Civil War Group Bringing Regimental Band to Wheaton Tonight

By Powers, Connie | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), June 25, 1999 | Go to article overview

Civil War Group Bringing Regimental Band to Wheaton Tonight


Powers, Connie, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Connie Powers Daily Herald Correspondent

Want to toe-tap to some old-time music?

The 97th Regimental String Band, a trio of Civil War re-enactors who portray a musical group from the 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment, will present songs from that era tonight. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Wheaton Warrenville South High School auditorium, Butterfield and Wiesbrook roads in Wheaton. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Traditional American songs are accompanied by guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, bass fiddle and tambourine. This will be the band's sixth annual Chicago-area performance sponsored by the Salt Creek Civil War Round Table.

As its name suggests, the round table offers its members monthly group discussions on Civil War topics. The organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism and stimulating interest in the war.

"It's nice to be able to talk with others who share your interest," said Janet Linhart, the group's president.

Linhart, 44, of Wheaton said that her fascination with the Civil War goes back to her high school days.

"My father had an interest, and he had some books that I read," she said. "As I got older, we did some touring of the battlefields."

Linhart actively sought out the round table movement in the early 1990s, starting with the Chicago Civil War Round Table. Then she discovered the Salt Creek Round Table and found that she preferred the smaller group, which draws speakers from its own membership as well as from other area round tables.

"We like to keep things local," Linhart said.

The group's meetings, held the first Friday of each month from October to June at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, feature a talk on a Civil War-related topic, followed by a question-and-answer period.

The organization holds a banquet each September and an auction of books and other Civil War-related items every December. …

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