April 12, 1861 marks the anniversary of the date that shots were fired at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, sparking the United States’ Civil War. Now, 150 years later, schools, museums, libraries and learning centers will take this time to reflect on this pivotal point in our nation’s history. Drawn from the Michigan State University (MSU) Museum’s historical collection, the exhibit highlights Michigan connections in the Civil War. Notably, the entire first graduating class of the Michigan Agricultural College (now MSU) was excused before the graduation ceremonies in 1861 so that they could join the Union Army. Another thread: Luther Baker, the man who led the capture of Lincoln’s assassin, was a Michigan native who returned to Lansing after the war. Several artifacts relate to Civil War General John G. Parkhurst from Coldwater, Michigan, who spent time in the notorious Confederate Libby Prison. Other artifacts include Civil War uniforms, weapons, camp goods, medical equipment — including an amputation and surgery kit – Grand Army of the Republic Veterans’ mementos, and objects relating to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Although no battles were fought on Michigan soil, Michigan does have a number of compelling ties to the war. The exhibit will convey a sense of daily life from the era. The exhibit is not attempting to tell the whole story of the Civil War and all its battles; rather, with the MSU collection, a flavor is given of what it was like to live through the war either as a participant or as someone on the home front waiting for a friend or relative to return from the conflict.
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November 4, 2012
|Start:||April 1, 2011 8:00 am|
|End:||January 1, 2013 5:00 pm|
|Venue:||Michigan State University Museum|
East Lansing, MI, United States
The Civil War was fought by people from your hometown. Despite the fact that no battles were fought in Michigan, Genesee county’s fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, and even some mothers and daughters sacrificed plenty to save the Union.
When the eleven southern states that banded together as the new Confederate States of America formally withdrew from the Union, many Northerners thought the war to end the rebellion would be both short and glorious. As a group, the Southern states had fewer soldiers, fewer factories to make war goods, and less railroad track to quickly move supplies. Knowing these facts, the Union Army offered its volunteers a short six-month enlistment term. Predicting a quick and easy road to victory, the U.S. Army even recruited young men to join and “Take a Tour of the Sunny South” on the government’s dime.
The initial excitement for the war to preserve the Union led young men with romantic visions of doing their patriotic duty from all over Flint, Genesee County, and Michigan to flood the state’s militia ranks. In fact, so many volunteered that some were turned away and forced to join the armies of Ohio, Indiana, or Illinois.
It was only as the months dragged into years and Genesee County men marched into tremendous bloody battles like Antietam and Gettysburg that the nation realized the terrific toll reuniting the country would take. The new exhibit “The Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War” contains the real stories of our hometown hero’s selfless adoption of the Union cause, conspicuous bravery on the battlefield, daring escapes from prison camps and tales of astounding loss in a time not so different from our own. Genesee County natives were on the scene of the war’s first battle on 1861 and fought admirably through the Confederacy’s surrender at Appomattox Court House in 1865.
As the war ended and soldiers returned to Genesee County they brought with them relics of battle ranging from tree limbs to belt buckles, to canteens and drums; many of which are now part of Sloan Museum’s collection. Visitors will be able to see priceless battlefield relics like soldier’s weapons, personal correspondence and photographs. The exhibit will also include information and artifacts relating to the region’s African American soldier’s contribution to the war effort after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. It will also highlight legendary Confederate General James Longstreet, a man Robert E. Lee called “His Old War Horse,” and his connection to Flint.
For more information on the hours and ticket prices for the Sloan Museum.
|Start:||October 6, 2012 8:00 am|
|End:||October 31, 2013 5:00 pm|
1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint, MI, 48503, United States
|Cost:||Adults $9, Seniors $8, Child (3-11) $6, Child (2 & Under) Free, Annual Pass Holder Club - Free, ASTC Reciprocal Members - Free|
Sponsored by Friends of Michigan History, Inc.
|Start:||November 4, 2012 2:00 pm|
|End:||November 4, 2012 3:30 pm|
|Venue:||Michigan Historical Center|
702 W Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI, 48915, United States
The Heavens Are Hung in Black examines Lincoln from an intensely personal point of view. From the death of his son, Willie, to the prosecution of the war, the months leading up to his great decision were filled with heartbreak and setbacks.
Flint Youth Theatre’s chamber performance of The Heavens Are Hung in Black commemorates Lincoln’s presidential legacy two days before our national election.
The evening begins with a chamber performance of the play, followed by a panel discussion and wine and cheese reception.
The Heavens Are Hung in Black is part of Flint Youth Theatre’s Emancipation Project. This season long exploration of the topic of emancipation, from the historical event to its immediate aftermath and through to the present day, honors the 150th anniversary of the proclamation. The project also includes the plays, Gee’s Bend, Gem of the Ocean and The Whipping Man. Emancipation Packages for all four plays are available for $45 by calling 810.-237-1530.
|Start:||November 4, 2012 6:00 pm|
|End:||November 4, 2012 9:00 pm|
|Venue:||Flint Youth Theatre|
1220 E. Kearsley St., Flint, MI, 48503, United States
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