History returns to Batavia at a Civil War celebration to educate and involve the community on the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg. This free event will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 7 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 on the Batavia Riverwalk.
Trevor Steinbach, a Civil War re-enactor, will be playing Dr. Charles Bucher from Batavia. Dr. Bucher came to Batavia in the 1850s to become a tailor. Later on, he became a doctor and was highly involved in the Batavia community.
Steinbach has played an influential role in this event and will be talking about what the war was like as a Civil War soldier. The 8th Illinois Cavalry of Batavia was the first to fire shots at Gettysburg. This group was formed and organized at Latham Park in St. Charles, where a monument is placed.
“There are three things the community won’t want to miss,” said Steinbach, “the Civil War concert, surgical demonstrations with the medical group and learning how to be in the infantry by marching with the troops.”
This celebration is a great opportunity for residents to listen to ongoing presentations on Civil War medicine, artillery, how to fire a cannon and see reproductions of objects used in the Civil War at the Batavia Depot Museum.
On the Saturday evening, the community will be able to bring their own dinner and eat with the troops while listening to Civil War period music. Short concerts also will be held throughout the day, featuring Stephen Foster.
Children will be able to experience an induction ceremony where they will learn what it was like to be inspected. Short presentations from the infantry group will teach children how to march. The Depot Museum will have an interactive video game, and children will be able to see inside doctors’ tents. It will give children the opportunity to hear, see and experience important history, with highly interactive activities.
“This is not like reading a book,” said Steinbach. “The community will walk away with a new understanding of history and its impact at this fun, two-day event.”
According to Steinbach, the Civil War changed the attitude of people and created a solidified country. Citizens will be engaged from the start by experiencing a part of history right in their own community.
For information about the Civil War celebration, call the Batavia Depot Museum at 630-406-5274 or visit www.bataviaparks.org.
• Brittany Bogue is marketing and sponsorship coordinator for the Batavia Park District. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.