Crisp Museum to Host ‘Civil War Times’ Feb. 16

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 4, 2013 – “Civil War Times” is being hosted by the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 16 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

“Civil War Times” introduces the life and times of soldiers and their families. Participants will witness setting up camp, daily chores, work and leisure of historic times and enjoy hands-on activities, food tasting, period clothing, music and interesting demonstrations.

Special guests at the event include the Turner Brigade, the Sixth Missouri Company D Confederate Infantry Reenactors of Dexter, Mo., and History Alive Living History Interpretive Group.

The Turner Brigade is a reenactor organization that portrays infantry, artillery and engineer units of Missouri Union volunteers and civilians of the Civil War period. Members of the 1st MO Engineers of the West will be on hand with their rifles and accouterments. The ladies will demonstrate children’s games and sewing and will talk about camp life as laundresses and the duties of a Civil War nurse.

The Sixth Missouri Company D Confederate Infantry Reenactors of Dexter will demonstrate setting up camp and will introduce easy-to-learn period dances while encouraging audience participation.

History Alive Living History Interpretive Group is a student group that will portray composite characters of the Civil War period.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 1-4 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email museum@semo.edu.