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Thursday, June 9, 2011 04:44 pm

Past practices


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 and 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