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June 30, 2013

Troops flock to state capitol

Local re-enactors step into mid-1860s

(Continued)

Danville teachers Deborah and Anna Kelly, and Natalie Missaggia were part of a sewing circle demonstration and organized two fashion shows. Most of the female participants in the event were also featured in the fashion show.

Matt Worley and his son, Andrew, worked with me on the infantry drill on Friday and portrayed soldiers from the 35th Illinois Infantry the rest of the weekend.

James Bolin and his wife Diane, from near Hillsboro, Ind., portrayed a mid-1800s blacksmith and his wife, complete with a forge and 1800s era tools, making various items from hot iron. More than 100 other living history presenters from around the Midwest took part in the event. Nationally known period musicians, including the 97th Regimental String Band and Chris Vallillo, performed.

Mike Burke with the Old State Capitol Historic Site said, “This year’s encampment was a great success as we continue to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Illinois’ role in the Civil War. The encampment was also the kickoff for our summer-long ‘History Comes Alive’ program.”

He added, “From mid-June through Labor Day weekend, many Springfield sites and museums will be brimming with free live performances and fun activities that will transport you and your family back in time to the Springfield that Abraham Lincoln knew and loved.”

Burke said that about 4,000 people attended the weekend activities.

FYI

To learn more about summer activities at the Old State Capitol, go to www.visit-springfieldillinois.com, and click on the “History — It’s Alive all Summer Long” link. You also can find the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau on Facebook or by calling 800-545-7300. 

 

 

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