Maywood’s Civil War Living History Happening May 11

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Civil War re-enactors fire muskets during last year’s annual Civil War Living History event in Maywood. | Submitted photo

Residents of Proviso Township and beyond will once more have an opportunity to witness history up close this year.

On Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Civil War Living History event will take place on the grounds of the historic Home for Soldiers’ Widows, 224 N. 1st Ave. (on the corner of 1st Ave. and Lake St.), in Maywood.

The free event is sponsored each year by the Maywood Historic Preservation Commission and the Friends of the Maywood Home for Soldiers’ Widows.

Vicki Haas, a historic preservation commissioner, said that visitors will be able to “see up close what tools were used [during that time] and how,” adding that guests will also be able to interact with period re-enactors.

The re-enactors dress in Civil War uniforms and portray black and white soldiers who fought with the 10th Illinois Volunteer Infantry and the 26th United States Colored Infantry Regiment.

Historical interpreters and living historians will take audiences on a time travel journey, with interpreters setting up camp, marching, performing a firing demonstration and conducting drills, among other things, Haas said. She welcomed the public to dress in period clothing, as well.

“Bring your friends, your neighbors and your family,” she said. “You’ll have a great time.”

For more info, to volunteer and/or to exhibit, contact Vicki Haas at or (708) 289-7105. VFP

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