NEGAUNEE - "Iron Ore and the Civil War," an annual Civil War encampment at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee Township, returns to the museum this weekend.
Museum visitors will be treated to the sights and sounds of the Civil War during the two-day event, which features living history re-enactors and artillery demonstrations, along with period music, children's games and food.
"This is a family-fun event for people to experience everyday life of the Civil War, and to learn about Michigan's role during the conflict," museum historian Troy Henderson said. "Museum guests will be able to enter the campsite and interact with the costumed interpreters to learn about soldiers pastimes during the mid-1800s."
“Iron Ore and the Civil War,” a two-day encampment at the Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee Township, will feature cannons, costumes and children’s games this weekend. (Iron Industry Museum photo)
Battery D, 1st Michigan Light Artillery from downstate Jackson, will recreate Civil War army life with artillery and small-arms drills, camp cooking and soldiers' pastimes. Battery D will be joined by the museum's costumed student auxiliary - The Future Historians - who will play table games, croquet, snap-apple, Blind Man's Bluff and walk on stilts.
The state's wartime contribution of not only manpower, but also iron ore resources was instrumental in helping to preserve the Union.
The 90-minute documentary "Michigan in the Civil War" will be shown at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the museum auditorium.
The museum entrance is located on US 41 East about a mile west of its intersection with M-35, in Negaunee Township.
The Michigan Iron Industry Museum overlooks the site of the Carp River Forge, a pioneer industrial site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
There is no admission charge at the museum, which is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
For more information, call 475-7857 or visit the museum website at www.michigan.gov/ironindustrymuseum.