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Home Front Seminar

Saturday, March 16, 2019; Registration – 8:30am-9:30am; Programs begin at 9:30am | Location: Civil War Museum

The Civil War Museum’s annual Home Front Seminar highlights topics and talks pertaining to the non-military and social history aspects of the Civil War period.

2018 Home Front Seminar presentations:

Cardomania! The Rise and Fall of the Carte de Visite in Civil War America
Ronald Coddington
Editor and Publisher, Military Images Magazine
The Civil War Generation was the first to grow up with photography. This transformative medium made it possible for Americans from all walks of life to preserve their own likeness, a privilege once reserved only for the wealthy. During photography’s early years, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes ruled the portrait world. Then, on the eve of the Civil War, a curious new format landed in America—the carte de visite. After hostilities began, hundreds of thousands of citizen soldiers and sailors posed for their likenesses. Countless millions of photographs were produced. Significant numbers of these most intimate and personal artifacts survive today. Some are finding a place among the iconic images of the war. Join Ron Coddington, author of four books of collected Civil War portraits and editor and publisher of Military Images magazine, as he tells the story of the rise and fall of the carte de visite—and what became of them.

John Brown’s Children and the Long Reach of the Civil War
Dr. Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz
History Department, Eastern Illinois University
The talk will cover the participation of Brown’s children in the antislavery movement and the coming of the war as well as their lives after Brown’s execution in 1859, when they lived with his notoriety. The last Brown child, Annie, died in 1926, and she and her seven  siblings long grappled with what Brown’s activism had meant and how it and the war should be, and were being, remembered by the broader American public.

Wisconsin Farms to Factories
Dan Hess
Old World Wisconsin
In the years leading up to the Civil War to the years following, Wisconsin saw vast changes in it’s agricultural and manufacturing industries.  What were these changes, what caused them, and what did this mean for the people of Wisconsin?  Dan Hess is the Guest Experience Manager of Historic Trades at Old World Wisconsin of the Wisconsin Historical Society. As the manager of it’s Historic Trades program Dan researches, practices and teaches people the history and practical skills of historic Blacksmithing, Leatherwork and Woodworking. His education includes studying History, Anthropology and Museum Studies at Luther College and Historical Administration at Eastern Illinois University.

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