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2nd Friday Lecture Series

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


Juliette Kinzie, the Civil War and the Making of Chicago
Friday, July 12, 2019; Noon
Presented by Dr. Ann Keating. Juliette and John H. Kinzie were central figures in Chicago’s early political, social and religious life. John was an enthusiastic Whig and then an early supporter of the Republican Party alongside Abraham Lincoln. But the Kinzie family was split by the Civil War. Juliette’s husband and three sons served in the Union Army, while her son-in-law was an officer in the Confederacy. Juliette kept in contact with her daughter who lived in Savannah Georgia through letters. This presentation will explore her experiences with a war that fundamentally split her family.


Badgers in Grey: The 2nd Wisconsin at Bull Run
Friday, August 9, 2019; Noon
Presented by Lance Herdegen. The 2nd Wisconsin Infantry was the first three year regiment to leave the state and fought in the First Battle of Bull Run in 1861. They wore the state-issued grey militia uniforms and were fired upon by Union regiments which confused them for the enemy in the smoke. Outfitted in the black hats of the Iron Brigade, the regiment fought again at Bull Run in the battle of Gainesville in 1862 and in the Second Battle of Bull Run the next two days. The regiment suffered the highest percentage of losses of any regiment in the Union Army during its three years of service.

A Journalist’s Coverage of the Civil Rights Movement

Sunday, June 23, 2019; 1:00pm

During Bill Kurtis’ career as a journalist, he covered some of the most well known events of the American Civil Rights Movement. He will share these experiences along with visual representations of the coverage. A question and answer session will follow the program.

Mr. Kurtis’s program is in support of a new traveling exhibition created by the National Endowment for the Humanities entitled For All the World To See. Through a compelling assortment of photographs, television clips, art posters, and historic artifacts, For All the World to See traces how images and media disseminated to the American public transformed the modern civil rights movement and jolted the United States out of a state of denial or complacency. Visitors to this immersive exhibition will explore dozens of compelling and persuasive visual images, including photographs from influential magazines, and TV clips from the Ed Sullivan Show.

Friends of the Museums Members-Only Fireworks Viewing Party

Thursday, July 4, 2019; 8pm | $35 (adults only) | Register Here by June 30, 2019

Watch the spectacular fireworks display from VIP indoor seating on the second floor of the Kenosha Public Museum. Enjoy air conditioning in a bug-free environment! Ticket includes snacks and drinks.

Museum Crawl

Friday, July 12, 2019; 6pm-10pm | Locations: DDM – CWM – KPM | Register Today

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Dear Delia

Saturday, July 13, 2019; 1pm-2pm

Presented by Mike Larson. Dear Delia chronicles the story of Henry F. Young, an officer in the Iron Brigade, as told through 155 letters home to his wife and family in southwestern Wisconsin. His insights, often poignant and powerful, enable readers to witness the Civil War as he did.

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Writing from the battlefront in Virginia, Young’s devotion to Delia and his children runs deep through his letters. His concern for them captured his loneliness and heartfelt worries while he was away.

Young covers innumerable details of military service—from the camaraderie, pettiness, and thievery he witnessed among the troops to the brutality of internecine war. He was an equally astute observer of the military leadership, maneuvers and tactics, rumored troop movements, and what he considered the strengths and weaknesses 
of African American soldiers. He kept up with Wisconsin and national politics, often noting incidents of graft and corruption and offering pointed opinions regarding the 1864 presidential election.

Candid, contemplative, and occasionally humorous, Young provides a clear window into everyday events during wartime. Epitomizing the feelings of many Midwesterners of the time, Young’s communications highlight his unflagging patriotism—his fierce determination
 and willingness to sacrifice for a country he loved.

