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Thursday, June 9, 2011 04:44 pm

Past practices

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Transport to the past in downtown Springfield during a weekend of free demonstrations and activities at the Old State Capitol showing medicine practiced during the Civil War. Highlights of the Civil War Medical Encampment include a Friday night campfire singalong at 7 p.m. on the south lawn, led by musicians Chris Vallillo and Steve Staley. Bring a chair. Saturday’s events kick off with a flag ceremony at 9 a.m., then inside and outside of the Old State Capitol listen to live period music, view displays, spend time with reenactors, help children win prizes in a historic scavenger hunt at 10 a.m. and meet Civil War generals and political leaders at 4:30 p.m. Sunday’s closing ceremony begins at noon. Lincoln Home State Historic Site also presents living history activities all weekend. For complete schedules visit www.facebook.com/OldStateCapitolSpringfield and www.nps.gov/liho. The encampment takes place on the 150th anniversary of the United States Sanitary Commission, a civilian group founded to help with army medical efforts during the Civil War.

Old State Capitol Civil War Medical Encampment
June 10-11, 9am-4pm
June 12, 9am-12pm
Old State Capitol State Historic Site and lawn
Old State Capitol Plaza
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