Abraham Lincoln Visits History Center in May, Part of Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration

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April 3, 2013
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Abraham Lincoln Visits History Center in May, Part of Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration

Lincoln family day program and student writing contest leads a month of Civil War related events at Society historic sites and museums.

The Minnesota History Center is pleased to welcome one of the nation's premier Lincoln actors, Fritz Klein, for a family day program offered in commemoration of the anniversary of the U.S. Civil War and in connection with the exhibit "Minnesota and the Civil War." Additional Civil War related programs are being offered at the Society's historic sites including the Minnesota State Capitol and Historic Fort Snelling.

LincolnThe Minnesota and the Civil War Family Day, May 4, noon to 4 p.m., at the Minnesota History Center, is designed to engage families, children and adults of all ages, in stories about the Civil War and Minnesota's role. In addition to exploring the exhibit, renowned Abraham Lincoln actor Fritz Klein will perform in the 3M auditorium throughout the day and will also greet guests in the exhibit gallery.

Family activities will also include illustrated storytelling; Civil War era music, fashions and games; art activities; a recruiting station where guests can dress up and practice drills; and a photo opportunity with members of the First Minnesota Regiment and costumed History Players.

During the day the winners of the "Dear President Lincoln" student writing contest will be announced. Two junior high students (grades 6 - 8) and two senior high students (grades 9 - 12) will be chosen as grand prize winners and will accompany Minnesota's official Civil War Commemorative Task Force to Gettysburg in July for the 150th anniversary commemoration of the historic battle.

The family day program is free with History Center admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. This event is funded in part by gifts in memory of Marney Brooks.

Additional Civil War related programs in May include:

  • Seniors in Mind: Music of the Civil War
    Minnesota History Center
    Tuesday, May 14 • 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. • Free. Does not include $9 senior admission to History Center. • Reservations: Recommended; call 651-259-3015 or register online.

    Join the Hillgrove Ensemble, featuring Diane and Erik Pearson, as they bring to life the music of the Civil War era. Themes of loss, love, bravery and homesickness color the songs of the 1860's, and are as poignant today as they were in the past. This event is funded in part by gifts in memory of Marney Brooks.

  • Daily Guided Tours of the Capitol
    Minnesota State Capitol
    Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; Sunday, 1–3 p.m. • Tours leave on the hour • Free with suggested donation of $5.

    45-minute tours include stops in the Governor’s Reception Room to see Civil War-themed paintings by noted American artists and the Rotunda to see the current display of recently conserved battle flags from the Civil and Spanish American wars.

  • Civil War History Tour
    Minnesota State Capitol
    Saturday, May 25 • 11 a.m. • $6-9/$2 discount for MHS members.

    Take an in-depth tour to learn about Minnesota’s role in the war and the Capitol’s Civil War artifacts. Reservations required.

  • Military History Timeline
    Historic Fort Snelling
    Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2013 • 10 a.m.–5 p.m. • $6-11/MHS members FREE.

    Honor America’s soldiers by exploring military life with a living timeline. Costumed interpreters represent the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, and other wars through displays of uniforms and equipment and demonstrations of weapons.

"Minnesota and the Civil War" is made possible by the Legacy Amendment through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

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