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MEDIA ALERT: Gettysburg/Vicksburg Anniversary Commemoration July 1-4 at History Center, James J. Hill House, Minnesota State Capitol
In the summer of 1863, nearly simultaneous Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg marked the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. Minnesota soldiers were on the front lines.
WHAT: Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the battles of Gettysburg/Vicksburg with special programs at the Minnesota History Center, the James J. Hill House and the Minnesota State Capitol, July 1-4.
- July 1: The week begins with special Monday hours at the Minnesota History Center, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- July 1: (Lecture) Last Full Measure: Remembering the First Minnesota at Gettysburg with Richard Moe
Minnesota History Center, 7 p.m.
- July 2: (Live Music) 9 Nights of Music: Century Brass Band and Music of the Civil War
Minnesota History Center, preshow at 5:30 p.m. memorial processional at 8:30 p.m.
- July 3: (Lecture) Surviving the Civil War with John Lundstrom
James J. Hill House, 6:30-9 p.m.
- July 4: (Specialty Tour) Capitol Civil War Tour featuring a remnant of the First Minnesota Infantry flag carried at Gettysburg in 1863 (pictured above)
Minnesota State Capitol, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
- July 4: (Family Activity) Gettysburg/Vicksburg Anniversary Family Day with music, dance, crafts, Civil War lecture, 1860s fashion show, an ice cream social and more! Plus, meet Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.
Minnesota History Center, Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE with admission.
Plus, finalists from the MHS "Dear President Lincoln" student writing contest are heading to Gettysburg with Minnesota's official Civil War Commemorative Task Force. Follow along as they blog about their experiences.
RESOURCES: For more Civil War related events and programs visit our calendar of events. Explore our rich menu of programs and resources related to the anniversary of the Civil War, including collection items, articles, videos, books, podcasts, images and more.
The History Center exhibit "Minnesota and the Civil War" is on view through Sept. 8, 2013.