Civil War Saturdays Bring History Alive at the Old State Capitol

Ed Cross
Civil War Saturdays Bring History Alive at the Old State Capitol
SPRINGFIELD, IL – History will come alive at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield with “Civil War Saturdays” beginning Feb. 17.  Civil War Saturdays are living history programs that bring to life important themes in Illinois history in the immersive experience of the Old State Capitol.

The programs are free and open to the public.

Grant Remembers Lincoln
February 17, 2:00 p.m.

We remember President Abraham Lincoln in so many ways, as he has been examined closely through all aspects of his life. One important aspect to ponder:  How did Lincoln create and maintain the partnership with General Ulysses S. Grant that won the Civil War? Hear about this winning partnership from General Grant himself on Saturday, February 17 at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site. Larry Werline, portraying General Grant, will highlight all the important touch points between these two leaders, and what ultimately made them the most successful President/Commanding General in U.S. history.

Larry Werline has been a first-person presenter of Ulysses Grant for 20 years at reenactments, schools, museums, historical societies and the History Comes Alive program at the Old State Capitol every summer.

The program begins at 2:00 p.m. in Representative Hall at the Old State Capitol.

From Seed to Shirt
February 24, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
March 3, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Cotton was the king of the south, playing a major role in American history before and during the Civil War. The program “From Seed to Shirt” explains the role of cotton in the economies of both the South and North. Those attending the programs can help pick seeds from a cotton boll, see how cotton is carded, spun and woven, and learn how Eli Whitney’s invention of the cotton gin changed America forever.

The program will be conducted through an open question-and-answer format. Guests can arrive at any time during the scheduled program to interact with a volunteer and participate in activities.

Children’s Civil War Era Crafts
March 10
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Join us for this fun opportunity to learn about crafts in the Civil War era, and try your hand at making one of your own with the Springfield Soldiers' Aid Society volunteers, who will be in period clothing.

All supplies are provided. Rather than scheduled presentations, guests are encouraged to visit anytime during the program to talk with volunteers and try the activity.
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