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2nd Friday Lecture – Gettysburg Stories

Friday, June 10  |  12pm  |  Presenter:  Steve Acker

The story of Gettysburg lies in its locations, monuments, and artifacts. Join us as we travel to lesser visited places on the battlefield where the monuments and artifacts will share stories as important as any on the battlefield.  Sponsored by the Milwaukee Civil War Round Table and Iron Brigade Association



Kenosha Pops Band Concert

Saturday, June 11  |  1pm

Listen to the Kenosha Pops play traditional military, patriotic, and big band favorites during this festive indoor concert.



Civil War Technology Living History Day

Saturday, June 25  |  10am – 4pm  |  Outside the Civil War Museum

Join members of the Battery A, Chicago Light Artillery and the 1st Michigan Engineers as they present outdoor living history demonstrations showing some of the technology and equipment used by artillery and engineering soldiers who fought in the Civil War.

Cannon Firing Demos at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm

Musket Firing and Drill Demos at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm


RG Radio Productions Presents: The Red Badge of Courage

Saturday, June 25  |  1pm  |  Inside the Civil War Museum

Watch RG Productions as they present Stephen Crane’s Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage. The story highlights the courage and bravery of a young Civil War enlisted, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle yet ultimately returns to be the standard-bearer who carriers the flag.

The many battle scenes the group will re-enact include LIVE SOUND EFFECTS both on stage and outdoors with the Chicago Light Artillery and the Michigan Engineers.



Virtual Workshop – Buckeyes at Gettysburg

Wednesday, June 29  |  6:30pm  |  Instructor: Dan Masters  |  $10 ($25 non-members)  |  Register Here

Ohio’s contingent of soldiers in the ARmy of the Potomac at Gettysburg consisted of 13 regiments, four artillery batteries, and two companies of cavalry. What they lacked in numbers they made up for in presence by fighting in some of the most dramatic events of the battle. From the fighting on Barlow’s Knoll on July 1, to Culp’s Hill and Little Round Top on July 2, to repelling Pickett’s Charge on the afternoon of July 3, Ohioans made a hefty contribution to this crucial Union victory that helped turn the tide of the war.



A Concert with the Harmony Town Cornet Band

Saturday, July 2  |  1pm  |  Outside the Civil War Museum (rain plan is inside the Civil War Museum)

Take a musical journey to the past, back to the era of the small town Brass Bands. Using a variety of instruments that date from 1860 to 1910, the Harmony Cornet band recreates the sounds of our priceless 19th Century heritage. Costumed with clothing of the day and using period music, the band brings a unique family friendly program.



2nd Friday Lecture – The Civil War’s Impact on Cream City Brick History

Friday, July 8  |  12pm  |  Presenter:  Steve Stuckey

During this energetic presentation, learn the details of how Cream City bricks were traditionally made, the reasons behind the color, how they differ from other types of bricks, and how the Civil War impacted its story. Buildings with these gems are steadily vanishing, so Mr. Stuckey will also connect the importance of saving this material. There will be plenty of fabulous images of Cream City and other historically-significant brick buildings.  Sponsored by the Milwaukee Civil War Round Table and Iron Brigade Association



Escaping to the War: The Path of Redemption for Chaplain William O’Higgins of the 10th Ohio

Saturday, August 6  |  1pm  |  Presenter:  Fr. David Endres

For many Irish-Americans, the Civil War was a conflict to be avoided. However, for priest chaplain William O’Higgins of Cincinnati, the war was sought as a means of escaping parish life and the displeasure expressed by his pastor and bishop. During Fr. David’s presentation hear how, for O’Higgins and the mostly-Irish American soldiers of the Tenth Ohio, the war became a means of proving their worth.



2nd Friday Lecture – Major Ephraim Cutler Dawes: Outside of a Famous Brother’s Shadow

Friday, August 12  |  12pm  |  Presenter:  Steve Magnusen

The name “Dawes” recalls one of the Civil War’s most remarkable fighting families. Brevet Brigadier General Rufus Dawes of the famed Iron Brigade penned a classic memoir of his “Service with the Sixth Wisconsin Volunteers.” But his younger brother, Ephraim, also served with distinction, equally as brave and courageous with the 53rd Ohio. Discover Ephraim’s fascinating story and reflect upon the display of his military artifacts with a true understanding of supreme service and sacrifice.  Sponsored by the Milwaukee Civil War Round Table and Iron Brigade Association



2nd Friday Lecture – Band That Played for History

Friday, September 9  |  12pm  |  Presenter:  Ed Pierce

Of all the bands that participated in the Civil War, few equaled experience than the little brass band from Brodhead Wisconsin. From 1857 to 1865 the core group of musicians morphed into three ensembles: The Brodhead Brass Band, the 3rd Wisconsin Regimental Band, and the 1st Brigade Band. Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, U.S. Grant, William T. Sherman, Oliver Otis Howard, Charles Hamilton, and Nathaniel P. Banks were among the impressive list of those who heard their music. Hear the remarkable, yet largely unknown, story as they stepped off the concert state and onto the stage of history.  Sponsored by the Milwaukee Civil War Round Table and Iron Brigade Association.



