Exploring Guelph’s connection to the American Civil War

GUELPH, ON, January 19, 2013 – Guelph’s connection to the American Civil War will be the topic of discussion Friday, January 25 at Guelph Civic Museum. As part of Fourth Fridays, this event features a talk at 7 pm by host and guest curator, Alexandra Hrienko-Chilcott. Civil War re-enactors will be on hand to help bring the era to life with displays of items from their own collections. “I’m excited to share many of the fascinating stories of people and events that connected Guelph with the American Civil War”, says Alex whose research lead to the development of the case exhibit, “Making Our Mark- Guelph’s Connection to the American Civil War.”

 The American Civil War (1861-1865) is often mistakenly understood to be a war fought between Americans only. Even though Canada’ official standing on the war was neutral, it is believed that over 50,000 Canadians in fact participated in the war. Reflecting on records and local newspaper articles from the time, it can be estimated that close to over a dozen men from Guelph enlisted.

 Museum hours are extended from 5 to 9 pm on January 25. Admission is free for this Fourth Fridays event.

 Guelph Civic Museum is located at 52 Norfolk St.  For more information, call 519-836-1221 or visit guelph.ca/museum

Posted by Dawn Owen on January 19, 2013