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37th Annual Civil War Days Returns to Naper Settlement

Kicking off a season of anniversary celebrations!

A longtime tradition since the 1982, Civil War Days features more than 200 re-enactors bringing every aspect of life during the Civil War to modern day visitors. There are over 30 experiences to explore each day, including the battle. Programming includes presentations from Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, war surgery reenactments, interviews with the First Ladies, and Abraham Lincoln giving his famous speeches.

New Experiences include:
•    Tap out “American Morse” code and learn how telegraph technology changed the war with reenactor David C. Eisiele
•    Performance duo Little Red Canoe will play Civil War tunes and discuss the lives of the songwriters
•    An 1860s mourning portrait, on loan from Barbara Grady, will be on view in Martin Mitchell Mansion
•    Dagnabbit Studio showcases Civil War Era telescopes, an addition to their assortment of tintype photography equipment

The pop-up market Sutler’s Row returns with an assortment of Civil War inspired goods, including era reproduction clothing and toys. Battlefield Balladeers, Little Red Canoe, and the 33rd IL Regiment Volunteer band will be on site performing music of the 1860s. Food will also be available for purchase.

In celebration of the Naperville Heritage Society’s 50th Anniversary, a fifty gun salute will kick off the battle each day, and active and veteran military members and patrons turning 50 in 2019 will receive free admission with a valid form of identification.

•    Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19 | 10 AM-4 PM with all day programming
•    Battle is at 2:30 PM
•    $15 adults, $10 children ages 4-12; Children under 4, museum members, military members, and patrons turning 50 in 2019 are free


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