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Civil War reenactment to be held Saturday, Aug. 17, at University of Northern Iowa Museum<br>

August 8, 2002
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Kay Thuesen, public affairs coordinator, University Museum, (319) 273-7615
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ? More than 30 Civil War reenactors will set up a living history camp at the University of Northern Iowa Museum Saturday, Aug.17, as part of the Cedar Falls Sesquicentennial celebration. The reenactors will represent the men of Company K, 3rd Iowa Volunteer Infantry.

The camp and activities, speakers, and military drills will take place on the lawn of the University Museum and in the museum building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Formal activities will begin at 10:30 a.m., with morning formation and roll call. Company inspections will be held on the hour throughout the day, and speakers and demonstrations will take place under the tent on the grounds. The museum is located at the intersection of University Avenue and Hudson Road, with access from 31st Street and Hudson Road.

The reenactors will authentically represent Civil War soldiers following the second battle of Jackson, Miss., on July 12, 1863, according to Kay Thuesen, public affairs coordinator for the museum. The men of the 3rd Iowa, after suffering nearly 50 percent casualties, camped near Vicksburg, Miss., to recuperate and await return of the wounded from the hospitals. The recreated camp will show how the men lived in the field during the conflict.

Thuesen said the reenactors, all dressed in authentic clothing, will discuss with the audience a soldier?s duties, home life, and historical events pertinent to this time period. Local historians and history 'buffs' will share information about the local involvement in the war.

Period games, including baseball with the reenactors, will be available. Several crafts will provide hands-on experience for visitors of all ages. There will be demonstrations by members of the Northeast Iowa Weavers and Spinners Guild and the Keepsake Quilters. Visitors will be able to write letters to the soldiers, to distribute during mail call.

UNI lecturer and author Ken Lyftogt will discuss the research for his first book on Cedar Falls in the Civil War, released several years ago, at 11:30 a.m., and his current Civil War research at 2:30 p.m. Jons Olsson, local reenactor and member of the Waterloo Civil War Roundtable, will appear at 12:30 p.m. as a colonel of the 37th Iowa Infantry, known as the Graybeards. There will be an information table staffed by members of the Waterloo Civil War Roundtable.

Boy Scout Troop 73 will provide concessions. Authentic hardtack, issued to the reenactors with their rations, will be available to the public through the gift shop sponsored by the Friends of the UNI Museums. Other Civil War memorabilia will also be available in the gift shop, including Lyftogt's book 'From Blue Mills to Columbia: Cedar Falls and the Civil War.'

Horse-drawn trolley rides will be available to visitors.

The University Museum has received a grant award of $725 from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in support of this project called 'Living History of the Civil War.'

Admission for the Living History of the Civil War event is $2 for adults, and $1 for youths 12 and younger. For more information, call (319) 273-2188.