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American Civil War & Indian Wars Exhibit at McCord

Weapons used at the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Weapons used at the Battle of the Little Bighorn

History will come alive as the McCord Gallery & Cultural Center presents a rare opportunity to view a museum quality collection of privately owned artifacts from the Civil War and the Indian Wars Thursday, March 1 – Sunday, March 4. The exhibit will be open to the public: 10:00am – 4:00pm. General Admission is $12; $10 for members. Children under 18, students and active military will be admitted free of charge. Special evening events will be held on Friday, March 2 & Saturday, March 3, 7:00pm $50 per guest.

A musket that belonged to mountain man Thomas Fitzpatrick who defended the Indian tribes in 1850, a flag carried in battle by Union infantryman Thomas Silence, and items from the Wagon Box Fight and the Fetterman Massacre (battles fought during Red Cloud’s War) are just a few of the items that will be on display. These intriguing artifacts will arouse curiosity in the viewer about the lives and times of their original owners and hopefully will lead to a better understanding of our history. Docents and Civil War re-enactors will be on hand during the exhibit to discuss the significance of the items. At the evening events guests will be able to handle selected weapons and lectures will be presented by Dr. Ted Karamanski, professor of History, Loyola University. Event Chairman, Jason Krausz of Palos Park, has announced that muskets will be fired in military arms demonstrations through out the weekend and Civil War souvenirs will be for sale.

McCord Gallery & Cultural Center is located at 9602 W. Creek Road (129th St. & LaGrange Rd.), Palos Park. For more information, visit Please call 708-671-0648 for daytime general admission tickets or reservations for evening receptions.

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