Return to the Days of the Civil War this Memorial Day at Greenfield Village

A Nation Divided: The Civil War Remembrance, May 29 -31

May 20, 2004, 01:00 ET from The Henry Ford

    DEARBORN, Mich., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- America's proud, patriotic history
 becomes a central part of the special Greenfield Village Memorial Day
 observance with Civil War Remembrance, May 29 - 31.  During Memorial Day
 weekend explore the origins of the meaningful holiday as Union and Confederate
 re-enactor troops and civilians march into Greenfield Village.
     Daily activities give visitors an understanding of the Civil War era and
 the nation's sentiment during this time.  From the severity of the
 battlefields to today's efforts to preserve Michigan's role in the Civil War,
 visitors will take with them a true understanding of Memorial Day and
 America's wartime heroes.
     Presentations include:
     Cavalry Demonstration: See and hear about the lives of the mounted
 soldiers during the Civil War.  Members of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade will
 demonstrate feats of skill and precision at Walnut Grove.  11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
     Camp Life: Visit both the Union and Confederate camps and discover how the
 men of both Union and Confederate armies maintained their weapons and gear,
 cooked meals, cared for their clothing and attempted to amuse themselves.  All
     An Invitation to a Funeral:  During the 19th century, including the period
 of the Civil War, mourning customs were very detailed.  Stop by the Adams
 House to pay your respects and learn about the customs of laying out the dead
 at home.  All Day
     Finding Your Civil War Ancestors: Come to Town Hall and learn how to
 research your Civil War era ancestors.  Bring your Civil War era photos for
 local Civil War photographic historian, Dale Nelson to examine and tell you
 more about them.  All Day
     Fall In!: Find a spot on the Village Green and watch as the troops go
 through their marching and drill practice to keep them in fighting form.
     Union Troops: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Daily
     Confederate Troops: 10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Daily
     Camp Chase Drum & Fife Corp: The drum & fife corp remained a standard part
 of the military throughout the Civil War.  Join the celebrated Camp Chase Drum
 & Fife Corp as they perform military music of the Civil War.  Sunday & Monday:
 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
     Memorial Day Commemoration: Honor the memory of all soldiers during this
 moving commemoration.  Following the playing of our national anthem, historian
 William Hendricks explains the origins of the holiday and recites the historic
 poem "The Blue and the Gray."  This is a special tribute to the soldiers of
 the Civil War.  Monday: Noon
     Greenfield Village is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Sunday.
 For a complete listing of events and times, please visit
     Admission to Greenfield Village: $14 - $20 Children under 5 and members
 are admitted free.
     Admission to Henry Ford Museum:  $10 - $14 Children under 5 and members
 admitted free.
     Admission to Ford Rouge Factory Tour: $10 - $14 Nonmembers.  $8.50 - $10
 members.  Children under 2 admitted free.
     Annual memberships start at $39 and include unlimited admission to Henry
 Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.
     For ticket information call (313) 982-6001 or go online at .
     The Henry Ford, located in Dearborn, Michigan was founded in 1929 by
 automotive pioneer Henry Ford.  This history destination includes Henry Ford
 Museum, Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre, The Benson Ford
 Research Center and The Ford Rouge Factory Tour.  The Henry Ford, America's
 Greatest History Attraction, is the history destination that brings the
 American Experience to life.  For more information please visit our website .

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