Local historian, re-enactor to speak

The American Civil War Museum of Ohio is to host Bob Minton of Fostoria at 1 p.m. July 12 with his program, “Behind the Scenes of ‘The Light of Freedom.'”

The program looks at the making of the movie, “The Light of Freedom” from Minton, who was the military coordinator, historian and actor portraying Major Love of the Union Army in the film. This movie dramatizes the emotional and dangerous journey of freed slaves, those who helped and those who tried to stop their escape to freedom during the Civil War, via the Underground Railroad.

Since becoming a Civil War re-enactor in 1992, Minton has been an extra in the movie, “Gods and Generals,” is general in command of the First Federal Division, one of the largest Union re-enacting organizations in the United States and was for six years a colonel in command of the Army of the Ohio, which consists of 19 groups in Ohio and New York.

He is involved in the preservation of artifacts and the history of the war. He helped raise $29,900 for conservation of the 25th Ohio Volunteer Infantry’s regimental flag through the Ohio Historical Society. Minton also has assisted in raising more than $14,000 for the conservation of the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry’s flag.

He is a trustee for Friends and Descendants of Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison. Last year, during the 150th re-enactment of the battle of Gettysburg, he commanded the federal army.

Regular admission fees are to be charged for this program.

American Civil War Museum of Ohio is at 217 S. Washington St. For more details, visit www.acwmo.

org, email or call (419) 455-9551.