Lamoni's 13th Annual
Civil War Days

Reenactment & Living History Festival
Labor Day Weekend -------------- September 4-5-6, 2015
Civil War Sesquicentennial Celebration --- 1865-2015
Lamoni, Iowa

A Proud Participant in & Sponsor of the 2011-2015 Iowa Civil War Sesquicentennial Celebration

"One of the top 10 coolest things to do in Iowa over Labor Day weekend" Des Moines Register 2005 & 2007 & 2015
"One of the '10 Best Bets' in south-central Iowa for summer fun" Des Moines Register 2007
A spotlighted Labor Day activity for Iowa families Des Moines Register 2011

>>> The School Day Program is NOT CANCELLED for 2015 <<<
It will take place as usual due to the insistence of the reenactors
Please click on the School Day Program tab on the left for details

For event information contact Doug Jones (515) 707-4523

Timeless Gentleman Federal Artillery Barrage 16th US Medical Federals form up Confederates on the move Rebel Soldier Indian Camp at Dusk Lovely Lady

Lamoniís Civil War Days is the largest and best-known annual regional cultural event in southern Iowa and northern Missouri
and it presents a period-authentic, hands-on experience of life during the American Civil War era, both military and civilian.

Located conveniently on Interstate I-35 precisely at the Iowa-Missouri border,
this event is easily accessed from Des Moines, Kansas City, and Omaha.
Our encampments, battlefield & event Town Square are nestled in a spacious lakeside setting in rural south central Iowa farm country
1 mile from Lamoni town center, 2 miles from both I-35 Iowa exit #4 & I-35 Missouri exit #114.

Civil War Days has three primary purposes:
one, to respectfully acknowledge the sacrifices of our 19th century ancestors by bringing their stories back to life;
two, to provide an unusually supportive venue to the Living Historian and Reenactor communities for demonstrating their hobby; and
three, to reference our shared national & family narratives as a way of reminding us today that we are all connected, all one people.

Civil War Days attracts Living Historians and Reenactors from throughout the Midwest, primarily from Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska.
These Hearty Souls conduct extensive research and portray both civilian and military impressions
in order to provide the 21st Century public with a glimpse of our ancestors' lives.
They are the event.

Lamoni's Annual Civil War Days
brings history alive, is Admission & Parking-Free, Family-Friendly,
and provides an experience that every member of your family will talk about for a long time.
And you are invited - and don't forget to bring your water bottles, your cameras, your lawn chairs, and your sun screen.

<< 2015 Civil War Days Weekend Activities >>

Our 2015 Schedule has yet to be finalized: however, until it is,
you may use the 2014 schedule as a model because our major activities take place at the same time every year.
Be sure to check back again for updated information.

Civil War Days is a different event each year and we will continue to add new activities right up until Labor Day weekend.
One returning activity is a Saturday morning battle in downtown Lamoni. Be sure to come to Linden & Main before 9:00 AM.
However, we will continue our practice of holding the major activities at the same time every year,
and that's the Opening Ceremony at 11 AM on Saturday and the major Battles at 2 PM Saturday/1 PM Sunday.
Our list of performers and subject matter experts who give presentations changes from year to year to make certain the event remains fresh.
There are always unique activities in the event Town Square & battlefield that help bring the period alive,
so be sure to look at a detailed weekend event schedule.

Click here to view our new promotional video - 3:28 in length, produced & donated by Anteros Digital Productions

2014 New & Newly Revitalized Activities
Amish Goods & Furniture
Period Games & Toys
Period Fashion Show
Ladies' Teas
CW Hobbs Band at Period dance
Expanded Battle in downtown Lamoni

click here to see the Complete Detailed Schedule of our 2014 Event.

The 2014 Weekend Schedule will include the following period-authentic impressions & activities:

Period Food Vendors Artillery Night Fire Period Church Service A Special Memorial for Fallen Comrades
Period Dance featuring CW Hobbs Band Period Games & Toys Period Ladies' Tea Blacksmith
Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry, Medical Units School Day Program Period Tradespeople Authentic & Rare Period Antiques
Surprise Period Event Artillery Live-Fire Target Competition Battle through Lamoni's downtown business district Period Fashion Show

In 2010, Anteros Digital Productions, an independent film maker from the Kansas City area,
filmed extensively at Lamoni's Civil War Days and produced a documentary appropriately titled "Living History."

This excellent film introduces you to that varied group of individuals who are 21st Century living historians.
What sets it apart from other films is that it allows them to tell their stories in their own words.
It truly is a film about and for reenactors and includes interviews with many of our community of living historians, both male and female.

When you listen to their stories you might just discover the powerful connection that all Americans share.
And you are invited to join them as they keep our nationís history alive at Lamoni's Civil War Days.

"Living History" is available for immediate purchase
and makes an unusually good gift for anyone who loves history.

To purchase a copy of the film email either Bill Connelly of Anteros Digital Productions or Doug Jones
or go to James Country Mercantile in Liberty, Missouri.

PBS filmed cavalry at the 2008 Civil War Days event for its nationally televised series "Saddle Up! with Dennis Brouse"
click below to view the footage shot in Lamoni, Iowa (video with sound)

PBS returned to Civil War Days in 2009 to film new special "The History of the Horse"
click here for details

2014 will again feature a special live-fire "Civil War Era Mortar Competition" More competitiors welcome - numerous cannon ball catchers needed
call/email for details

For 2014 we have yet to decide about having a campaigner event.
Please contact Doug Jones if you want to campaign on Friday night, August 29, 2014.
What is a "campaigner event"? It's an opportunity to participate in unscripted, tactical action across the southern Iowa countryside and sleep under the stars.
We surprise our campaigners each year with unexpected challenges and invite cavalry and artillery units to participate.
click here for details

2007 Civil War Days photograph "Lamoni Lincoln" awarded Best Photo at 2008 Iowa State Fair

In 2007 we raffled off a Hand-Quilted Wall Hanging - made in a popular 19th Century design - click here for the story
Hand-made 19th Century-pattern Quilted Wallhanging

Civil War Days charges no admission or parking fees - the event is absolutely free for the public.
As a result, we exist solely on the voluntary donations of our supporters. Join us in the effort to keep history alive
and make a tax-deductible donation of any size to Civil War Days.

Click here to make tax-deductible donations to Civil War Days

Click here to see the list of pre-registered Reenacting Units & Living Historians

Our scenario is generic mid-war western theatre.
Civil War Days enjoys an unusually large battlefield and our battle scenarios are designed for and by the reenactors in attendance
and are intended to bring to life as many of the Civil War-era military practices as possible.
Basic military objectives will be outlined at Officers' Call, and spontaneity and creativity are encouraged.

All period-authentic mainstream, campaign, and civilian impressions are welcome.
Our unique Event within the Event for Campaigners provides an immersion experience during a mainstream event.
We extend a particular invitation to those who portray period specialties such as blacksmith, preacher, surgeon, nurse, undertaker, etc.
Lamoni's Civil War Days is by and for living historians.

Military Command Structure
Overall Federal Commander: Major Kevin 'Kace' Christensen
Overall Confederate Commander: Lt Colonel Sean Slocum
Event Provost: Lt Bob Tackett

Primary sponsors are the Optimist Club of Lamoni , the Lamoni Area Chamber of Commerce, the Lamoni Development Corporation,

and the Lamoni Lions Club

Over the years Lamoni's Annual Civil War Days has been supported in part by grants
from Humanities Iowa and The National Endowment for the Humanities,
from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs,
and from the Central Iowa Tourism Region

Civil War Days expresses its heartfelt thanks for:

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