Civil war buffs and Abraham Lincoln aficionados alike will want to make plans to see the South Shore Civil War Memorial exhibit titled, "Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln" at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond that opened on March 8th. According to the South Shore Convention and Visitor Authority website, the exhibit continues to run through the weekends of March 22-23, April 12-13 and April 26-27, from 8:00a. m. to 5:00p.m.
According to a press release from the South Shore CVA, re-an actors from the 20th Indiana Infantry, Company B will talk about what a region soldier's life was like during the Civil War and share knowledge of loading and firing of Civil War-era weapons .
Visitors are also invited to view the film "Saving Lincoln," based on the true story of a close friend of the president who became a self-appointed bodyguard after the first attempt on Lincoln's life. The film runs 101 minutes long and is free and will be shown beginning 1:00pm at the center's In-Vision Theater, according to the release.
The Living History memorial exhibit, complete with hundreds of photographs, artifacts, reproductions of Northwest Indiana regiment battle flags,"The Faces of Lincoln" traveling exhibit from the Indiana Historical Society and a reproduction of Lincoln's funeral train will be on display through April 30th.
The South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail is a collection of the last known resting places, monuments, architectural icons and sites with Civil War ties that are related to the brave men and women from the region who sacrificed during the most pivotal period in our nation's history. The trail serves as a guide for visitors who wish to pay their respects to the veterans and learn the stories of their humanity and sacrifice during and after the war.
The Indiana Welcome Center is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at 7770 Corinne Drive (just south of Interstate 80/94)in Hammond, Indiana. For more information on the exhibit or the South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail visit: http://www.southshorecva.com/civilwartrail/exhibit/