By 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield is set to host an engaging and educational event for history enthusiasts and families alike with the Civil War Living History Day at South Park. This two-day event, scheduled for Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, promises a captivating experience filled with historical reenactments, musical performances, and informative talks that transport attendees back to the era of the Civil War.

Event Highlights and Schedule

Saturday, June 8 – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Music of the Civil War: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Steve and Lisa Ball will kick off the event with performances throughout the day, bringing the sounds of the Civil War to life.

The Daguerreotype Experience: 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Michael Rhodes will present “The Daguerreotype—The Great Social Equalizer and The Studio Experience,” highlighting the importance and impact of early photography.

A Day in a Private’s Life: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Private Rex Maggert will share insights into the daily life of a Civil War private, offering a personal glimpse into the past.

Reenactor Ladies Tea: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Join the reenactors for a Ladies Tea at the pavilion, where participants can experience the social customs of the time.

The Civil War Songbird: 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Diane Virostko will perform solo interpretations of Civil War music, including patriotic, hymns, and spiritual selections.

Lt. George Erasmus Dixon: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM John Spaziani will present the story of Lt. George Erasmus Dixon, the third and last “Captain” of the Confederate submarine The Hunley.

So You Want to be an Army Nurse: 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Jackie Greer will discuss the roles and duties of Army nurses during the Civil War, providing an in-depth look at their contributions and challenges.

Candlelight Lantern Tours: 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM End the day with a mesmerizing lantern tour of the camps, offering a unique nighttime perspective of the historical settings.

Sunday, June 9 – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Church Service: 11:00 AM Skip Wilson will lead a period-appropriate church service, offering a moment of reflection and historical authenticity.

Portrayal of Mary Surratt: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Carol Polkinghorne will deliver a first-person portrayal of Mary Surratt, providing insights into her life and historical significance.

President Lincoln’s Journey: 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM John King will present “President Lincoln goes to Washington (the Four Worst Years of His Life),” shedding light on Lincoln’s challenging presidency.

First Lady Mary Lincoln: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Mrs. King will offer a portrayal of First Lady Mary Lincoln, giving attendees a glimpse into her life and experiences during the Civil War.

The Ohio Statehouse Guns: 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Duncan Virostko will discuss the Ohio Statehouse guns, providing historical context and stories related to these significant artifacts.

Throughout the event, Rick Helwig will demonstrate cannon firing every hour, adding to the immersive experience.

Experience History Firsthand

The Civil War Living History Day at South Park provides a unique opportunity to experience the past through live reenactments, music, and educational presentations. This event is perfect for history buffs, families, and anyone interested in learning more about this pivotal period in American history.

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