Thursday, August 9, 2018

Battery Hooper Civil War Days 2018

I still volunteer at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum (since 2006, where does time go?) and since it is August, I figured I’d write a few words about the museum’s signature event, Battery Hooper Civil War Days. We hold it every August, usually the third weekend, including this year when it takes place August 18 and 19.  Admission and parking are free, and it is definitely a family friendly event, good for both children and adults.

While much of the event will remain similar to past years - the Civil War encampment, re-enactors, a Civil War medical display, living historian presentations such as Abraham Lincoln, a petting zoo, our gift shop and more - we do have some new entertainment including a Mary Lincoln impersonator and a couple of musical acts.  Additionally, our used book sale has received a recent donation, so we have more books for sale than ever. These are mostly Civil War books, with some general military history ones as well. They are priced to sell, but anything priced over $10 will be 50% off. It is a great chance to add to your library or find a gift for a Civil War buff (though I do not really like that term.)

The event runs from 12:00 -  5:00 on both days.

You can also watch the museum’s or event’s Facebook pages for more updates. I’ll be posting there daily or almost daily until that weekend has come and gone.

I must admit that helping set up and run this event, and seeing the work it takes to pull it off, has made quite an impression on me. Helping the re-enactment in Cynthiana in June added to that, but it all has been both good and interesting experiences for me. I am glad I found this volunteer opportunity so many years ago. I may not have started this blog had I not tried the volunteering experiment first. I’ve seen neat items - actually held real Civil War era guns and artifacts - enjoyed experiences like Battery Hooper Civil War Days, met a lot of interesting people and had a lot of enjoyable conversations.  Volunteering at this museum has certainly had an impact on my life.

I know I have rambled a bit off-topic, but this event is important to me. I hope others enjoy it as much as I do.

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