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


2nd Friday Lecture Series

Sponsored by the Milwaukee Civil War Round Table and Iron Brigade Association.

Benjamin F. Butler: A Man with Many Nicknames
Friday, October 11, 2019; Noon
Presented by Ron Carlson. Benjamin Butler was known as “Beast,” “Spoons,” and “Bottled Up.” He was famous for ill treatment of civilians, stealing from southerners, and military incompetence. Mr. Carlson’s presentation will address the accuracy of the “common knowledge” concerning Butler and his military career.

Thomas Jefferson’s Wisconsin Civil War Connection
Friday, November 8, 2019; Noon
Presented by Richard Kane. This presentation is a biographical presentation about Eston Hemings Jefferson, the youngest son of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. His children (which were Thomas Jefferson’s grandchildren) served as soldiers in Wisconsin regiments during the Civil War. One was a private in the 1st WI Infantry and the other, John Wayles Jefferson, was a colonel with the 8th Wisconsin Infantry.

Victorian Spiritualism

Friday, October 11, 2019; 6pm-8pm
$20 ($10 FOM) | Adults 21+ only | Register Here

Spirits of the past, move among us! Explore the practices of Victorian spiritualism that took the world by storm throughout the 1800s. Participate in seances, learn about their obsession with the afterlife, the occult, the art of crystal gazing, and clairvoyance. Who knows what secrets may be revealed to you when you look beyond the veil into the unknown!

The First Wisconsin Cavalry and Kenosha’s Camp Harvey

Saturday, November 16, 2019; 1pm

Presented by Bruce Klem. The troopers of the First Wisconsin Cavalry mustered into the regiment between September 1, 1861, and March 8, 1862. Part of that time was spent at Kenosha’s Camp Harvey. Relying on first person accounts, Klem’s presentation will consider the impressions of Kenosha that these men left behind while training and living there that winter. The program will also detail the military record of the 1st after they left Kenosha for service in southeast Missouri, Arkansas, and Georgia.

SPARK! at the Civil War Museum

SPARK! is a monthly program for individuals in early to mid-stages of memory loss and their caregivers. Participants are engaged in lively conversations, storytelling, interactive exhibit experiences, object handling, and other multi-sensory activities. Space is limited, so reservations are required. 262-653-4423 or

Upcoming SPARK! schedule

October 18, 2019; Old Fashioned Fun

Play a game of pick up sticks, master tavern puzzles and make a Civil War era toy.

November 15, 2019; Civil War Stories

What was under Lincoln’s hat? What was Old Abe? Who was the Angel of Wisconsin? Find out the stories behind the Civil War.

December 20, 2019; Holiday Tea

Learn how to set a table for tea service, complete a holiday craft and sip tea while listening to holiday music.

To learn more about SPARK! programming and other partner museums, visit Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin.

The free SPARK! program is made possible by the Helen Daniels Bader Fund, a Bader Philanthropy.

6th Annual SPARK! Alliance Conference: Connecting Communities

Thursday, October 3, 2019; 8am-5pm and Friday, October 4, 2019; 8am-1pm

Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Elizabeth Lokon. Here are the details.

I’ve Heard of Her

3rd Thursdays, Noon

Bring a lunch and join Museum staff in a discussion of the remarkable and often unknown parts of the lives and roles of women in history. You might know their names but not all the details. Explore the good, the bad, and the in between. This free monthly program is held in conjunction with Suffrage 100.


October 17, 2019: Mary Todd Lincoln – There was more to Mary Todd Lincoln than being Abraham Lincoln’s wife. Learn about Mary’s upbringing, life in the White House, and her connection to spiritualism.

November 21, 2019: Sarah Hale/ Pocahontas – Sarah Hale was a writer, editor, and the mother of Thanksgiving, who petitioned several presidents for federal recognition of the holiday. Pocahontas was a Powhatan American Indian in what later became known as Virginia, and is one of the most misrepresented woman in history thanks to her depiction in animated film.

Veterans Day Commemorative Celebration

Saturday, November 9, 2019; 11am

Join the Civil War Museum and Navy Club 40 for a veterans’ reception, Navy Club program, and concert of patriotic music. Free and open to the public.

2019 Manassas Campaign Bus Trip

October 20-23, 2019

Here is the itinerary. Reservations for the trip can be made by mail, in person, or by phone at 262-653-4140 with a credit card.