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Commemorating 150 Years Since The Surrender at Appomattox 

Peace In Union

A National Treasure
“Peace in Union” by Thomas Nast 1895

PEACE IN UNION

8pm “Peace in Union” - The highlight of the two weekends will be a theatrical production entitled “Peace in Union”, held at the Turner Hall auditorium in Galena, IL (115 S. Bench Street). This will be a dramatic recreation of the events leading up to the surrender, the painting of Peace in Union, and why Galena was such a pivotal community at that time. The entire performance will culminate with a live recreation of Lee’s surrender to Grant. Performances are:  Friday the 17th, and Saturday the 18th . The performance will include Civil War era music. Tickets are $10/person; Tickets are still available for purchase at Gateway to History, 403 S. Main Street, Galena & U.S. Grant Museum, 211 S. Bench Street and at Turner Hall the night of the performance. Doors at Turner Hall will open at 7:00 pm each evening. Fried Green Tomatoes and The Log Cabin restaurants are both providing free shuttle service from behind their restaurants on Commerce Street. The shuttles will begin running at 7 pm, no charge.

Friday, April 17th

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10:15 am at the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum 211 S. Bench Street

The U.S. Postal Service Will Dedicate 1865 Civil War Forever Stamps depicting scenes from the Battle of Five Forks and the Appomattox Court House. The Appomattox Courthouse stamp is designed after the “Peace In Union” painting by Thomas Nast. The 9×12 foot painting hangs in the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum – and this special dedication will take place in front of the iconic painting Friday morning.

A special pictorial postmark designed by the museum will be unveiled and a special envelope has also been designed for this special dedication. The envelope with special cancellation and stamp will be available at the museum for purchase.

Friday & Saturday & Sunday, April 17th,18th & 19th – Washburne State Historic Site open from 10am – 4pm. In 2007 the local chapter of Questers International, the Galena Belles Questers Chapter #1304, embraced the Washburne House and Washburne’s legacy as their ongoing project and will be on site to answer your questions.

Saturday & Sunday, April 18th & 19th – Main Street Walking Tours w General Grant – tours begin at the DeSoto House Hotel Lobby, 10am and Noon each day. Tickets are $10, under 9 years of age free, no reservation necessary.

Saturday, April 18th

galena-illinoisbridgejpgDedication and Unveiling of Plaque 11 am

The unveiling of a bronze memorial plaque at the pedestrian bridge, Green Street Stairway, on Saturday, April 18th. The bronze plaque funded by the Historical Society and The Galena Foundation will honor H.H.Kohlsaat, a Galenian by birth and a Galena philanthropist throughout his life. The ceremony will take place at 11 am.

 1ST BRIGADE CIVIL WAR BAND hosted by the Galena Festival of the Arts

 First Brigade BandSaturday, April 18th, 2 pm at Turner Hall. 115 S. Bench Street
The band MAKES HISTORY LIVE by presenting period brass band music, performed on antique instruments. Attired in uniforms and gowns, the Band’s musicians, color guard, and costumed ladies take you back to the 1860’s; to that turbulent era known as the Civil War. A nostalgic portrayal of the atmosphere of days gone by is generated by a unique form of showmanship that blends the sights and sounds of the period with historical anecdotes. Free will donation. Reservations not needed.

 Sunday, April 19th

Civil War Era Church Service at The United Methodist Church where U.S. Grant and family attended (125 S. Bench Street) Free will offering.

Friday & Saturday & Sunday, April 17th,18th & 19th – Washburne State Historic Site open from 10am – 4pm. In 2007 the local chapter of Questers International, the Galena Belles Questers Chapter #1304, embraced the Washburne House and Washburne’s legacy as their ongoing project and will be on site to answer your questions.

Saturday & Sunday, April 18th & 19th – Main Street Walking Tours w General Grant – tours begin at the DeSoto House Hotel Lobby, 10am and Noon each day. Tickets are $10, under 9 years of age free, no reservation necessary.

The Galena & U.S. Grant Museum - 211 S. Bench Street is open daily, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm admission rates apply.

Grant Home State Historic Site - 500 Bouthillier Street is open Wed-Sun 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Nine Generals Art Exhibit 1-7pm Thursday through Sunday

Galena Center for the Arts, 219 Summit Street, Galena

 Thank you to the sponsors that have made these programs available. sponsor board USE THIS