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Second Friday Lecture Series


Friday, October 13, 2017; Noon

The American Flag
Tom Staats’ program will illustrate the history of the American flag with images of flags from the presenter’s own collection.



Friday, November 10, 2017; Noon

Quilts and the Civil War
Presented by Allison Rainboth. The period before and during the Civil War was one of the most turbulent in American history. Quilts made during this time are evidence of the impact on daily living. Ms. Rainboth, quilt historian and owner of Sisters Choice Quilting Service, will discuss the changes in fabrics, patterns, and quilting designs. She will bring her collection of battered beauties from the period.



sparkFridays, October 20, and November 17, 2017; 2pm-3pm

Spark! is a monthly program for individuals in early to mid-stages of memory loss and their caregivers that engages participants in lively conversations, storytelling, interactive exhibit experiences, object handling, and other multi-sensory activities. Here is more information.

September 15, 2017: Getting Around
Come learn about the ways soldiers and civilians got around during the Civil War and how we do now. This program will feature a ride on Kenosha’s streetcar.

October 20, 2017: Trades of the Past
Learn the skills of the trades and crafts of the past. Learn about bee keeping, blacksmithing and textile work.

November 17, 2017: What They Wore
Civil War era fashion was not just uniforms. Learn what was worn during the 1860s.


Death of An Assassin

Thursday, October 12, 2107; Noon

Presented by Ann Marie Ackermann. From the depths of the German and American archives comes the story of Gottlob Rueb. Gottlob, a United States soldier killed at the Siege of Veracruz during the Mexican-American War, was a German assassin. After fleeing to the United States from Germany to escape the law, he enlisted in a German company of the Pennsylvania Volunteers in the Mexican-American War. Gottlob died in combat while serving in the artillery at the Siege of Veracruz in 1847. Captain Robert E. Lee of the United States Army later wrote a letter praising Gottlob as a man worth all of Mexico.


Understanding Confederate Monuments in the Wake of Charlottesville

Wednesday, October 18, 2017; 7pm

Historian, educator and public speaker Kevin Levin presents a free program on the history of Confederate memorials in America. Mr. Levin’s program will address such questions as when were these monuments placed in their location? Who placed them there? Who financed them and for what reasons? Mr. Levin’s program will also consider the debate that is currently going on in America concerning these memorials. Specifically, what does the future hold for these memorials and what are the options? What is at stake, who are the stakeholders, and why do people care?



Saturday, October 21, 2017; 1pm-4pm

  • Take a spooky twist by experiencing living history at the Civil War Museum, through ghost stories of war era soldiers throughout the Fiery Trial.
  • Then walk next door where the Kenosha Public Museum presents Día de los Muertos, a celebration of Mexican culture and tradition. Discover the history behind this increasingly popular holiday by decorating Sugar Skulls, embellishing the Day of the Dead ofrendas, learning Spanish phrases, and more.
  • Then head over to the Dinosaur Discovery Museum and explore the Dino Graveyard, and witness live experiments in the Wacky Scientist’s Lab.
  • Don’t forget to wear your costume to Trick or Treat throughout all three stops, and enter into the #BestDressedBoofest costume competition for the chance to win festive prizes!

Civil War Museum Campaign Tour 2017 – Fredericksburg, Virginia

October 22-25, 2017

Here are the details.

Helen Perry Curtis and The Great War

Sunday, October 29, 2017; 1pm

Presented by Dr. Laura Gellott, Professor of History, Emeritus, UW-Parkside. In July of 1914 Helen Perry traveled to England and France intent on studying museum practices there. In Paris she witnessed the declaration of “The Great War.” Her letters home vividly describe the patriotic enthusiasm of those early months, as well as the dawning realization that this would be a war like no other. In early 1915, now in Italy, Helen saw Italy abandon its neutrality and join the conflict. Back in America, Helen witnessed for a third time a declaration of war. She would return to Europe from April 1918 to January 1919, running a YMCA canteen for US soldiers in France and in occupied Germany. This unique perspective on the First World War draws on over 200 letters written by Helen Perry (Curtis) and is part of a full scale biography of Curtis currently in progress.

Courageous Conversations: How We Got Here

Monday, October 30, 2017; 6:30pm

American Black Holocaust Museum board president, Reggie JacksonMr. Jackson is a Milwaukee Public School teacher, American Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) board president, student of history, and protege of Dr. James Cameron, founder of ABHM., will take a look at the history of structural and institutional based racism in America and its direct impact on the lives of American Indians and African Americans. From the destruction of Indigenous communities and cultures through current manifestations of racism, Mr. Jackson will explore those parts of American history that are difficult to talk openly and honestly about with an eye towards taking steps to alleviate the burdens of this history.


The American Dream in Wisconsin Series – Whose Dream Is It?

Saturday, November 4, 2017; 4pm-5:30pm

Presented by Terese Agnew, Jesus Salas, Patty Loew.  Join the Civil War Museum and Kenosha Public Library for a series of free public talks that explore how changes in public education, rural life, and the immigrant experience are shaping our hopes and dreams for the future.

A Veteran’s Day Concert – The Wisconsin National Guard’s 132nd Army Band

Saturday, November 11, 2017; 3pm

Join the Civil War Museum for a special Veteran’s Day concert by the Wisconsin National Guard’s 132nd Army Band. Military bands have a long tradition of supporting and entertaining service members and civilians with music. In Wisconsin, the National Guard’s 132nd Army Band keeps the tradition alive and thriving with approximately 60 citizen-Soldier-musicians who travel the state, the country, and even the world with a variety of music that everybody enjoys.


Finding the Lost Battalion

Saturday, November 11, 2017; 1pm

Presented by Robert Laplander. Toward the end of WWI, on the evening of October 2, 1918, Major Charles W. Whittlesey led nearly 700 men of the American 77th Division who were under his command into the narrow Charlevaux Ravine, deep in the heart if the Argonne Forest in northeastern France. That night, German forces quietly slipped in behind the unit, cutting them off a half mile ahead of the American lines. Five days later, the Major marched 194 survivors out of the ravine – and into history. Told by author and historian Robert J. Laplander, this is the true story of the ‘Lost Battalion’.