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Indiana Historical Bureau

IHB > Anniversaries > Civil War, 150th > Indiana’s 2011 Civil War Sesquicentennial Celebration Calendar of Events Sesquicentennial Celebration Calendar of Events

 
  • This is the Indiana 2011 Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration calendar of events. Submit an event here.

  • Includes - Recuring Events | ExhibitsMarchApril | May | June | July | Aug | Sep | Oct

  • Listed events are not endorsed by the Indiana Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, any state agency, or organization involved with the Indiana Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee.

2011 Recuring Events

Chancellorsville to Gettysburg Class
Monroe County History Center (202 E. 6th St., Bloomington)
Every Monday, Jan. 10 to March 7, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
$100 per person or $150 for two registering together

Join local American Civil War author Mark Acres for this class, Chancellorsville to Gettysburg: Through the Mists of Time, The Eastern Theater in the American Civil War April – July, 1863, which will explore in detail the critical events of the campaigns of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. To register, please call (812) 650-4000 or e-mail markacres@comcast.net.

Monroe County (IN) Civil War Roundtable
Monthly Meetings - Monroe Co. History Center, Bloomington, IN

Cincinnati (OH) Civil War Roundtable
Monthly Meetings - The Conference Center at Drake, Cincinnati, OH

Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable
Monthly Meetings - Central Main Library, Evansville, IN

Exhibits

Apply to Host the Civil War Sesquicentennial National Traveling Exhibition
Applications are due by May 5

In partnership with the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association, The National Endowment for the Humanities is seeking sites to host the 1,000-foot Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War traveling panel exhibition.
The exhibition will tour throughout the United States from Sept. 2011 through May 2015. Two hundred sites will be selected to host the exhibition for a period of six weeks each. Each site is expected to host public humanities programs related to the exhibition and will be awarded a grant of $750 from ALA, with funding provided by NEH for expenses related to exhibition programming.


“Liberty on the Border” & Media Coverage of Civil Rights: 1930s-1960s
Oct. 2, 2010 - May 8, 2011, Center for History, South Bend, IN

In the turbulent time leading up to the Civil War, boundaries between neighboring states were not just physical borders. They represented dividing lines between the North and the South, between “free” and “slave” states. In the section “Liberty Denied,” these boundaries and the messages they conveyed are examined. Here, visitors experience the extraordinary tension of pre-Civil War America. The attack on Fort Sumter, recruitment of soldiers, home life during the Civil War, and the vast destruction of war battles are chronicled in another section, “Liberty’s Trial,” which focuses on the war years. Throughout the section “Liberty’s Legacy,” new insights and interpretations of the year following the Civil War heighten awareness of the monumental changes felt by many Americans in the decades since 1865.

Media Coverage of Civil Rights: 1930s-1960s
The exhibit chronicles articles and broadcast news that covered the topic of civil rights, both locally and in other communities, from the 1930s through the 1960s.Media Coverage of Civil Rights: 1930s – 1960s, on view at the Center for History through May 8, 2011, features locally-published newspapers and columns that represented the voice of the African American community, a voice helped spark and sustain many of the pivotal moments and movements in history that reshaped the social fabric of the local community, and ultimately, America.


“Team of Rivals: Lincoln’s Cabinet at the Crossroads of War”

Oct. 14, 2010 - Aug. 15, 2011, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Springfield, IL

 

What is it like to be President...when faced with a decision for war?
This exhibition takes you inside the highest levels of the United States government as Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet struggle with the momentous issue of war. Restricted to the information they possessed at the time, you will confront the perplexities and options they faced during the first weeks of Lincoln's presidency — and decide for yourself if they made the right choices...

March

14th Annual Victorian Spring Ball
March 26 - Ft. Wayne Chamber of Commerce Building - 420 Wayne St, Fort Wayne, IN

The 30th Indiana Civil War Reenactors, Inc. will be hosting their 14th Annual Victorian Spring Ball.  Dance workshop from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Grand March to begin at 7:00 PM. Appetizers and desserts will be served throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchased for $35 a person from Sue Pfeiffer. Sue Pfeiffer can be contacted at: (260) 422-3604 or spfeiffer@acpl.lib.in.us.

