Michigan's 2020
Civil War Events Listing

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

Listing of Michigan Civil War Events and Civil War Events of Interest to Michigan

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--January 2020--

1 & 8. Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the Museum is free; donations are appreciated. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Contact: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

25. Annual Meeting: Cumberland Guard Annual Meeting. (Lutheran Hospital, 7950 West Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Function Rooms 3 & 4). 10:30 AM. Review of 2019 Events and planning for 2020. (Weather Make up Date, Saturday 02/01/2020, same place, same time). Contact Rob Van at robert.r.van@gmail.com.

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--February 2020--

5 & 12. Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the Museum is free; donations are appreciated. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Contact: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

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

22. 23rd Annual Mid-Winter Civil War Grand Ball (Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capital, Lansing, Michigan). 6:00 PM (Grand March begins at 6:30 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 starting November 15, 2017. Tickets also will be available at door. Contact: Pam Gosner at pagnsr@gmail.com or by Telephone at 810-656-7791.

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--March 2020--

4 & 11. Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the Museum is free; donations are appreciated. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Contact: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

17. Civil War Seminar: The Soldier's Clothing and Personal Equipment (Michigan's GAR Memorial Hall and Museum, 224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 7:00 PM. The speaker will be Rob Stone. Seminar is free. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Contact: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

20 - 22. Reenactment: 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville (Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks, North Carolina). The event will be held on portions of the original battlefield - located on both state and private property. this is hallowed ground. Federal Commander - General Darrell Markijohn, USV Commanding General, Confederate Commander - General Gordon Grahe, ANV Commanding General. Registration Fees: $25 per individual (military or civilian) September 1, 2019 - January 31, 2020; $30.00 per individual (Military or Civilian) February 1 - March 1, 2020; $35.00 (Walk-on) $35.00 per individual (Federal or Civilian). Registration Closes March 1, 2020. The event website will post the updated registrations list as they are compiled. All proceeds will benefit Bentonville Battlefield. Contact and Registration: https://www.johnstoncountync.org/155th-bentonville-reenactment/reenactors/.

20 - 22. Battle of Bentonville Adjunct - 10th Iowa (Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks, North Carolina). As a moving adjunct in conjunction with the 155th Bentonville Reenactment, you will perform the duties of a soldier of the 10th Iowa, a veteran Western Federal regiment in the final months of the Civil War. You will march several miles (approximately 3.5 miles) beginning adjacent to a period road bed, you will do picket duties, and you will have documented experiences. You need to show up as soldier. Commander structure: Colonel Ivan Ingraham, Lt Colonel Taylor McCullen, Major Will Eichler, Adjutant Jerram, and Sergeant Major Dennie Spence. Registration fee $40.00. Website: https://www.40roundsevents.com/bentonville-2020 or Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3540224881402030.

21 - 22. Black Powder Gun Show: 44th 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.

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--April 2020--

1 & 8. Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the Museum is free; donations are appreciated. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Contact: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

4. 154th Anniversary Commemoration of the Grand Army of the Republic. (Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, 224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM. In addition to the normal exhibits, additional special G.A.R. exhibits will be on display. Refreshments will be available both days. Admission to the Museum is free; donations are appreciated. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Individual interested in exhibiting their GAR, Allied Orders of the G.A.R., and even United Confederate Veterans artifacts should contact Keith G. Harrison at GARmichigan@gmail.com.

4. Civil War Trust - National Park Day (Historical Fort Wayne, 6325 Jefferson, Detroit, Michigan). 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. 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 several years, Historic Fort Wayne has been the only site in 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. Websites: Historic Fort Wayne - http://historicfortwaynecoalition.com/. Contact: Tom Berlucchi at TBERLUCCHI@YAHOO.COM, Telephone: 248-840-5234.

18. 64th 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.

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--May 2020--

2 - 3. Civil War Show: Annual Ohio Civil War Show and 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.

