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The history, the people and the stories of the Upper Midwest



Details about Events and Classes can be found here.

Second Friday Lecture Series

This free series is sponsored by the Milwaukee Civil War Roundtable and Iron Brigade Association.

USS MerrimackFriday, March 10, 2017; Noon
The Luck of the Merrimack

Presented by David Noe. It’s a well-known fact that sailors believe in either a lucky or unlucky ship. This being the case then the USS Merrimack, and later as the CSS Virginia, had plenty of luck, both good and bad. Twice in her relatively short life bad luck resulted in her sinking at the hands of her own crew. See how both good luck and bad luck played an important part in the ship’s life and how more or less of either could have changed history as we know it.



sparkFridays: Feburary 17, and March 17, 2017; 2pm-3pm

Spark! is a monthly free program for individuals in early to mid stages of memory loss and their care givers. The program engages participants in lively conversations, storytelling, interactive exhibit experiences, object handling, and other multi-sensory activities.

Space is limited so registrations are required. To register, contact Carolyn Wheeler or Jenn Edginton at 262-653-4141 or for more information or to register.

February 17 – A soldier’s kit
March 17 – Soldiers of WWI and the Civil War

Ambrose Armitage’s Diary

Saturday, February 18, 2017; 1:30pm

Mrs. Rita Dow will discuss soldier Ambrose Armitage who was with the 8th Wisconsin Infantry. He was in the color guard of the famous “Abe the War Eagle Regiment.” Her first person interpretation is from the point of view of Ambrose’s sister, Fanny Armitage. She will use original experiences listed in Ambrose’s diary and letters home.

Civil War Medical Weekend

medical weekendSaturday, February 18, 2017; 10am-4pm
Sunday, February 19, 2017; Noon-4pm

Join the Museum for a weekend of living history, programs, and exhibits commemorating the role of physicians, nurses, and caregivers during the Civil War. Surgeons and nurses of the 17th Corps Medical Staff will set up camp inside where they will demonstrate a variety of surgical techniques including bullet removal, brain surgery, and amputation. Participate in a medical inspection for new recruits and role play as a sick soldier during the camp’s sick call demonstration.

The Civil War Expo and Nineteenth Century Makers Day

Saturday, March 11, 2017; 11am-3pm

Watch demonstrations and buy goods from metal smiths, beekeepers, and other modern makers influenced by trades and crafts of the past. Plus visit with living history, heritage groups, and Civil War Round Tables from around the Midwest who present samples of their programming and have informational tables set up throughout the Museum.

Civil War Museum Campaign Tour 2o17 – Fredericksburg, Virginia

October 22-25, 2017

Here are the details.