HAMMOND | The South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail’s exhibit “Region United, Nation Divided: Civil War in the South Shore” will feature re-enactors presenting a living history of Civil War soldiers every weekend during the month of April at the Indiana Welcome Center. Re-enactors will be present at the expo on April 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Throughout the expo, re-enactors will demonstrate a soldier’s life during the Civil War, the loading and firing of Civil War-era weapons, talk about life at an encampment and answer questions. Re-enactors will also be present on April 27, 28 and May 1 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Local filmmaker Tre Manchester will give a short presentation on the making of the film “To Ride the River” before the showing at 1:30 p.m. on April 20 inside the IN-Vision Theater.
The “Region United, Nation Divided: Civil War in the South Shore” expo will be featured at the Indiana Welcome Center through May 3. In addition to the living history demonstrations, other special events and exhibits include participation by authors, a Civil War-era encampment, photographs and artifacts. There will also be a special exhibit for CHAIRish the Children.
The South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail is a collection of the last known resting places, monuments, architectural icons and sites with Civil War ties that are related to the brave men and women from the region who sacrificed during the most pivotal period in our nation’s history. The trail serves as a guide for visitors who wish to pay their respects to the veterans and learn the stories of their humanity and sacrifice during and after the war.
The Indiana Welcome Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 7770 Corinne Drive, in Hammond. For more information on the exhibit or the South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail, visit www.southshorecva.com/civilwartrail.