Lake County Museum Commemorates Civil War

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Byline: Submitted by Seleena Kuester

In 2011, the Lake County Discovery Museum is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. The museum will host a special exhibition and a series of events that will illuminate this time period.

The sesquicentennial celebration kicks off with Civil War High Tech. This special exhibition, open Saturday, Feb. 5, to Aug. 21, explores how the American Civil War was influenced by technological advances. Learn about submarines, reconnaissance balloons, ironclad ships, railroads and other technology in this interactive exhibit.

Programs highlighting various aspects of the Civil War will also be offered:

* History Explorers: The Underground Railroad will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. Learn more about the signs and secret codes that led the way to freedom and Lake County's place as a stop on the Underground Railroad. This program is for ages 9-11. Registration is required.

* Civil War Sesquicentennial will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21. Kick off the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War with a day of activities, presentations and interactive exhibits that explore this turbulent period in our nation's history. This program is for adults and families. No registration is required. Free with museum admission.

* Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24. Spend an evening with professional actress Pamela Welcome as she portrays the life of Harriet Tubman and her involvement with the Underground Railroad. CPDUs are available. This program is for adults only. Registration is required.

* Medical Innovations and the Civil War, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16. Join Doug Dammann, curator of the Civil War Museum in Kenosha, Wis., as he discusses the changes in medicine that occurred as a result of the war and how Civil War surgeons often receive an undeserved bad rap. …