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The Civil War Museum

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5400 First Avenue
Kenosha , WI , 53140
Phone: 262-653-4141
42° 35' 13.9344" N, 87° 48' 47.8476" W
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The Civil War Museum
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The Civil War Museum is like no other Civil War museum in the country. The Museum focuses on the Civil War from the perspective of the people of the seven states of the upper middle west: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. These seven states sent over one million men to serve in the Union army while providing much of the food and raw materials necessary for the northern states to carry on the war. Through the use of personal stories and narratives, the Museum also explores how the Civil War impacted the people on the Western home front before, during, and after the war by connecting the prewar causes to the postwar effects.

Organization learning resources

Title Description Cost
Virtual Curator Conversations
PUBLISHED

These live educational discussions led by museum professionals are 30 to 45 minutes long and can be modified to fit the age range and background knowledge of your group.

Topics include:

Reading Artifacts – Methods used by historians to interpret material sources – for older students
Equipment & Gear of the Union Soldier – Clothing and various tools of Civil War Union soldiers
Women of the Civil War – The remarkable lives of famous local women of the Civil War
The Underground Railroad – The dramatic stories and common misconceptions of the Underground Railroad

Academic - General
History / social studies
Late Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Adults
$
Civil War Museum Theater Program
PUBLISHED

Grades: 5 – 12 and Adult
Duration: 40-50 minutes
Price: $250 per performance
These living history performances give students the chance to meet important local individuals and learn about their experiences during the war years. Historic figures include Caroline Quarlls, a mixed-race formerly enslaved woman who escaped to freedom at the age of only 16, and Cordelia Harvey, the “Wisconsin Angel” who dedicated her life to improving the treatment of injured soldiers.

Academic - General
History / social studies
Theater
Late Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Adults
$
Civil War Artifact Reading
PUBLISHED

Grades: 8 – 12
Duration: 30-40 minutes
When historians study the past, some of their most valuable resources are primary sources. In this program students get an in-depth look at how historians working with museum collections interpret not just documents, but also photos and material objects as primary sources, and use them to discover more about our history.

History / social studies
Middle School
High School
Adults
$
Cause and Consequences of the Civil War
PUBLISHED

Grades: 6 – 12
Duration: 30-40 minutes
Students will examine primary source photos, artifacts, speeches and more to investigate slavery’s role as the cause of the Civil War, the way enslaved people were treated, and what happened after Emancipation.

History / social studies
Middle School
High School
Adults
$
Medical Lessons of the Civil War
PUBLISHED

Grades: 5 – 8
Duration: 30-40 minutes
Students will delve into Civil War medicine, comparing and contrasting it with modern medicine and using engaging activities to explore issues such as living conditions, nutrition and surgical care.

History / social studies
Late Elementary School
Middle School
$
Voices of the Underground Railroad
PUBLISHED

Grades: 4 – 5
Duration: 30-40 minutes
Students will think like historians as they work with museum educators to learn about slavery, the treatment of the enslaved, the agency that enslaved people had, and the journey to freedom that some of them took.

History / social studies
Late Elementary School
$