There will be no charge to see the Anoka County Historical Society’s newest exhibit “All for the Union Anoka County Faces the Civil War” at the Anoka County History Center during Anoka’s Riverfest celebration Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition to free admission to the galleries at the history center, visitors will get to interact with costumed interpreters.
The Second Minnesota Battery of Light Artillery will be on the front lawn with its full scale 10-pound Parrott rifle (a cannon) and will be telling stories about the Second Battery and what life was like in a light artillery unit at the time.
Inside the history center, visitors will see what it was like for the Soldiers Aid Society to engage with the community in helping to raise funds and send necessary articles to Union soldiers.
Costumed interpreters will be portraying 1860s Soldiers Aid Society members and doing period accurate fundraising activities like a fish pond and a signature quilt.
“If you have a Civil War ancestor, the Anoka County Historical Society would like to honor you and your ancestor at the event with a button,” said Elaine Koehn, historical society volunteer coordinator.
“The soldiers do not need to have been from Minnesota or Anoka County, and it does not matter if they fought for the Union or Confederacy.”
The Anoka County History Center is located at 2135 Third Avenue N, Anoka.
Call 763-421-0600 or visit the website at www.ac-hs.org for additional information.