Caroline Quarlls – My Independence Day

Tuesday, July 23, 2019; 6:30pm | Location: Kenosha Public Library, Southwest Branch

Performance by Shannon Sloan Spice. In 1842, 16 year old St. Louis slave Caroline Quarlls made the choice to run away from her master’s home. With slave catchers in pursuit, she fled to Milwaukee where she was helped by local citizens on a journey to Canada and to freedom. Years later, after the end of the Civil War, Caroline received a letter from Lyman Goodnow, the man who escorted her along the Underground Railroad to Canada. During this first-person performance, the audience will meet Caroline and hear her account of her journey as she answers the first of Mr. Goodnow’s letters to her.

The Midwest Mobile Museum of the Civil War

Saturday, July 27, 2019; 10am-4pm
Sunday, July 28, 2019; Noon-4pm

The Midwest Mobile Museum of the Civil War will be present their exhibit Technology and Lifestyle of the Civil War. This special traveling display will feature original Civil War artifacts that detail the soldier and civilian experience of the Civil War time period.

 

22nd Annual Pike River Rendezvous

Saturday, August 3, 2019; 9am-5pm
Sunday, August 4, 2019; 11am-4pm
Simmons Island, Kenosha

Step back in time to the Fur Trade Era with over 300 reenactors, craft and trade demonstrations, live entertainment, and games for all ages.

Free parking in Kennedy Park with horse-drawn wagon shuttle.

Museum Tent at the Tall Ships Festival

Friday, August 2, 2019; 10am-5pm
Saturday, August 3, 2019; 10am-5pm
Sunday, August 4, 2019; 10am-4pm
Kenosha Harbor

Stop by the Museum tent for family activities and to participate in a community art project. Paint the harbor, create maritime navigational stick maps, build and test boats, do water science activities.

For more information about the Tall Ships, visit www.KenoshaTallShips.com.

The U.S.S. Minnesota Naval Encampment

Saturday, August 3, 2019; 9am-5pm
Sunday, August 4, 2019; 11am-4pm
Outside the Civil War Museum

The U.S.S. Minnesota is a naval civil war group dedicated to honor William Cushing from Delafield, Wisconsin. Visit with their outdoor encampment and see demonstrations that pertain to the Naval contributions of the war between the states from 1861 to 1865.

 

2019 Great Lakes Civil War Forum

Saturday, September 14, 2019 | 9:30am Programs Begin | $60 ($50 FOM) | Register

This Battle Will Go by the Name of Gettysburg

The Fate of a Confederate Deserter after Gettysburg
Dr. Peter Carmichael
On August 20, 1863, thirteen veteran soldiers from the 3rd North Carolina decided that they’d had enough of war. That evening, in the blackness of night, they picked up their rifles, slung on their cartridge belts, and escaped into the woods. From that point on there was no turning back. Join Professor Pete Carmichael of Gettysburg College and learn why these soldiers deserted and what happened to them during their journey. This lecture will focus on the words of John Futch, one of the thirteen deserters. Though he was illiterate, Futch left a remarkable set of letters that he dictated to his comrades. Futch’s powerful story puts us in the shoes of a deserter, enabling us to see his world after the devastating defeat in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This speech is part of Dr. Carmichael’s newest book entitled, The War for The Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought and Survived in Civil War Armies.

The Sherfy Farm
Steven Acker
Drive down the Emmitsburg Pike, toward the famous Peach Orchard, and you will pass the Sherfy Farm. Immaculately maintained by the NPS and the Gettysburg Foundation, only the house shows signs of the intense battle fought amongst the outbuildings and in the house on that Thursday in July of 1863. Using photographs, primary source accounts, and rich history, Steve Acker will show you the people and events surrounding the Sherfy Farm before, during, and after the Battle of Gettysburg.


