County library to host Civil War camp program at Mississippi branch Feb. 23

The Anoka County Library will host a Civil War winter camp program at the Mississippi Library, 410 Mississippi St., Fridley, Saturday, Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“The Civil War camp gives participants a new appreciation for the hardships faced by our soldiers during this time period,” said Anoka County Commissioner Scott Schulte.

“We’ve come to know the battles, but it’s the time in between that provided some of the greatest tests.”

Authentically costumed re-enactors from the Second Minnesota Battery of Light Artillery will set up winter camp at the library and share their in-depth knowledge of the Civil War with visitors.

This is an interactive, self-paced program, with activities for both children and adults.

“Winter provided a break from facing the enemy army,” said Anoka County Library Board Vice President Cathy Montain.

“But the soldiers still battled harsh weather conditions, boredom and homesickness.”

Civil War Winter Camp is sponsored by the Anoka County Library and is presented by the Anoka County Historical Society.

Library programs are free and open to the public. This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Art and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information about this and other library programs, call 763-571-1934 or visit a local Anoka County Library or the website at