Briefly from Around the State

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Where History Is Happening

Links to Upcoming Local Events

Civil War Days
Sat. & Sun., May 21 & 22, 2011
10 a.m.- 4 p.m

More than 300 Civil War re-enactors camp on site, providing a living historical view of the past. When the bugle sounds each day at 2:30 p.m., troops from the North and the South will charge into battle with rifles at the ready and cannons booming. Afterward, you can see the work of the Civil War surgeons as they demonstrate 19th century medical techniques.
Interact with famous personages of the past who step from the pages of history books, such as President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, the Generals and many more.
The family-friendly event features food, fun and shopping on "Sutler's Row" for traditional Civil War-era reproduction products and in the Museum Store for Civil War books and merchandise.
$12 adults, $8 youth (4-17)
Advance tickets: $10 adults, $7 youth are available beginning May 9.

The Civil War and Du Page County: A Local Perspective
April 16, 2011- September 1, 2012.
Weekdays • 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Weekends • Noon-4 pm

This exhibit commemorates the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War by reflecting on the relationship between the soldiers and their families and friends during this time of dramatic change and hardship. Letters, photos and documents from the Museum’s archives are featured as well as many artifacts from the permanent collection.
View a slideshow of the exhibit opening

Naperville Cemetery Walk
Saturday, May 7
2-3:15 p.m.

Learn about 19th century mourning customs and superstitions from Naper Settlement’s Museum Educators. Then walk through Naperville Cemetery to take a glimpse back in time. Learn about some of the early settlers of Naperville, see their headstones and explore the different symbols and their meanings used in the creation of these unique artifacts and, in some cases, works of art. For ages teen to adult. (Some historical material may be too graphic for younger audiences.) The walk begins at the Naper Settlement Visitor Center, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Tickets are $10 per person; $8 for Naperville Heritage Society Sustaining members. Call (630) 420-6010.

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