupying the South and the Local Civilians (GAR Memorial Hall and Museum, 224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 3:00 PM. Mr. Mark Hoffman will be the presenter. Mr. Hoffman is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and previously served as Deputy Director for the Michigan Department of History, Arts, and Libraries. He is author of the award-winning Civil War book, My Brave Mechanics: The Michigan Engineers and Their Civil War. His afternoon presentation will draw heavily upon the wartime journal of Private William Horton Kimball of Jackson County, recently published as Among the Enemy’: A Michigan’s Soldier’s Civil War Journal (2013, edited by Mark Hoffman ), as well as from wartime letters of William L. Clark of Eaton Rapids. As the war reached its second year, Union soldiers were increasingly subjected to fatal attacks and responded with ever more harsh retaliations. Caught in the middle of this conflict were civilians with a broad of loyalties as well as enslaved African-Americans, longing for freedom but facing great risk if they sought to flee to Union lines. Come join us as award-winning author Mark Hoffman leads us on a captivating journey of this segment of America's Civil War history. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

28. Presentation: The Advance of Freedom (Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 Webster Avenue Muskegon, Michigan). 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Like Bodies in our Dooryards and Along our Streets: Matthew Brad, Timothy Sullivan, Alexander Gardner and the first battlefield photographs. Program is part of six lecture series highlighting the Art of Gettysburg and the Civil War. Website: Art of Gettysburg and the Civil War Lecture Series. Contact: George P. Maniates at George.Maniates@muskegoncc.edu or by Telephone at 231-720-2570.

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5. Presentation: The Better (and Worst) Angels of our Nature (Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 Webster Avenue Muskegon, Michigan). 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Artists who were there: Edwin Forbes, Alfred Waud, Conrad Wise Chapman, and Winslow Homer. Program is part of six lecture series highlighting the Art of Gettysburg and the Civil War. Website: Art of Gettysburg and the Civil War Lecture Series. Contact: George P. Maniates at George.Maniates@muskegoncc.edu or by Telephone at 231-720-2570.

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 Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum was opened in September 2013. The 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. Different levels of sponsorships ($25 - $200) are available for those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Gary Gibson at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

9 - 11. 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.

9 - 11. 4th Annual Carpenter Farm Civil War Muster (11854 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, three Battle Reenactments at three different sites, expanded Living History Camp activities, Saturday and Sunday Participant Lunches, Period Church service in the Vermillion Creek Chapel, and Speed Shooting contest. Website: http://www.tenthmichiganinfantry.com. Contact: Email at tenthmich@yahoo.com or Telephone at 989-400-3904.

10 - 11. Annual Wolcott Mill Civil War Days (63841 Wolcott Road, Ray, Michigan). Military battles no Saturday and Sunday. There also will be a tactical on Saturday. 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, http://fourthtexas.org, Contact: Steve Domke at demrebel@netzero.com or John Fross at ssorfj@aol.com.

12. Presentation: The Aftermath of Battle (Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 Webster Avenue Muskegon, Michigan). 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Contemporary Film Interpretations: Ken Burns’ The Civil War, Robert Maxwell’s Gettysburg, Edward Zwick’s Glory. Program is part of six lecture series highlighting the Art of Gettysburg and the Civil War. Website: Art of Gettysburg and the Civil War Lecture Series. Contact: George P. Maniates at George.Maniates@muskegoncc.edu or by Telephone at 231-720-2570.

19. Presentation: War and Remembrance (Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 Webster Avenue Muskegon, Michigan). 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. From the Unique to the Bizarre: Distinctive monuments of Gettysburg. Program is part of six lecture series highlighting the Art of Gettysburg and the Civil War. Website: Art of Gettysburg and the Civil War Lecture Series. Contact: George P. Maniates at George.Maniates@muskegoncc.edu or by Telephone at 231-720-2570.

20. Presentation: Remembering Michigan's Civil War Soldiers (Howell Carnegie District Library, 314 W. Grand River, Howell, Michigan). 7:00-8:00 pm. Authors David Finney and Judith McIntosh will will feature images of the 4th Michigan Cavalry, which captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Most of the images have never before been published. The program is free and no registration is required. Website: Howell Library. Contact Margaret Bigham at Bigham@howelllibrary.org or by Telephone at 517-546-0720.

24 - 25. 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 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

24. Annual Harvest Ball (Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Hosted by the 7th Michigan. Glen Morningstar and Ruffwater Stringband, $15/person. Contact is Linda Williams at lansinglinda@comcast.net.

27. FREE Sesquicentennial Civil War Seminar -Topic to be announced (Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 West Grand Ledge Hwy (M-43) in Sunfield, Michigan). 7:00 PM. 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.

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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 Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum was opened in September 2013. The 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. Different levels of sponsorships ($25 - $200) are available for those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Gary Gibson at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

7. 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 2016 event to the conference. 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

7. 9th Annual Detroit Veterans' Day Parade (Detroit Michigan). Staging 8:00 AM, Parade 10:00 AM. Contact Rick Danes at mimessrd@aol.com.

8. 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. Exhibit: Veterans Day (Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, 224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. In commemoration of Veterans’ Day, the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum will be open to share with the public the life and times of the Civil War veterans. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Gary Gibson at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

11. Royal Oak Veterans Day Ceremony (Veteran's War Memorial Plaza next to the Library -S of 11 Mile and E of Main street). 11:00 AM - Noon. The Royal Oak Memorial Society invites everyone to attend the Veteran's Day Ceremony to honor our veterans who have given us our freedom. The ceremony will include guest speakers and the St Paul's School Children's Choir and Royal Oak High School Students performing taps. Website: http://www.ci.royal-oak.mi.us/events/veterans-day-ceremony

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--December 2015--

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 Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum was opened in September 2013. The 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. Different levels of sponsorships ($25 - $200) are available for those individuals who wish to help support the GAR Museum. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Gary Gibson at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

5. 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.

5. Eaton Rapids Christmas Program & Parade Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). Noon - 8:00 PM. Come to Eaton Rapids to see the annual Christmas Parade. Many stores will be opened with various deals for you to peruse. The parade starts at 6 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum will be open with hot chocolate and coffee to help you stay warm. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: Deb Malewski at GARmichigan@gmail.com/.

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