Never before and since has the nation been as divided as the Union and the Confederacy.
But while it is considered by some to be a dark spot in the nation’s past, the life and times of the people of that era continue to fascinate many.
“People consider it apart of their heritage,” said Bartow History Museum Director Trey Gaines.
Though war raged around them, people tried their best to live their lives with a sense of normalcy.
Soldiers relaxed around campfires, women still managed their households while their men fought and children still played with each other in spite of the omnipresent danger that abounded.
As part of its ongoing commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Bartow History Museum and the Booth Western Art Museum present Civil War Comes Alive! Saturday.
The event will be held on the Booth festival grounds and in different locations at both museums from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Guests will be able to experience life on the home front, listen to authentic music, chat with soldiers from the Union and Confederate armies, view Civil War art and artifacts, and participate in interactive activities and watch artillery demonstrations.
There will be concerts by the Historical Echoes and the Eighth Regiment Band, dramatic readings and a viewing of a locally produced film on the Great Locomotive Chase in the Booth Theatre.
In addition to the reenactments and the themed activities and music, the event also will have special games for children.
The interactive games help give insight into every day life for children during the Civil War.
Gaines said Civil War Comes Alive! is not only a commemoration, it is a great collaboration for two of Bartow County’s great museums.
“We’re very excited to be a part of this event,” said Gaines. “It’s just a great way to showcase both museums and learn more about this important chapter in our past.”
For a list of events visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org or www.boothmuseum.org.