Civil War Living History Set for Saturday, May 13

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Gerry Bliss, portraying Capt. Lindsey Carr, shows the crowd a piece of historical ammunition at last year’s living history.| File

Thursday, May 11, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

The Friends of the Maywood Home for Soldiers Widows and the Village of Maywood are gearing up for the annual Civil War Living History, which is set to take place on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. , outside of the Soldiers Widows Home, 224 N. 1st Ave. in Maywood.

Each living history comprises historical interpreters and historians who participate in a demonstration, replete with pitched tents, a smoldering fire, decorated soldiers and an army hospital.

Tom Kus, the chairman of the Maywood Historical Preservation Commission, said at last year’s event that  the demonstration serves to pitch the historical building’s future while celebrating the past.

Kus said the commission wants to see the historical home, which has been derelict since a 2003 fire, renovated and put back to use. In 2012, the building was listed by Landmarks Illinois as one of the state’s 10 most endangered historical places. VFP

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