Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Civil War comes to Bloomington

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Media Contact:
Jill Lesh, Director, Monroe County History Center
812.332.2517 or

Note to editors: Print quality images of last year’s encampment are available for use.

The Civil War Comes to Bloomington

Visitors can enjoy “The Faces of Lincoln” Exhibit and the 42nd
Indiana Infantry Civil War Re-enactors at the Monroe County History Center.

Bloomington – A Civil War encampment will take place on June 7th and 8th at the Monroe County History Center in conjunction with a special exhibit about Abraham Lincoln. The event will provide a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and how people lived during that time period.

The 42nd Indiana Infantry Civil War re-enactors will be in full attire again this year on the lawn of the Monroe County History Center for demonstrations and presentations throughout the weekend of June 7th and 8th. The fully equipped infantry, led by long-time re-enactor Joel Foust, will demonstrate weaponry, camp cooking and medical treatment along with real musket drills.

Inside the History Center on Saturday, visitors can see “The Faces of Lincoln” exhibit and enjoy presentations, including a first-person activity for children and parents at 10 am by well-known re-enactor Dean Dorrell: “A Visit with Abraham Lincoln.” The Indiana Infantry will be on-site on through Saturday night and into Sunday morning. The encampment will be open on Sunday for informal interactions with re-enactors until about 2 pm. A complete schedule is provided on the attached pdf document.

The Monroe County History Center is located at 202 East Sixth Street in downtown Bloomington, just one block east of the courthouse square. For additional information about the Monroe County History Center or the Civil War Re-enactment, call 812.332.2517 or visit For more events in Bloomington, see the event calendar at or call the Bloomington Visitors Center at 800.800.0037.

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