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

Theater Performances

Who better to tell the stories of the people who were touched by the Civil War or slavery than the individuals themselves? Join our professional actors and actresses as they portray authentic historical figures with scripts based on firsthand accounts written by the individuals themselves.


Program Details

Offered: Tuesday – Friday; September to June (based on actor availability)
Formats: on-site at the museum, virtually, or as an outreach program at your school
Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $300 for up to 50 students; $6 each additional student




Cordelia Harvey – Wisconsin Angel

After Wisconsin governor Louis Harvey’s untimely death, his wife Cordelia was appointed Wisconsin’s representative to the Western Sanitary Commission. She traveled up and down the Mississippi River visiting Union hospitals and helping thousands of soldiers from Wisconsin and other Northern states. During the performance Harvey explains her travels and dramatic meeting with a skeptical President Lincoln.


Caroline Quarlls – My Independence Day

During the performance, the audience meets Caroline in Canada in 1880. She has just received a letter from Lyman Goodnow, one of the people that helped her travel the Underground Railroad from Wisconsin to Canada in 1842.  This powerful first person performance recounts their harrowing experiences and is based on the responses Caroline wrote to questions in Goodnow’s letter.