Mystery shrouds Civil War veterans’ resting places

In 1901, a man named Albert Melms died of heart failure at the Milwaukee Hospital for Insane in Wauwatosa and was buried in a little cemetery on the hospital grounds.
He had been a cellist, a music teacher, a clerk and an insurance salesman in Milwaukee. One of his brothers was the city’s biggest brewer back [...]

Memorial Hall to host 22nd Annual Civil War Harvest Ball

Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln will be the guests of honor at Memorial Hall on Nov. 7 when the 22nd Annual Civil War Harvest Ball takes place Downtown. The Lincolns, who will be portrayed by Max and Donna Daniels ( of Illinois, are two of several Civil War-era leaders whose presence will be felt at [...]

PRESTIGIOUS EXHIBIT AWARD: Civil War Museum honored by Wisconsin Historical Society

The Civil War Museum has been named the winner of a prestigious exhibit award from the Wisconsin Historical Society. The Civil War Museum’s 15,000 square foot “Fiery Trial” exhibit was honored with the 2009 Museum Exhibit Award for museums with an operating budget greater than $50,000. Alicia L Gehring, Administrator of the WHS Division of [...]

Civil War Museum presents tour and theater program

The Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave., will present “Up Close and Personal: Curator Tours and Theatre Programs,” featuring a curator-guided tour of “The Fiery Trial” exhibit at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.
Meet Ida B. Wells and explore the African American experience in the late 19th century. Born a slave in 1862, Wells began her [...]

Marquette University to honor bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth

Marquette University will honor the bicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth and the sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s speech on free labor ideology at the Wisconsin State Fair, on Sept. 30, 1859, with two events on campus. The Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and Department of History will host the annual Frank L. Klement [...]

Wade House re-enactment brings Civil War into focus

The hills were alive with the sound of cannons Saturday as the Wade House played host to its 19th annual Civil War Weekend.
Some 500 re-enactors and 6,000 visitors are expected at the Greenbush historic site this weekend for what organizers say is the largest Civil War re-enactment in the state. Attendees can watch battle re-enactments [...]

Lincoln making appearance at 19th annual Civil War Weekend at Wade House

The din of cannon fire and the crackle of small arms will ring out twice daily throughout the wooded hills of Greenbush as the Wade House historic site celebrates its 19th annual Civil War Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. It will depict the opening [...]

Civil War forum Sept. 12

Four Civil War experts will be featured during the 2009 Great Lakes Civil War Forum from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Civil War Museum, 5400 1st Ave.
Topics for discussion will focus on the Battle of Gettysburg, including the role of the Iron Brigade and Lincoln’s famous speech at Gettysburg.
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Civil War encampment at Octagon House Aug. 23

A Civil War encampment is set for Sunday, Aug. 23, on the lawn of the Octagon House, 1004 Third St., from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Local Civil War re-enactors Company F of the First Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry will stage an encampment where guests can learn about the everyday life of a soldier, what they ate, what [...]

Civil War Museum in Kenosha features tour, programs

The Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave., will present “Up Close and Personal: Curator Tours and Theatre Programs,” featuring a curator-guided tour of “The Fiery Trial” exhibit at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.
A former first lady of Wisconsin, Cordelia Harvey continued her late husband’s work by valiantly caring for wounded soldiers in hospitals and camps. [...]