Saturday, August 4, 2012
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Sanilac County Historical Museum
Contact: Susan Gill
for more information and photos
Port Sanilac, on the shores of Lake Huron in Michigan's Thumb, will be the site of a weekend-long event commemorating the US Civil War.
Port Sanilac Civil War Days will take place August 4th and 5th, 2012, on the grounds of the Sanilac County Historic Village & Museum. The co-hosts are the Sanilac County Historical Society and the 21st Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company H, with significant sponsorship from the Port Sanilac Downtown Development Authority. This is the fourth year for this event, and the planning committee continues to expand the program to present a wide array of entertaining activities.
Saturday, August 4th: festivities begin at 10:00 am and continue on into the evening. Sunday, August 5th: activities from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.
An admissions donation of $3 per person ($2 per child) is requested to help offset the costs of the program.
Highlights of the 2011 Port Sanilac Civil War Days included:
- Union and Confederate military encampments and demonstrations, including the staging of skirmishes and the firing of cannons!
- Exhibits and displays of all types, including weapons, tools, and methods of the period.
- Educational talks from experts in many fields, all of whom will appear as personalities in appropriate dress. Honored guests will include President & Mrs Abraham Lincoln and Michigan Governor & Mrs Austin Blair
- Participatory activities, including children’s games. In keeping with the times, we’ll even attempt to recruit some young people to serve in the Army!
- Musical performances throughout the day, culminating in a Grand Ball Saturday evening
- Afternoon tea with Mrs Lincoln and other dignitaries in the museum mansion (there is an additional charge for this fundraising event)
- A “shotgun” wedding at the museum church on Saturday, and a period church service on Sunday morning
- A period fashion show and a rousing Punch & Judy show
- Access to all buildings on the museum grounds, with docents to guide you
- Food service, including a corn roast