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Proviso Probe

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Hillside to host Civil War buffs

Hillside Historical Society is holding a Civil War re-enactment to raise money to convert a home into a museum. See Proviso Herald (David Weese) or Suburban Life (Tanya Pantone).

I had a history professor at the U.S. Naval Academy who was quite derisive of the kind of history that emphasizes who was at what battle and the kind of pedantic details that go into re-enactment when the scholarship failed to connect the details with the larger society.

If you go to the encampment, please take the time to ask about the big picture. Let me know if there's anybody there pushing the meme that the war wasn't about slavery.

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  • I dropped by the event and it was quite good. Even the rain did not prevent it from being entertaining. I was rather intrigued by the firing of the cannon and the surgery that took place.


    By Anonymous AB from Bellwood, at 12:06 AM, August 19, 2007  

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