The “Other” July 2: The Defense of Culp’s and Cemetery Hills
Dr. James Pula
When most people think of the second day at Gettysburg they think of Col. Joshua Chamberlain’s 20th Maine immortalized in the movie Gettysburg. Or they think of James Longstreet’s Confederate attack on Daniel Sickles’ Third Corps that came very close to shattering the Federal defenses along Cemetery Ridge. Only a few think of the “other” important events of July 2, the Confederate assaults on the Union Twelfth Corps on Culp’s Hill and the Eleventh Corps on Cemetery Hill. But these events were every bit as crucial to the preservation of the Federal position and the eventual Union victory. This illustrated PowerPoint presentation will explain these assaults, the Union defense, and the importance of the two engagements on the Union right.

Gettysburg, Through the Eyes of the Painter
Keith Rocco
Keith Rocco will discuss the scenes of the battle which he has painted over his 35 year career. The slide show will also touch on the history of historical art and artifacts from the Gettysburg Visitor Center used in the creation of his paintings.

Spark! at the Civil War Museum

Third Friday of every month; 2pm-3pm

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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 spark@kenosha.org.

Upcoming Spark! Dates and Topics

June 21: Natural Dye – Learn how to make natural dyes, then dye silk scarves using plants, tea and vinegar.

July 19: Civil War Writers and Artists – Learn about the artists who fought in the Civil War. Read the poems written by Union soldiers, and create your own.

August 16: Trades Day – Learn about the trades of the 1800s including canning and blacksmithing.

 

The Great Lakes Civil War Forum

Saturday, September 14 | Registration 8:30am; Program Begins 9:30am | $60 ($50 FOM) Lunch Included | Register Here

This Battle Will Go by the Name of GettysburgJoin the museum for a day filled with presentations and discussions about Gettysburg.

More about The Great Lakes Civil War Forum presentations:

The Fate of a Confederate Deserter after Gettysburg

Presented by Dr. Peter Carmichael

On August 20, 1863, thirteen veteran soldiers from the 3rd North Carolina decided that they’d had enough of war. That evening, in the blackness of night, they picked up their rifles, slung on their cartridge belts, and escaped into the woods. From that point on there was no turning back. Join Professor Pete Carmichael of Gettysburg College and learn why these soldiers deserted and what happened to them during their journey. This lecture will focus on the words of John Futch, one of the thirteen deserters. Though he was illiterate, Futch left a remarkable set of letters that he dictated to his comrades. Futch’s powerful story puts us in the shoes of a deserter, enabling us to see his world after the devastating defeat in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This speech is part of Dr. Carmichael’s newest book entitled, The War for The Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought and Survived in Civil War Armies.

The Fight for the Sherfy Farm

Presented by Mr. Steve Acker

Drive down the Emmitsburg Pike, toward the famous Peach Orchard, and you will pass the Sherfy Farm. Immaculately maintained by the NPS and the Gettysburg Foundation, only the house shows signs of the intense battle fought amongst the outbuildings and in the house on that Thursday in July of 1863. Using photographs, primary source accounts, and rich history, Steve Acker will show you the people and events surrounding the Sherfy Farm before, during, and after the Battle of Gettysburg.

The “Other” July 2: The Defense of Culp’s and Cemetery Hills

Presented by Dr. James Pula

When most people think of the second day at Gettysburg they think of Col. Joshua Chamberlain’s 20th Maine immortalized in the movie Gettysburg. Or they think of James Longstreet’s Confederate attack on Daniel Sickles’ Third Corps that came very close to shattering the Federal defenses along Cemetery Ridge. Only a few think of the “other” important events of July 2, the Confederate assaults on the Union Twelfth Corps on Culp’s Hill and the Eleventh Corps on Cemetery Hill. But these events were every bit as crucial to the preservation of the Federal position and the eventual Union victory. This illustrated PowerPoint presentation will explain these assaults, the Union defense, and the importance of the two engagements on the Union right.

Gettysburg Through the Eyes of the Painter

Presented by Mr. Keith Rocco

Keith Rocco will discuss the scenes of the battle which he has painted over his 35 year career. The slide show will also touch on the history of historical art and artifacts from the Gettysburg Visitor Center used in the creation of his paintings.

 

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.