6 & 13. Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the Museum is free; donations are appreciated. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Contact: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

16 & 17. Civil War Muster (Grand Ledge Island Park, Grand Ledge, Michigan). Living History Island Skirmishes Saturday and Sunday, Firing Demonstrations, Civil War Games, Victorian Street Dance Saturday night, Riverboat next to Camp area. Free firewood, straw, on-site running water and modern bathrooms. Registration: http://www.vistoriandays.org/civilwar. or contact Bill tacker at civilwar@victoriandays.org or 248-890-0254.

19. Civil War Seminar: Detroit's Historic Fort Wayne (Michigan's G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum, 224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Seminar is free. The speaker will be Tom Berlucchi. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

22 - 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) 10:30 AM. Annual Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) ceremony at the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Soldiers' Lot. In 2007, the G.A.R. 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 Parade and Program: Eaton Rapids Annual Memorial Day Parade and Program (Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM line up, 11:00 AM Parade. Immediately following the parade there will be a Memorial Day program at Eaton Rapids’ downtown G.A.R. Island Park (entrance to the Park is off Hamlin Street). Memorial Day speaker will be announced. Contact Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net.

30. Memorial Day (Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, 224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum will be opened on Memorial Day, May 30th. The real Memorial Day is actually May 30th, 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. Admission to the Museum is free; donations are appreciated. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Contact: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

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--June 2020--

1 & 2. Civil War Encampment (Lexington, Michigan). Hosts: 15th Michigan, Company B and the 9th Kentucky. Event is in the Village of Lexington. May 31 is available for those who wish to set up on Friday. Fashion show, street skirmishes, living history, firearm demonstrations, drill, and cannon firing demonstrations. Straw and firewood provided, but no bounties for artillery. Other re-enactment units who wish to participate, would be greatly welcomed. Sponsored by the Village of Lexington Parks and Recreation Committee and the Lexington Business Association. Website: http://lexingtonmichigan.org/. Contact: Mike Ruffini: at merleriobravo-mail@yahoo.com. or telephone: 810-956-3240.

5 & 12. Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the Museum is free; donations are appreciated. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Contact: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

6. Encampment (Convention): Michigan Department of the Allied Orders of the Grand Army of the Republic Annual Encampment (Okemos Conference Center, 2209 University Park Drive, Okemos, Michigan). Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Daughter of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Woman's Relief Corps. Website: http://www.suvcwmi.org/

8 - 9. 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 (57-inch wheels) cannon registered. Website: http://historicfortwaynecoalition.com/cwdays.html. Contacts: Historicfortwaynecoalition.çom or Tom Berlucchi at Tberlucchi@yahoo.com or by Telephone at 248-840-5234.

12 -14. Civil War Encampment and Living History Timeline (Wellington Farms Park, 6944 S Military Road, Grayling, Michigan). The park offers ample campsites for both period correct and separate modern, with water, showers, and firewood, and ample field space for demonstrations and skirmishes/battles. All reenactors are welcome and there is no charge for participants. The park itself has a wide variety of historical artifacts, from working steam engines to blacksmith and broom making shops. It will be open for set up June 11, take down through the 15th. Contact Dale Shantz at shantz.d@yahoo.com.

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 (with professional pyrotechnics), ladies tea and fashion show, and pie eating contest. Special Impressionists, 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. Hosted by the 17th South Carolina Infantry, 2nd Kentucky Morgan's Artillery, 2nd Kentucky Volunteers, and 1st Michigan Infantry. Artillery Bounties ($100/first six guns each side), Cavalry Bounties. Reenactor Contact: David Zarr damz53@aol.com. Turkeyville Contact Patti Cornwell patti@turkeyville.com or by Telephone at 269-781-4293.

26 - 28. Summer Gettysburg Military Show (Allstar Events Complex, 2638 Emmitsburg Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania). The Gettysburg gun show is held at the AllStar Events Complex. All federal, state and local firearm laws and ordinances must be followed. Four Hundred tables of high quality militaria. Admission $10.00. Contact: Stephen W. Sylvia at 540-672-4845.

