Monday, June 11, 2012
Festival reenactments include military life, and civilian encampments during the 1860s.
The grounds of Gordon Hall came alive this weekend as visitors across Michigan descended on Dexter for the second annual Civil War Days celebration. The event, which featured military encampments, musical performances and demonstrations of life in the 1860s, was a fitting tribute for the 151st anniversary of the U.S. Civil War. “We’re providing a snapshot of Michigan in 1861, when President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 troops and the Michigan 4th Infantry began mustering volunteers,” event chairwoman Donna Fisher said. Fisher said she was impressed with the public turnout. “I am thrilled to see so many smiling faces,” she said. “We wanted to put on an event that was both historical and affordable and I think we’ve done that.” Beverly …
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Here is a look at Sunday's line-up for the Civil War Days fundraiser at Gordon Hall.
Civil War Days, a two-day festival at Gordon Hall in Dexter, continues today. Events include a cemetery service honoring Col. Harrison Jeffords, wet plate photography demonstrations, and a vintage baseball game featuring the Dexter Union Base Ball Team. Other events include: For a complete list of events, visit www.dextermuseum.org.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Dexter Area Historical Society's commemoration of the U.S. Civil War will take place June 8-10.
History will come alive this weekend as Confederate and Union armies clash on the grounds of Gordon Hall in Dexter. Though no actual battle re-enactments are planned for the second annual Civil War Days, members of the Dexter Area Historical Society are promising plenty of entertainment throughout the three-day event. Included in the festivities will be a display of 1860s military and civilian culture on the Gordon Hall property, which is owned by the nonprofit historical society. There will be military encampments featuring the 4th Michigan Infantry, Company A, 1st Michigan Light Artillery, Battery B, and 17th Michigan, Company E, among others. "We have a great program this year with a lot of returning events, but also some new unique …