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Civil War Museum

In-Person Workshops

Media Club

Civil War Museum Media Club Read The Lincoln Miracle by Edward Achorn

Monday, April 15  |  6:30pm  |  Presenter: Doug Dammann |  $8 ($10 non-member)  |  Register Here

The Lincoln Miracle tells the vivid, behind-the-scenes story of perhaps the most consequential political moment in American history – Abraham Lincoln’s history-changing nomination to lead the Republican Party in the 1860 presidential election.

Edward Achorn, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Commentary and winner of the Yankee Quill Award, is the author of the highly-praised Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln, as well as two acclaimed books about nineteenth-century baseball and American culture, Fifty-nine in ’84 and The Summer of Beer and Whiskey. 

Faith In Fight

Behind the Scenes Tour of Faith in the Fight

Monday, May 6  |  6:30pm – 8:30pm  |  Presenters: Doug Dammann and Robert Miller  |  $16 ($20 non-members)  |  Register Here

Join the Civil War Museum for a special behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s Faith in the Fight exhibit with Rev. Robert Miller, author of Both Prayed to the Same God. Rev. Miller worked closely with the staff of the Civil War Museum to research and write the information that became the Faith in the Fight exhibit. Rev. Miller will take the group through the exhibit and provide extensive background into the subject matter. Also that evening, attendees will have the opportunity to view the 54 minute film Faith of the Fathers with Rev. Miller and Chicago area filmmaker Tim Frakes. These two visited and filmed at many of the southern battlefields where the Union Army of the Cumberland fought to bring to life the service of seven Catholic priests who served as Chaplains in that army during the Civil War.

Coffee Civil War

Coffee and the Civil War

Monday, June 10  |  6:00pm – 7:30pm  |  Presenters: Doug Dammann and Steve Acker  |  $20 ($25 non-members)  |  Register Here

No single item of food or drink meant as much to Civil War soldiers as coffee. They talked about it, wrote about it, and dreamed about it. Based on first hand Civil War accounts, this workshop explores the different methods Civil War soldiers used to obtain and brew their coffee and also discusses what soldiers used as substitutes when coffee beans became scarce. attendees will participate in guided tours of different areas of the Fiery Trial, demonstrations of how to brew alternative Civil War coffee drinks, and a coffee tasting to finish off the workshop.

Walking Tour of the Grounds of the Milwaukee Soldier’s Home

Saturday, May 6  |  10:00am – 12:00pm  |  $12 ($15 non-members) Register Here

Participants must provide their own transportation to the site.

The Civil War Museum, in collaboration with volunteers from the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, is excited to offer a walking tour of the buildings and grounds of the newly rehabbed Milwaukee Soldiers Home. Highlights of the tour include the interior of Old Main and the building’s history exhibit as well as exterior stops at the Home’s historic Theater, Church, Library, and Cemetery. Our guides will also concentrate on the personal stories of the Civil War veterans who made the Soldier’s Home their home after the war.

The group will meet at the grounds at 10am to begin the walking tour. Parking is available.

A portion of the proceeds from the tour will be donated to the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance. 

Virtual Workshops

I Dread the Thought of the Place: The Battle of Antietam and the End of the Maryland Campaign

Wednesday, January 17  |  6:30pm  |  Presenter: Scott Hartwig  |  $12 ($15 non-members)  |  Register Here

Scott Hartwig’s I Dread the Thought of the Place, on the Battle of Antietam and its aftermath, was published in August 2023.  He said of his book, “I did not set out to write this book because Antietam was forgotten, or because I wanted to uncover the ‘untold’ Antietam, or wanted to make some claim that would be controversial to sell books.  I wanted to tell the story, the whole story, not just the battle, and I wanted it to be an honest book whose focus was on the people who lived through Antietam.”  In this Virtual class we will examine some of the major moments of the battle and the decisions that shaped them, and assess the leaders who had to make those decisions.

Participants will be sent a link the day-of to access this live virtual workshop at their home computers.


Cancellations and Refunds

A full refund will be issued if the Kenosha Public Museum, Dinosaur Discovery Museum, or Civil War Museum cancels a workshop or camp.

All refunds requested within 72 hours of the program are subject to a $10 processing fee.

No refunds are offered on or after the day a workshop or camp begins.

Class cancellations can happen if enrollment minimums are not met two days prior to the event. You will be contacted via phone or email if your event is canceled.

If unforeseen circumstances (i.e. weather, power outages, instructor illness) occur within 72 hours of the workshop or camp and the program must be canceled, the museum will do its best to reschedule or provide a voucher to take a program of a similar or same cost.

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