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--July 2020--

1 & 8. (Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the Museum is free; donations are appreciated. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Contact: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

4. Living History Encampment and Parade (G.A.R. Island Park, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). Living History Camp is located on G.A.R. Island Park in Eaton Rapids (entrance off Hamlin Street). From 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, reenactors will provide the public with a glimpse of what it was like to be a Civil War soldier and Civil War-era civilian. Public demonstrations on Civil War-era military Camp Life, Drills, Musket and Cannon firing, Equipment explanations, Civilian Life, and Medical Practices of the day will take place. The Camp is open at 7:00 AM to set up. There will be a parade that starts at 11:00 AM and will proceed down Main Street. At dusk, there will be a fireworks show at the Eaton Rapids School Complex. Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery. Reenactors - Discount coupons for select downtown Main Street restaurants. Bounties: Artillery - $50 gas card per cannon trailer (due to size of island, we can only take two cannon), Cavalry - $50 card per cavalry trailer. The event is sponsored by Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum and the City of Eaton Rapids. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Contact: Keith Harrison 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 southwestern Michigan 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. Charlton Park Civil War Muster (2545 S. Charlton Park Road, Hastings, Michigan). Hosted by Battery D, 1st Michigan Light Artillery, 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry, 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, 8th Michigan Medical, and 12th South Carolina. Confederate and Union Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery units. Shop on Sutler Row, play parlor games, and Battle each day. Admission is $6/adult, $4/child 5-12, 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.

21. Civil War Seminar: Emory Parady and the Capture of John Wilkes Booth (Michigan's G.A..R Memorial Hall and Museum, 224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Seminar is free. The speaker will be Kermit Douse. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Contact: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

24- 26. Fort Wilkins State Park Civil War Encampment 176th Anniversary of Fort Wilkins (Copper Harbor, Michigan) 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Host: 1st Michigan Lt. Arty, Batt. D. The roar of the cannon will once again rebound across Lake Fanny Hooe during a Civil War encampment at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park. Battery D, 1st Michigan Light Artillery, a Civil War-era living history group, will pitch camp at the fort for the weekend to recreate the volunteer artillery unit organized at White Pigeon in 1861. The group will interpret army life during the Civil War period, demonstrating artillery drills, cooking techniques and soldiers’ pastimes. Website: http://batteryd.com. Telephone: 906-289-4215.

25 - 26. Civil War Living History Encampment (Yale City Park, 200 Park Ave., Yale Michigan). Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM, Sunday 10 AM - 3 PM. Yale is hosting a Civil War event in order to emphasize the history of the town. Twenty-three Civil War veterans are buried in the local cemetery. The park on Mill Creek will be a lovely setting. Tap water, flush toilets, etc. are available. Military and Civilian Camps, Demonstrations by the military. Period Clothing and Living History, and Displays of Local Civil War Veterans History. Some money is available for cannon bounty. The event is presented by the 15th Michigan Volunteer Infantry. Sponsored by the Yale Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact Darlene Lum via email at lumdarlene@yahoo.com or Face Book at https://www.facebook.com/darlene.lum.5?fref=gs&dti=243135612378612&hc_location=group_dialog.

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--August 2020--

1 - 2. Civil War Days 2020 (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. The event also will include Union and Confederate Encampments, Skirmishes, Artillery, and Notable Persons. Firewood, straw, running water, ice, and flush toilets provided. Website and Registration: http://sanilaccountymuseum.org. Contact Email: sanilacmuseum@gmail.com or by Telephone at 810-622-9946.

5 & 12. Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the Museum is free. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Contact: at GARmichigan@gmail.com.

8. 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.

8 - 9. 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/plan-your-visit/hale-farm/. Contact: halereservations@wrhs.org or by telephone at 330-666-3711.

11. Civil War Discovery Camp (Michigan's 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 7 and 14 years of age. The students will be arrive at G.A.R. Island Park in Eaton Rapids at 10:00 AM, where they will have several hours of activities planned, including learning of the manual of arms with wooden Civil War muskets, how to march, how the Civil War soldier lived, and much more. The students will be told about the park and its association with the G.A.R. and the Civil War Veterans. They then will be split into groups and provided information about the life of a Civil War soldier and each allowed to fire a reproduction Civil War musket (with prior parental/guardian approved). Around 2:00 PM, the students will be marched to the G.A.R. Museum for a tour and to learn about what the G.A.R. Civil War veterans and their auxiliary, the Woman’s Relief Corps, did following the war. Lunch will be provided. Cost: $20 per student. Volunteer Reenactors and uniformed members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War would be appreciated to assist with the students. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Contact: Keith Harrison at GARmichigan@gmail.com.