April

From Underground Railroad to Sundown Towns Gallery Talk
April 2, 2pm - Center for History, 808 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN
General museum admission applies

James Loewen, Ph.D., will present this gallery talk in conjunction with the exhibit Liberty on the Border, on view through May 8. Many Indiana and Michigan towns aided fugitive slaves prior to and during the Civil War, but between 1890 and 1930, there was a steady disappearance of African Americans residing in those states' rural areas. In his talk, Dr. Loewen explains how once abolitionist-minded communities gradually began to refuse the basic rights of African American citizens. Following his talk, Dr. Loewen will also sign copies of his books.


Connersville Middle School Remembers 
April 8 - Elmhurst, St. Rd. 121, Connersville, IN
765-825-1139, ext 182

The Connersville Middle School, 7th and 8th grade, is commemorating the Sesquicentennial by hosting an encampment. Students will tour the grounds and take part in interactive sessions. We currently have one northern and one southern reenactment group coming. If you are a civilwar group or enthusiast who would like to join the day, please contact Mrs. Newton - Media Specialist, Connersville Middle School


Disunion! The War Begins
April 12 (8pm) - Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, 601 West 1st. St., Madison, IN
812-273-0556

Program to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the firing on FortSumter, the start of the Civil War.  One hundred and fifty luminarieswill be placed on the grounds of the Lanier Mansion.  A commemorationceremony will be held at the Jefferson County Civil War Memoriallocated on the Lanier/Madison Visitor Center Plaza across Vine Streetfrom the mansion.  The ceremony will include short readings fromcontemporary newspapers, diaries and letters describing the start ofthe Civil War.  Civil War period music will be performed between thereadings.


18th National Conference of the Society of Civil War Surgeons
April 1-3, Williamsburg, VA

May

Civil War Days
May 21-22, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park - Indianapolis, IN


1st Annual Civil War Days
May 28-30, Spring Mill State Park - Mitchell, IN

June

1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana (Grand Opening)
June 4, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park - Indianapolis, IN

Be the first to explore Conner Prairie's incredible one-of-a-kind new outdoor experience that puts you right in the middle of a dramatic moment in Indiana during the Civil War. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.  Through theatrical wizardry, including video, sound, staging and actors dressed in authentic period costumes, you will be drawn into the true story of General John Hunt Morgan's cavalry raid on Indiana and its impact on families and communities.

North South Skirmish Association Firearm Demostration
June 11 (5 pm), SR 62/Maxine Moss Drive - Friendship, IN

Come Join the NMLRA and N-SSA on June 11 as the NMLRA kick off their National Spring Championship Shoot as well as The N-SSA help Celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War an event that helped shape our country.  Come watch and enjoy competitors from all around compete with blackpowder firearms and watch as Union and Confederate Units from the North-South Skirmish Association provide a demostration of firearms used in the Civil.


Civil War Days
June 11-12, Billie Creek Village - Rockville, IN


Lanier Days
June 18-19 - Lanier Mansion, Madison, IN

Enjoy a weekend of Civil War encampment, historic trades fair, local history talks, musical performances and re-enactors, children’s building apprentice station and old toys.


North South Skirmish Association Regional Skirmish
June 24-26 - 4417 N. Coonhunters Rd, Batesville, IN

The North South Skirmish Association has been around since 1950 preserving the heritage of the Civil War. This is a shooting competition event in which team who represents an actual unit that fought in the Civil War competes with firearms from the era in both precision shooting and team events. This is a interesting and a must event for the Civil War enthusist. Come celebrate this sesquicentennial celebration of Indiana's involvement in this historical event.


Hesston Civil War Railroad Days
June 26-27 - Hesston Steam Museum, LaPorte, IN

Witness the North and South battling for control of the Flying Dutchman railroad and the Union army payroll being transported on your train. Ride back in time to the days when controlling the railroad means winning the war. Experience living history and tour the Union and Confederate camps.

July

Whitewater Valley Railraod Excursion: American Limited
July 4, Connersville, IN

Looking to relive a bit of the Civil War? Come along and take a trip back in time with us. Be in the middle of the action as an Union Army detachment protects the US Government Payroll. While along the line a relentless group of Confederate soldiers, simply known as Morgan's Raiders, plan and wait. Enjoy a relaxing train ride though the scenic Whitewater Valley, on your way to the historic town of Metamora. Enjoy a two hour layover before your return trip to Connersville.