Virtual Workshop – Ohio at Chickamauga

Wednesday, September 14  |  6:30pm  |  Instructor: Dan Masters  |  $10 ($25 non-members)  |  Register Here

Chickamauga truly lived up to its name as “the river of death” as Ohio lost more soldiers in this battle than in any other of the entire war. The state of Ohio contributed more soldiers to the Army of the Cumberland than any other state, while Ohioans also held numerous command positions within the army starting with commanding General William S. Rosecrans, Buckeyes fought on every portion of the field, from the opening shots near Jay’s Mill on September 19 to the gallant stand of the 21st Ohio on Horseshoe Ridge on September 20. And Buckeye-born General Bushrod Johnson turned in his best performance of the war while leading a division on the Confederate side.


2022 Civil War Museum Campaign Tour: Central Kentucky

Sunday, September 25 – Wednesday, September 28

Click here for itinerary and details.



The Civil War Round Table of Milwaukee 75th Anniversary Dinner

Friday, October 14  |  5:30pm – 8:30pm  |  $50 per person  |  Register Here

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Civil War Round Table of Milwaukee, custodians of the Iron Brigade Association. Established in 1947, it is the second oldest of the more than 300 round tables in the United States and abroad.

Join the CWRT of Milwaukee for a special dinner featuring a program by Iron Brigade Historian and Author Lance Herdegen. Includes dinner, hors d’oeuvres, wine/beer, and access to the Civil War Museum galleries.

There are currently approximately 300 members of the Civil War Round Table of Milwaukee. Membership has many perks, and automatically also includes membership in the Iron Brigade AssociationClick here for more details.



The Great Lakes Civil War Forum

Saturday, October 15  |  9:30am – 4pm  |  $55 ($70 non-members) includes lunch  |  Register Here

Where the Fight Was the Thickest: The Campaigns of the Iron Brigade of the West.  Join the museum for a day of four presentations related to the Iron Brigade.

Click here for presentation details



Young History Heroes Story Time

Each month elementary school age children can listen to a story about a special hero from history, followed by hands-on activities.

May 21  |  11am  |  Celebrate Armed Forces Day with the story, Hold the Flag High by Catherine Clinton

June 18  |  1pm  |  All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson

July 16  |  1pm  |  Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome

August 20  |  1pm  |  Two Friends, Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglas by Dean Robbins

September 17  |  1pm  |  The Legend of Old Abe: A Civil War Eagle by Kathy-jo Wargin



Sensory Friendly Days

Sensory Friendly Days are designed to give visitors of all ages with complex developmental disabilities, sensory sensitivities, or on the autism spectrum a safe, comfortable environment to explore the museum exhibits during special hours before the museum opens to the general public. Where possible, our lights will be dimmed and the sound turned off. Signage will be posted for those areas in which we are unable to turn off the sound or there may be other sensory triggers. Trained staff will be available to help visitors navigate the museum and offer supportive resources (noise-cancelling headphones, fidgets, weighted blankets, quiet spaces), as well as opportunities for sensory engagement during your exploration of the museum.

Dinosaur Discovery Museum:  Saturday, June 18  |  11am – 12pm

Kenosha Public Museum:  Saturday, July 16  |  9am – 10am

Civil War Museum:  Saturday, August 6  |  9am – 10am

Dinosaur Discovery Museum:  Saturday, September 24  |  11am – 12pm




This monthly program is for individuals living with early to mid-stage memory loss and their care partners. Participants are engaged in lively conversations, storytelling and other multi-sensory activities.

Please register for the free program at [email protected] or 262-653-4432.

2pm – 3:30pm  |  Location: Civil War Museum  |  Free but registration required at [email protected] or 262-653-4141

Friday, May 20: Animal Mascots of the Civil War – Animals played an important role in keeping the spirits of the soldiers up while they were in the army. Learn about some of these famous mascots who served in Union regiments.

Friday, June 17: Ice Cream Social – Celebrate summer with ice cream on the Civil War Museum outdoor terrace.

Friday, July 15: TWSA Exhibit Gallery Visit – Meet at the Kenosha Public Museum for a tour of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America exhibit. Then paint your own creation using watercolors.

Friday, August 19: Ohio: Loyal to the Union Gallery Visit – Tour the temporary Civil War Museum exhibit and find out what made Ohio unique among other northern states in the War.

Friday, September 16: Voices of Freedom From the Underground Railroad – Learn about some of the Freedom Seekers who traveled routes on the Underground Railroad through the Upper Midwest.



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