Cool History (June-Aug)
“Cool History” encompasses a variety of living history events held throughout the summer months, some annual, some unique, one-time productions. Each Cool History event is organized around a particular theme, with the goal to both entertain and educate visitors with scenes depicting events or daily life in the Civil War sea services. Past themes have included ship captures, a Havana bar scene (where Union and Confederate sailors mingled in neutral territory), court-martials, Lt. Cushing’s raid on the CSS Albemarle, and many more.
June – Ship Stories: The Story of the USS/CSS Atlanta
2013: June 1
Hear the story of the construction, service, and capture of the CSS Atlanta — and her subsequent service as the USS Atlanta.
July – Medical Mysteries
This year Medical Mysteries focuses on Yellow Fever and Germs – responsible in the Civil War for more deaths than bullets. Hear personal stories from nurses and fever victims as well as presentations on the effect of germs and disease aboard ship and at the homefront.
11:30 am…Join us at Ride On Bikes for a fun & educational tour along the Riverwalk to the museum for only $10 per person! The tour starts at 11:30 am at Ride On Bikes and includes free admission to the museum at the end of the tour. Call to purchase tickets in advance or join us the day of with exact cash for some “Cool History!”
1:00 & 3:00 pm…Our Museum Theatre performances include the experiences of nurse, Mrs. Mary Anderson, as she recalls the terrors of yellow fever in the hospital and then the recollection of Lieutenant John Maffitt’s own experience with disease aboard and abroad.
2:00pm…Enjoy a guided tour of the museum with a focus on our medical exhibit aboard the Hartford.
2013: July 6
During combat, the ship’s surgeon would typically set up on the dining table in the officers’ wardroom, as it was usually the only large table on board the ship. After any needed surgery was completed, the table would simply be wiped off, and diner would be served!
August – Naval Technology
Saturday, August 3rd “Cool History: Naval Technology” focuses on the innovations in naval technology during the American Civil War. Our event includes a “Powder Monkey Academy” for kids where they will “train” under Captain Scatterbrains through a scavenger hunt, artifact excavation, ship model making and a buoyancy experiment to understand the foundation of Naval technology! There’s even more fun for everyone with our new bike tours, a museum tour and an enlightening lecture on technological advances in both Navies during the Civil War.
11:00am – River Walk Bicycle Tour -
Join us at Ride On Bikes for a fun and educational tour along the River Walk to the museum for only $10 per person! Bikes are provided or you can bring your own. Call to reserve your tour today or join the day of when exact cash. (706) 327-9798
12:30pm – Hands On Technology -
Model Making: Create a paper model of the U.S.S “Monitor” through our demonstration! Models are available in our gift shop. Materials to make the model will be provided.
Float the Boat!
Captain Scatterbrains needs help to making his boat float. Learn what makes an object float or sink.
Experience what it’s like to excavate artifacts!
1:30pm – Scavenger Hunt
Help Captain Scatterbrains find his favorite items in the museum! Find all the items and the Captain will reward you with some of his treasure from afar!
2:30 – Museum Tour -
Join us for a guided tour of the museum focusing on Naval Technology.
3:30 – “Steaming into the Future” -
A multimedia presentation on technological innovations afloat and ashore during the American Civil War.
2013: August 3
For information on Reenactor participation in Museum programs and living history events, contact info (at) portcolumbus.org.