New display, travel author highlight Memorial Day weekend at region Civil War exhibit

2013-05-24T19:45:00Z 2013-05-25T23:35:11Z New display, travel author highlight Memorial Day weekend at region Civil War exhibitMarc Chase marc.chase@nwi.com, (219) 662-5330 nwitimes.com

A new display highlighting Indiana's contributions to the Civil War effort and a presentation by a travel author will highlight Memorial Day weekend events sponsored by the South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail.

The Indiana Historical Society's "Faces of the Civil War" historical display has been added to the Region United, Nation Divided: Civil War in the South Shore exhibit at Hammond's Indiana Welcome Center.

The display, which commemorates the statewide effort of Indiana during our nation's bloodiest war through a series of free-standing panels, complements the overall exhibit's hundreds of photos, narrative text, artifacts and flag reproductions. The exhibit tells the local story of Northwest Indiana men and women who sacrificed during the war. The Historical Society display will be at the exhibit through June 24.

More than 200,000 Hoosiers participated in the 1861-65 war, more per capita than any other state except Delaware. Hundreds of those soldiers came from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.

The exhibit, which runs through June 30, is free and open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout Memorial Day weekend. About 5,000 people have visited the exhibit since its April 6 opening, including hundreds of region schoolchildren on field trips.

As part of the exhibit, Chicago-based travel author Michael Weeks is scheduled to deliver a guest lecture at 1:30 p.m. Saturday regarding his book "The Complete Civil War Road Trip Guide." Weeks also will have copies of his book for sale and will perform a book signing after the lecture at the Welcome Center.

The book highlights 10 possible travel itineraries for road trips that cover every major battle of the war and details about 450 different historical sites related to the war.

Civil War re-enactors from the 20th Indiana Infantry Company B living history group are scheduled to camp out on the Old Lake County Courthouse lawn in Crown Point, providing live demonstrations and military drills consistent with the Civil War era throughout the weekend.

Re-enactors will be available to answer questions and perform their demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

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