15 -16. Mid-Michigan Civil War Muster (19307 Grass Lake Road, Big Rapids, Michigan) Battle reenactments/Skirmish both days plus Living History Camps and Civilian Events; Company Drills and Historical Demonstrations; Speed Shooting Contest; Period Musical Show; Sunday Church Service; and much more. Artillery bounty for the first four (4) pre-registered cannons. The Muster will feature events from the 1865 Georgia / Carolina Campaign and is held on private property in a rural setting about two miles northeast of town adjacent to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall property. Set up on Friday August 14 with full days on both Saturday and Sunday. Normal amenities of water, straw, and firewood. Annual event hosted by the Tenth Michigan Infantry. Contact and Registration: tenthmich@yahoo.com or call/text 989-400-3904.

21 - 23. 35th Jackson Civil War Muster (Ella Sharp Park, 2800 4th Street, Jackson, Michigan). Battles Saturday and Sunday, Military Ball Saturday night, Night Artillery Firing. Jacksonburg and Special Impression Area. Free to the public, but donations appreciated. 2020 Reenactor Registration form: Link will be up soon. When it is, it will be posted. Contact: Tom Berlucchi at tberlucchi@yahoo.com or by Telephone at 248-840-5234.

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--September 2020--

2 & 9. Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the Museum is free; donations are appreciated. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Contact: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

5 - 6. Grayling Long Range Artillery Match (Grayling, Michigan). Loomis Battery has been able to secure use of Range 8 at Camp Grayling to hold a Historic Artillery Program on September 7-8, 2019. Access to Range 8 will be by a new road (not yet named), south of Main Post. It will not be necessary to go through any security checkpoint. We will again have a relatively narrow firing lane out to about 1000 yards, but we can possibly have 10 field guns on the firing line per relay. The usual Mortar and Mountain Rifle relays are planned. But we will need to fire the Smoothbore Field Guns, all on one relay, so the limit will be 10. With two more relays, Rifled Field Guns, up to 20 pieces can be accepted. Open to public viewing. Contact: John Hughes John.Hughes@kellogg.com.

19 - 20. 11th Annual 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. The Peacock will be there. Registration website: http://vanraaltefarmcivilwarmuster.com/. Face Book: Facebook/hollandcivilwarmuster. Contact: VanRaalteMuster@gmail.com.

20. Civil War Seminar Major General Alpheus Williams (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 3:00 PM. Speaker will be Civil War Historian and Author Jack Dempsey. This also will be the 7th Year Anniversary of Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum. Everyone is cordially invited to join to celebrate in retrospect years of operation of Michigan's G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum. Many changes have been made in the museum and the collection has grown, as has our loyal sponsors 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: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

26 - 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. 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 - 27. River of Time Living History Encampment (South end of Veterans Park, 800 John Kennedy Drive, Bay City, Michigan). 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 21, 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.

26 - 27.Living History: Guns n' Gowns (Greenmead Historic Village, 20501 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, Michigan). Military Camp Life, Drills, Demonstrations and Equipment, Field Surgery and Medical Practices of the day, Civilian Life, Courting and Mourning Practices, Fashions, Phrenology, Letter Reading and much more. Continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday (bagels or donuts, coffee & tea). Saturday Camp-wide potluck with main dish/drinks/paper products provided – Please bring a dish to pass. Presented by 17th Michigan, Company E. Co-sponsored by the Livonia Historical Commission. Registration Website: http://17micoe.org/guns-n-gowns-reenactors. Contact: Stephanie Miner at sminer2015@gmail.com or by Telephone at 734-218-6607.

26 -27. Corunna Civil War Days (Shiawassee Village/McCurdy Park, Corunna Ave, Corunna Michigan) Additional Information to follow. Contact and Registration: Dave Kimble at bluegillman2000@hotmail.com.

