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Lake Land College plans Civil War presentations for sesquicentennial

Did you know we’re in the midst of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War? From 1861 to 1865, the conflict between north and south caused more American deaths than did all of the 20th Century wars combined. Commemorate this extraordinary event in American History with Lake Land College.

Throughout the month of March, Lake Land will host an exhibit from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum entitled, “To Kill and To Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War.” This exhibit will be on display at the Learning Resource Center. 

A presentation, “War Weaponry and Innovations” will be hosted on Tuesday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to noon in Webb Hall, room 081. Join Jake Hortenstine, antique firearms collector, who will bring and discuss pieces from his extensive Civil War weaponry collection. 

Additionally, “Patriotism, Sentimentality, Yearning, and Loss: The Songs of the Civil War” will be presented by Nancy Caldwell, Lake Land College music instructor. This event will take place on Thursday, March 21 at 2:30 p.m. in Neal Hall, room 109. 

During this session, participants will hear examples of Civil War songs and discuss their specific appeal to Americans during the war and beyond.

According to Caldwell, music was an important emotional outlet during the War.

“Songs rallied the troops, passed the time for encamped soldiers, captured the drama of military campaigns, and most of all, created a feeling of inclusion” explained Caldwell. “People singing songs about the Civil War understood that others shared their worry and pain, and this was a source of comfort.”

On Wednesday, March 27 join Lake Land instructors Matt Greider and Mike Rudibaugh for a presentation entitled “Scoping The North and South - Evaluating Pre-Civil War Assets for Union & Confederate War Making.” This presentation awill be held at 2 p.m. in Northeast 103. 

These events are free and open to the public. 

For more information, contact Emily Ramage at (217) 234-5403or 



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