The Civil War remains one of the most scarring and bloody events in American history, and now its most iconic moments are on display in the South Shore. The Indiana Welcome Center will be hosting this educational exhibit from February 24 to April 30, offering a great opportunity for class field trips or family-friendly outings with a focus on learning. Here is a closer look at what you can expect when you travel to the South Shore to see this moving display of artifacts and special events.
Exploring the exhibit
You can get a sense of Indiana’s contribution to the Civil War as part of the Union army through exhibits and events scheduled throughout the spring. Regimental battle flags will be on display to share the story of Lake, Porter and LaPorte men who answered President Lincoln’s call for fighting volunteers in 1861 and fought for the cause of the Union, which ultimately reunited the nation and ended a painful chapter in the country’s history.
Planning your trip
The exhibit will be open daily, and schools in the area are encouraged to schedule a free, interactive educational experience that both students and teachers can enjoy. On select weekends during the exhibit, re-enactors will be on hand to discuss a soldier's life during the war, the loading and firing of Civil War-era weapons, and answer questions. Re-enactors from the 20th Indiana Infantry Company B will be at the exhibit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on two weekends in March (8-9, 22-23), and two weekends in April (12-13, 26-27).
For more information about family-friendly attractions and events in the South Shore, head to SouthShoreCVA.com or call 219-989-7770. With several small, charming towns that line Lake Michigan’s South Shore, this unique region of Indiana is a great vacation destination close to your home in the Midwest.