Living history

Battery D first Michigan Artillery from Jackson fires a Civil War Era Cannon during a presentation for fourth grade students from Lakeview Elementary School in Negaunee. (Photo by Lisa Bowers)
Dan Choszczyk forges a knife during a presentation for Lakeview Elementary School students on Thursday reenactment of a Civil War Era Blacksmith Camp known as Black River Blades. Choszczyk and his wife Deborah are participating in “Iron Ore to the Civil War” a presentation at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee. The series of activities also includes a Living History Encampment by Battery D, 1st Michigan Light Artillery. Battery D interprets army life of the Civil War pe period demonstrating artillery and small arms drills, period cooking and soldiers' pastimes. (Photo by Lisa Bowers)

NEGAUNEE — Battery D 1st Michigan Light Artillery from Jackson fired a Civil War-era cannon during a presentation Thursday for fourth-grade students from Lakeview Elementary School in Negaunee. The demonstration is part of “Iron Ore and the Civil War,” a presentation at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee. The museum’s presentation, which also includes a living history encampment by Battery D that interprets Army life during the Civil War featuring artillery demonstrations, small arms drills, period cooking and soldiers’ pastimes.

The event will be free and open to the public Saturday. Attendees can visit Black River Blades and the Battery D encampment from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Civil War-era artillery demonstrations, including the firing of a cannon will take place at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Children’s games and activities will take place from noon to 3:30 p.m.

The last episode of Michigan native Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary “The Better Angels of Our Nature” will be shown at 1:30 p.m. in the museum auditorium. All other events will be held outdoors on the museum grounds.­