Battle of Corydon Reenactment
July 8-10, Hayswood Nature Preserve and Downtown Corydon, IN

The 2011 reenactment will be held in Corydon, Indiana, just a short drive west of Louisville, KY, off Interstate 64. Hayswood Nature Preserve is the main location of battle reenactment and encampment activities with downtown Corydon hosting a reenactment of Morgan’s Raid and other events.


Three Rivers Festival: Camp Allen Muster, 1861-1865
July 16-17 - Old Fort, Fort Wayne, IN
 
Hear the cannons roar and the rifles and muskets fire, listen to the soldiers as they complete their drills, talk with the cooks who make the food for those who live at the Old Fort. Join the Civil War re-enactors at the Old Fort on Saturday, July 16th from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Sunday July 17th from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., as they return to the time when families were divided. There will be soldiers and their families to talk with, as well as children games and various demonstrations to either participate in or observe. For more information call (260) 437-2836.

August

Muster in the Park
August 20 (10am - 6pm) - Military Park and the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN
$9.50 Adults; $9 Seniors; $6.50 Children; $2.50 Museum Member
317-232-1637

Relive Indiana's role in the Civil War at the Indiana State Museum's inaugural Muster in the Park on August 20. Step back in time with soldier and civilian reenactors as they bring the 1860s to life in Military Park. Train for battle alongside soldiers and interact with the equipment they used. Visit soldiers while touring the camp andsee how women contributed to the war effort. Play the popular games and listen to the hit music of the time. Talk politics of the daywith Abe Lincoln and learn why Indiana went to war in support of the Union. The day is packed with so much to do and see for all ages. Don't miss a chance to join the action!


Whitewater Valley Railroad Excursion: Metamora Civil War & Steam Weekend
August 28 & 29, Historic Downtown Metamora, IN

Come along and take a trip back in time with us. Be in the middle of the action as an Union Army attachment protects a Flagg Coal Company steam locomotive . While along the line a relentless group of Confederate soldiers plan and wait. On Saturday and Sunday Festivities will start at 10:30 AM in Historic Downtown Metamora, with four departures of a Flagg Coal Company locomotive at 11:00 AM, 1:10 PM, 3:00 PM, and 5:00 PM. Along the way, remnants of the Whitewater Canal locks, the restored Laurel Feeder Dam, and portions of the West Fork of the Whitewater River can be clearly seen. Fares for the scenic 70 minute, ten mile round trip adventure are $16 per person and children ages 2-12 ride for half price. Trips run rain or shine.

September

4th Annual Civil War Days
Sept. 9-11, Lafayette Park - Princeton, IN


Civil War at the Fort
Sept. 9-11 - Ambassador Park, Fort Recovery, OH

The first annual Civil War at the Fort will take place at the Ambassador Park in Fort Recovery, Ohio.  There will be living history and reenactments that have skirmishing and battles on all three days with school programs  and a night walk offered Friday. Live artillery demonstration, night fire, military ball, payroll, parlor games, ladies tea and a Saturday baseball game are just some of the many events planned for this three-day event.  Check out a full schedule at the Fort Recovery Ambassadors’ website.
  

  Angola Civil War Days
Sept. 23-25 - Commons Park, Angola, IN
Experience a historical camp and war re-enactment.

October

The 14th Civil War Symposium & Reenactment - 1861: The War Begins! 

Oct. 1, 9am – 5pm, First Division Museum at Cantigny in Wheaton, IL 

 

Plan to join us for a combination of historical analysis on the first year of the Civil War combined with living history displays and outdoor activities. The speakers and presentations include: Ray Brown, Manassas National Battlefield Park, on The First Battle of Manassas; Steven J. Ramold, Eastern Michigan University, on Discipline in the Union Army; James I. Robertson, Virginia Tech, on Stonewall Jackson’s nickname; and Mark A. Snell, The George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, Shepherd University, on the 1861 Campaign in Western (West) Virginia [registration].

22nd Annual  Hartford City Civil War Days & Living History
Oct. 7-9, Hartford City, IN

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