Saturday, March 29, 2008

Civil War Museum

In June this year the new Civil War Museum in Kenosha is opening. I know, you're thinking 'a Civil War museum in southeastern Wisconsin, what gives?', but I'll get to that in a minute. Today they had the dedication and sort of an open house for the community.

The museum has been fairly controversial (I seem to remember they had a non-binding vote on it and something like 80% voted against it) because of the subject matter, the money, and the location in Kenosha of it. We went to go check it out today. I have been pretty critical of the museum in the past as well largely because of its location (its big, sort of ugly, and right on the beautiful lakefront - which is what I most disliked), and also I was a little concerned about how well used the museum would be considering the subject matter. From what I saw today I am pretty impressed so far.

The focus of the museum is not battles for obvious reasons, but instead about how the Civil War impacted society. One of the speakers said that 11% of Wisconsin's population served in the Civil War - not 11% of men, 11% of the total - that seems like a huge number, and so its not surprising that it had an impact on society. The museum focuses on the contributions of the 6 states of the Upper Midwest: Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, and Michigan.

I have to keep myself from being unimpressed with the size of Kenosha Museums, but having grown up in Chicago and the amazing museums there I tend to be overly critical of what other cities have to offer. That being said the museum is quite a big larger inside than I thought it was, and so I am looking forward to the opening in June.

One more interesting aspect of today was to walk through a museum that is still in the process of being built. Its sort of intirquing seeing things being built.

Of course I have pictures and video...

Civil War Soldiers

Civil War Ladies

Flying the Colors

Grand Old Flag

Inside the New Museum

Museum Layout

Inside the Civil War Museum



Crowd in the Museum

Gift Shop Preview

Veterans Sign

They gave everyone a plastic kazoo bugle, and everyone saluted the opening of the museum.

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Catholic and politically conservative, I graduated with a BA in History (concentration in American) and Political Science. I'm between two parishes; one in Wisconsin that is fairly traditional, and one in Illinois that is fairly liberal. I teach CCD. I work in the food service industry, which basically means I'm working in fast food until I find a better job. I'd like to work for the church somehow. Right now I'm working on getting my teaching certification, although I'm unsure thats the correct path for me. This blog is as random as I am. I hope you enjoy.