Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Darke County Parks Offers Civil War Field Trip

The Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI) was made up of men from all walks of life.
Darke County Parks has offered hands-on, educational field trips that immerse students in natural and cultural history for years. They now have a very special field trip opportunity to offer about the Civil War, featuring the Ohio Valley Civil War Association at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.

On Friday April 28th, hear the cannon blast, watch men drill, and smell a soldier’s supper simmering. Living historians will bring a pivotal point in American history to life, illustrating not only the political but the social and economic struggles faced by our nation. Students will be treated to demonstrations by the 35th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Co. G, the 66th Illinois Co. G (also known as Birge's Western Sharpshooters), both northern and southern civilians, President and Mrs. Lincoln, and the 1st Ohio Light Artillery Bat. C, including seeing the cannon fired. The OVCWA has taught at Manassas, Kennesaw Mountain, Stones River, and Gettysburg National Battlefields, and Darke County Parks is proud to bring them back to Darke County.

Morning and afternoon sessions are available on a first come first serve basis for this exciting, free field trip. For more information or to register your class for this opportunity, contact Naturalist Hannah Wiest at (937) 548-0165 or

The general public is welcome to attend the weekend living history April 29th and 30th to witness military demonstrations and observe daily life from over 150 years ago.

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