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--October 2020--

3 - 4. Blue - Gray Days (Meridian Historical Village, 5151 Marsh Road, Okemos, Michigan. Military and Civilian Camping, Battle Reenactments Saturday and Sunday, Daily Recruiting and Drills for Youth, Historical Demonstrations Welcomed. 7th Michigan Website: http://7thmich.org/ 7th Michigan Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/337478246347317/. Contact Friends of Meridian Historical Village at 517-347-7300 or Website: http://meridianhistoricalvillage.org.

3 - 4. 7th Annual Mooresville Civil War Days (19631 CR687, South Haven, Michigan). Mooresville is a fictitious pioneer settlement that offers a covered bridge, gristmill, chapel, and horse drawn wagons. Both Union and Confederate units are invited to attend this event. Free dinner Saturday night. Battle on both Saturday and Sunday, a tactical on both days, musket demonstration and cannon demonstration. Camp set up on Friday. (Friday is education day for school kids. Volunteers demonstrating musket fire and soldier and camp life) Firewood will be provided. $5.00 per person donation, Veterans are free. The event is sponsored by the 7th Arkansas and Sons of Confederate Veterans Patrick Cleburne Camp. Contact: Bob Fragala at bfragala@hrwood.com or by telephone at 269-637-9405.

7 & 14.Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the Museum is free; donations are appreciated. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Contact: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

10. Annual Harvest Ball (Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, Michigan). 6:30 PM. Hosted by the 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company B, Inc. Doors open at 6 PM, Grand March begins at 6:30 PM, Attendees must be over 12 years of age. Ticket cost $25 per person, $45 per couple, Youngsters 12-16 years of age $10 each. No one under 12 years old admitted. Advance tickets will be available August 1st. Tickets are limited. Attire is 1860s period formal or modest, modern formal evening wear. For more information, contact Gilbert or Cyndi Carlson, Telephone: 517-782-8199, Email: Cyndiinhisservice@yahoo.com.

17 - 18. Hartford City Civil War Days (Hartford City, Indiana). Plenty of military and civilian campsites available. Straw is provided, one-half bale per person. Hay will be provided for mounted cavalry. Firewood 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: https://www.hartfordcitycwdays.com/.

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--November 2020--

4 & 11. Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the Museum is free; donations are appreciated. Website: http://garmuseum.com/. Contact: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

7. Michigan's Annual Civil War Reenactors Conference (Michigan Historical Center, 702 West Kalamazoo, Lansing, Michigan). 10:30 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 2020 event to the conference. The conference and subsequent statewide 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. The event is again being sponsored and hosted by the Michigan Civil War History Partners, Friends of Michigan History, Inc., Michigan Historical Center, and Historic Fort Wayne Coalition. Refreshments will be served. Contacts are Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net, or Tom Berlucchi at tberlucchi@yahoo.com

8. Annual Veterans Day Massing of the Colors (Michigan Historical Center, 702 West Kalamazoo, Lansing, Michigan) 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM. Color guards are wanted and welcomed. Sponsors and hosts are the Friends of Michigan History, Inc. and Michigan Historical Center. Contact Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net or by Telephone at 517-694-9394.

11. Veterans' Day (Michigan's 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, Michigan's G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum will be open to share with the public the life and times of the Civil War veterans. Admission to the Museum is free; donations are appreciated. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Contact: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

17. Civil War Seminar: The Eleventh Corps at Gettysburg (Michigan's G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum, 224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 7:00 PM. The speaker will be Civil War Historian and author Dr. Jim Pula. Seminar is free. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com. Contact: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

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--December 2020--

3 & 9.Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Museum is opened the first two Wednesdays each month, most patriotic days, special events, and by appointment. Admission to the Museum is free; donations are appreciated. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Contact: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

5. Eaton Rapids Christmas Parade Michigan's 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 discover your Civil War ancestors and, later, to see the city's annual Christmas Parade. Many stores will be opened with various deals for you to peruse. The parade starts at 6 PM. Michigan's G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum will be open with hot chocolate and coffee to help you stay warm. Website: http://garmuseum.weebly.com/. Contact: GARmichigan@gmail.com.

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