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U.S. Grant Birthday Celebration in Galena, IL April 17-19, 2009

Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society presents

U.S. Grant Birthday Celebration

and Civil War Living History Encampment

on April 17-19, 2009 in Galena, IL

Walk back in time and experience a living history Civil War encampment complete with 2 Civil War Battles.  Tour General Grant's Home, watch a 1865 General's News Conference or attend General Grant's Birthday Ball.  These are just a few of the many activities offered at the U.S. Grant Birthday Celebration.  Most of the events are free!  Festivities start Friday evening with a Lamplight Tour of the Grant Home.  The Living History encampment begins Saturday at 10 am with a boom of the cannon and ends with the gaiety and dance of the Grant Birthday Ball.  As the picture below portrays, Mike and Anita Reese, Innkeepers of the Queen Anne Guest House, enjoy a bit of refreshment after dancing at the Grant Birthday Ball.  A favorite Sunday event is attending the Civil War Era Church Service and Potluck at the Methodist Church.  Grant Birthday Celebration offers something for the entire family.  So come to Galena and join in the fun.  Listed below is a schedule of events.  For questions please contact the History Museum at 815-777-9129 or visit www.galenahistorymuseum.org.

Friday---April 17, 2009

6:00-8:00 p.m.                          Lamplight Grant Home Tour and Log Cabin Living History

Saturday---April 18, 2009

10 a.m.-4 p.m.                          Living History Encampment, Sutlers & Food Tent

10 a.m.                                       Camp Opening: Cannon Fire/Military Drills

11 a.m.                                        Ladies Ball Headpiece Workshop & Tea

11 a.m.                                        Spy Chase & Capture; downtown Main Street

12 p.m.                                        Spy Trial

12:30 p.m.                                   Pie Auction

1:15 p.m.                                     Period Band Concert by Hammer & Pick

2:00p.m.                                      Civil War Battle; east Galena River Bank

2:45p.m.                                      1865 Generals' News Conference

5:30 p.m.                                      Dining with the Generals; DeSoto Hotel, $45 advance reservations

                                                        required, 815-777-9129

7:30 p.m.                                      Promenade of Ball-goers on Main Street

8:00-11:00 p.m.                          Grant Birthday Ball with Dancemaster; Period Music by Hammer

                                                        & Pick; DeSoto Hotel

Sunday---April 19, 2009

10 a.m.-3 p.m.                              Living History Encampment, Sutlers & Food Tent

10:00 a.m.                                     Camp Opening: Cannon Fire/Military Drills

10:30 a.m.                                      Civil War-Era Church Service & Pot Luck; Methodist Church

                                                          125 S. Bench Street

11:30 a.m.                                       Reflections: Mary Walker, Civil War Doctor

12:00 p.m.                                       Cannon Fire

12:30 p.m.                                       From Hardscrabble to the White House by President & Mrs. Grant

1:30 p.m.                                         Civil War Battles; east Galena River Bank


For more information or to make reservations, contact us at 815-777-3849, email us, or click here to book online.
queenannebnbgalena@gmail.com 200 Park Avenue | Galena IL 61036 | 815-777-3849 | queenannebnbgalena@gmail.com