Civil War camp planned Saturday

FREMONT – Spend an afternoon in a Civil War camp training with soldiers Saturday when the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center presents the second session of its new Second Saturdays R 4 Kids series.

The event is set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; however, families may stay a longer or shorter time.

The theme for the day is “Life in a Civil War Camp” and features costumed Civil War re-enactors stationed at a miniature encampment located outside the Hayes Museum. Participants can join the soldiers in marching and cannon drills (weather permitting), then head inside to create their own regimental flags.

Cost to participate is $1 per child and $7.50 per adult. The price includes admission to the museum, where the new Johnson’s Island exhibit, “Privy to History: Civil War Prison Life Unearthed” is on display.

Those with Hayes Presidential Center memberships at the $50 or more level can attend Second Saturdays free. Call (419) 332-2081 for more information or to register for the session.

In addition to practicing military drills, participants can write about their war experiences in journals they create. The journals are a continuing part of Second Saturdays. At each session, new entries are written and at the series’ conclusion participants have a remembrance to take home.

Other dates and topics in the series are:

June 14 – Women in the Civil War.

July 12 – Ohio’s Link to the Underground Railroad.

Aug. 9 – Civil War Medicine.

Sept. 13 – Life in a Civil War Prison.

October – to be announced.

Nov. 8 – Civil War Elections.

Dec. 13 – War ends.

Hayes Presidential Center, at Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont, is online at