Public Programs Calendar
These programs are held at our Chicago, Illinois facility unless otherwise indicated.
The 16th Civil War Symposium & Reenactment
Title: 1863: The Tide of War Turns
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Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Place: The First Division Museum at Cantigny, Wheaton, Illinois
The Saturday Symposium presentations include:
- The Union High Command at Chancellorsville
Robert Girardi, Independent Scholar
- Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War
James Downs, Connecticut College
- The Vicksburg Campaign
Michael Ballard, Mississippi State University
- Fighting Desertion and Disloyalty: The Rise of Army Intelligence Operations in the Midwest in 1863
Stephen Towne, Indiana University-Purdue
Living History Displays and Outdoor Activities:
Living History re-enactors portraying soldiers and civilians will interact with Symposium participants. During lunch, chat with fellow Symposium participants, meet Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Tubman, and the common Civil War soldier. Tour the Soldiers' Encampment, watch Union and Confederate soldiers skirmish, or explore the outstanding museum and grounds at Cantigny. Fun, educational activities for children and adults alike will be available.
Books related to Symposium presentations, and the Civil War in general, will be on sale during the program.
Ample parking is available in the First Division Museum's lot. The parking fee is waived for Symposium participants. Entrance to the museum and grounds is free. (Directions)
Activities are free.
Symposium participants are encouraged to bring a lunch or visit one of the two restaurants at Cantigny. Fast food and other restaurant options are located just outside the park.
Seating capacity is limited to 125, so register in advance!
On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the Symposium.
Teachers can earn continuing education credits through the First Division Museum.