Civil War Club
Started in 2007, the Civil War Club at Grand Valley State University was created as a way to unite students on campus that shared a similar passion for studying the American Civil War. After nearly four years of existance, it has grown far bigger than just a few freshmen sitting in a classroom talking about the war.
Our club focuses on reenacting the war as a way to keep Civil War history alive, as well as representing parts of the war that your history teacher forgot. As our members are often heard to say, "We teach what the textbooks leave out." Through reenacting our club members are welcome to portray any person they wish from the war; whether they choose a historical figure to represent through "Living History" or create an original character, all students, staff, faculty, and community members are welcome to join us. Roles available are soldier, civilian man, and civilian woman, though there are many facets to these personas.
We host our own reenactment-related events as well, including: etiquette dinners, tea parties, sewing events, reenactment tutorials, period murder mystery parties, Harvest Balls, and vintage baseball games.
Along with reenacting, we participate in history lectures and fiedltrips. We have taken club trips to both the history museum in Grand Rapids and the Musuem of Michigan History in Lansing, as well as Greenfiled Village, Gettysburg, PA, and Manassas, VA. We also host history lectures, and were involved in the 2010 Great Lakes History Conference at GVSU's Grand Rapids campus.
Finally, the Civil War Club is dedicated to education. As previously mentioned, we teach what the history books leave out, and it is our neighboring elementary, middle, and high schools that we enjoy teaching the most. We do day-long presentations and reenactments upon request, as well as overnight reenactment programs for older students. If you wish to be involved or would like us to visit your school, please do not hesitate to contact us.This page was last edited on January 12, 2012 at 9:59 AM