I will make this short for those of us on the steering committee because the meeting was short. Jason Reinholz, Dave Gerow and Andy Ackert were the only ones stupid enough to go to the Kenosha Civil War Museum during a Snow storm on November 21st. We discussed briefly membership and recruiting efforts but then went heavily into a schedule that would not only cover next year but also 2017.
April 30th — Fox Lake, WI: Raising the Citizens Guard (POC Tom Klas)
May 13th-15th — Picket Post in Morganton Kentucky (Already filled no POC or Officer)
June 11th-12th— Salute to Freedom at the Kenosha Civil War Museum (6th WI) (POC Andy A) (Officer Dave G)
June 17 to 19th — Independence Village, IL: (Civilian) (POC Jason R)
July 23rd and 24th— Bull Run Living History: (1st Michigan) (POC Tom Klas)
August 27th and 28th — Fort Wayne (5th Michigan) (POC Jeremy Brevard)
September 24th and 25th — Greenbush Winter Quarters: We will be Confederate if schedule is on pace. (POC Eric Geise)
October 7th-9th — Perryville, KY: National Event (105th OH) (POC Scott Cummings)
November 12th — Meeting at Kenosha Civil War Museum at 11:00 a.m.
2016 Events of Interest
April 16th — Iron Brigade Dinner at the KCWM (more information will come about this)
------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2017 April (TBD) — Picket Post near Lake Geneva, WI (POC Jason R)
May 5-7th — 154th Anniversary of Jackson’s Flank March (82nd Illinois) (POC Jason R)
Summer — Antietam Living History (27th,19th Indiana) (POC Tom Klas)
October 27th-29th — Forty Rounds Event ??????????? ------------------------------------------------------------------------
Steering Committee for 2016
Jeremy B Andy Ackert Dave Gerow Dave Fromader Tom Klas Jason R ... See MoreSee Less
Hi there! My name is Mary Challman, and I am the current graduate assistant at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site outside of Charleston, IL. My dear friend Betsy Connolly referred me to you - I'm planning our "Independence Day, 1865" event, and I was wondering if your organization would be interested in attending. The event is taking place on July 11th and 12th. My vision for this event - I want to illustrate the relief and joy as well as the political tension that came with the end of the war and the reunion of the country - both a festive Independence Day celebration and a memorial of the lives lost (including Lincoln's) during the war. There would be opportunities to engage the public and to talk about the end of the war and the beginning of reconstruction in either first person or third person. I'm hoping to have some more celebratory activities, like a reading of the Declaration, toasts to the nation, and *hopefully* some political speeches. If you would be interested in doing any military drill or similar activities, I would be more than happy to facilitate that. We would be able to provide food and lodging. Please let me know if anyone in your organization would be interested in participating! Thanks so much. ... See MoreSee Less
I would like to work out some dates during the summer that your unit, the Old North-West Volunteers, or such of its members as would wish to participate, in either recreating a recruiting, training or camp life scene from the Civil War to liven up the neighborhood this summer.
Now that the sesquicentennial of the Civil War is officially over everywhere east of Oklahoma, perhaps your unit, or such members as would wish to, would want to come down on select weekends this summer and either help us with some of our summer programs, like "The Haversack" Program, or such other set ups of as great or small complexity as you may wish.
I have taken the liberty of attaching the haversack program script, for it can be done by one or more individuals in military uniform using items from either your, or our haversack. We even have items that the youngsters can select from to create their own take home haversack, using Zip-lock* bags and cut outs that we provide them for the program. But, if your gentlemen have other ideas for a program or a day or weekend event, run it by Ms. Gundrum and myself, and very likely we can go with it if it meets our main themes for the Lincoln Home NHS.
We have missed your unit and its members presence in the neighborhood over the last couple of years, and I would greatly like to see if we can get your folks back in the neighborhood. Drop me a line and lets see what we can pull together.
Have a Great Evening!
Kyle F. McGrogan, Park Ranger Lincoln Home National Historic Site 413 South Eighth Street Springfield, IL 62701-1905 Tel:(217)391-3212 Kyle_McGrogan@nps.gov ... See MoreSee Less