PLEASE JOIN US AS WE COMMEMORATE THE
150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIVIL WAR
MAY 29th – JUNE 3rd, 2012
The Department of Massachusetts, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Civil War Round Table of the North Shore, Lynn Historical Commission, City of Lynn, Lynn Public Schools, Gen. Frederick W. Lander Grand Army of the Republic Post No. 5 Museum, New England Brigade Civil War Reenactors, Lynn Museum and Highlands Coalition have joined together to form the Lynn Civil War 150th Anniversary Committee.
On May 29th through June 3rd, 2012, he Committee will be presenting a week-long commemoration of the City of Lynn, Massachusetts’ participation in the Civil War. The purpose of the event will be to educate the citizens of the North Shore on Lynn’s Civil War history, and the service, deeds and sacrifices of Lynn’s citizens who served in the United States Armed Forces during the Civil War.
Lynn Schools Programs:
Events on Tuesday, May 29th and Wednesday, May 30th will include classroom presentations programs at Lynn English High School and Lynn Classical High School. These presentations will feature Robert Marcotte of the Gen. F.W. Lander Post No. 5 G.A.R. Hall, speaking on how the boots President Lincoln was wearing when he was assassinated ended up in Lynn for many years. Also featured will be U.S. Naval historian Charles Veit of the Navy and Marine Living History Association, with a presentation on how the U.S. Navy was instrumental in defeating the Confederacy.
School assembly programs on Thursday, May 31st and Friday, June 1st at Lynn English High School auditorium, Lynn Classical High School auditorium, and the Lynn City Hall for middle school grades 7 and 8, will feature Michael Crutcher, Sr. of Kentucky, a professional actor and Frederick Douglass impressionist, (note: Frederick Douglass lived in Lynn for several years) who will speak on Douglass' crusade to use the war as an opportunity to end slavery, and the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. (Mr. Crutcher’s appearances are funded in part by the Lynn Cultural Council, through support from Massachusetts Cultural Council.) Civil War musicologist Robert Kilham will also entertain students the middle school at the Lynn City Hall event with Civil War era banjo tunes and music history..
On Friday, June 1st, programs at Lynn English and Lynn Classical high schools will continue, and, in addition to Mr. Crutcher, will also feature James Getty of Pennsylvania, the country’s premiere Abraham Lincoln impressionist, presenting “Lincoln’s thoughts” on the war. (Funding for Mr. Getty’s appearance is provided by the Round Table of the North Shore and the Department of Massachusetts, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.)
On Thursday evening, May 31st, at 7:30 PM, the Civil War Round Table of the North Shore will host a special meeting of the Civil War Roundtables of Massachusetts at the General Frederick W. Lander Post No. 5 Grand Army of the Republic Hall, 58 Andrew Street, Lynn, featuring Michael Crutcher, Sr. and James Getty as Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. The Gen. F.W. Lander Post No. 5 G.A.R. Hall is considered to be the finest remaining Grand Army of the Republic hall in existence, and has many historic documents and artifacts related to the Civil War and Lynn’s veterans.
Chelsea Soldiers Home Presentation:
On Friday afternoon, June 1st, at 2:00 PM, Michael Crutcher, Sr. and James Getty will make a special appearance at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, where they will entertain patients with a presentation. The Chelsea Soldiers Home was founded by Civil War veterans who were Members the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans group formed to promote the care and well being of disabled veterans and the widows and children of fallen Union Soldiers and Sailors.
The Lynn 150th Civil War Committee will host a Commemoration Banquet on Friday evening, June 1st at 6:30 PM, at the Lynn Masonic Lodge, 68 Market Street, Lynn, MA 01901. The banquet is open to the public and will feature a presentation by Michael Crutcher, Sr. and James Getty as Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, as well as entertainment by Civil War musicologist Robert Kilham.. Tickets are available for $12 per person and seating is limited.
There will be a Living History encampment by Civil War reenactors on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd on the Lynn Common. Saturday will feature period drill demonstrations by the Salem Zouaves, a US Civil War Naval Landing Party presentation of Civil War naval artifacts and artillery demonstrations by the 6th Maine Battery. The encampment will begin at 8 AM and run through 4 PM on Saturday, and will resume Sunday morning at 8 AM and run until 2 PM.
Bus Tour of Lynn Civil War Historic Sites:
Buses will depart from St. Steven’s Church, 74 South Common Street in Lynn, every half hour beginning at 10 AM and will conduct tours of the city’s Civil War related sites until 2 PM. Among the sites featured will be the Lynn Soldiers Monument, Gen. F.W. Lander Post No. 5 Grand Army of the Republic Hall and Museum, homes on the Underground Railroad, High Rock Tower, the Lydia Pinkham House, Frederick A. Douglass Memorial Bandstand, Train Depot (site of Frederick Douglass’ resistance), Civil War Memorial and G.A.R. plot at Pine Grove Cemetery, site of Abby Kelley Foster home, site of Frederick Douglass’ homes, and the site of the Friends Meeting House and Cemetery.
Abolitionist Memorial Ribbon Project:
Lynn was a center of the Abolitionist Movement and Lynn’s citizens were active leaders and participants in the movement. The Lynn abolitionists raised money, cultivated great leaders of the movement such as Abby Kelley Foster and Frederick Douglass and provided safe haven and a crucial stop on the Underground Railroad. To commemorate their activism and heroism in the movement 150 white ribbons will decorate the graves of Lynn’s Abolitionists at Pine Grove Cemetery. (note: North Shore Community College students will place the ribbons during their Day of Service on May 22.)
Those who wish, may step off the bus for a tour of the Gen. Frederick W. Lander Grand Army of the Republic Post No. 5 Hall on Andrew Street, and to visit the Lynn Museum.
At noon on Saturday, June 2nd, the Providence Brigade Brass Band, the premiere Civil War era band in New England, will perform a concert featuring Civil War era music.
Lynn 150th Civil War Commemoration and Memorial Program:
At 1 PM on Saturday, June 2nd, a commemorative program and memorial service will be held on the Lynn Common, where the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bandstand will be the backdrop for state and local politicians, historians, reenactors and descendents, who will commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial. The program will conclude with a recreation of a 1917 Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Ceremony on the Lynn Common.
G.A.R. Bean Supper:
The General Frederick W. Lander Post No 5 Grand Army of the Republic Museum at 58 Andrew Street in Lynn, will be the site of the G.A.R. Bean Supper, hosted by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. The fundraising event recreates monthly bean suppers that were held by the G.A.R. for area veterans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As an added bonus, the Hall will be open for tours during the supper. Tickets are $10 per person, and are available at the door.
Civil War Church Service and Graveside Memorial Service:
On Sunday morning, June 3rd, a Civil War era church service will be held on the Lynn Common at 8:30 AM. The service will be conducted by Dexter Bishop, past Department Chaplain of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
At 9:30, the S.U.V.C.W. will conduct a memorial service and wreath-laying at the site of Colonel Charles Mudge’s grave in the garth of St. Steven’s Church, 74 South Common Street, Lynn.
Walking Tour of Abolitionist Graves at Pine Grove Cemetery:
At 12:00 Noon on Sunday, June 3rd, a guided tour of noted Abolitionist graves will step off from the G.A.R. Lot at Pine Grove Cemetery, 145 Boston Street, Lynn.
For further information, contact Kevin Tucker at 617-678-6003 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.