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Iron Ore and the Civil War

August 1, 2011
The Mining Journal

NEGAUNEE - Michigan Iron Industry Museum visitors will be treated to the sights and sounds of the Civil War during "Iron Ore and the Civil War," a two-day event featuring re-enactors and musicians Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7

Guests will experience everyday life as it was during the Civil War and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States. Guests will be able to enter the campsite and interact with the costumed interpreters to learn about soldiers' pastimes, food and life during the mid-19th century.

Civil War-related programs will combine a living-history encampment, artillery and small arms demonstrations, period music and children's games with the smell of black powder, wood fires and cornmeal Johnny cakes. The event will also feature children's games and activities. The Future Historians, costumed youth of the museum's student auxiliary, will play table games, croquet, snap-apple, Blind Man's Bluff and walk on stilts.

The documentary "Michigan in the Civil War" will be shown at 1 and 3 p.m. each day in the museum auditorium.

The museum entrance is located on U.S. 41 East, one mile west of Junction M-35 in Negaunee Township. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 475-7857 or visit



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