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Summer Program Explores Claremont in the Civil War

Claremont — The Claremont Historical Society will explore the Civil War this summer with a free series, Claremont in the Civil War Years.

The program includes a living history event, a ceremony honoring Claremont soldiers and speakers.

The Claremont History Museum, which opened for the season earlier this month, will feature Claremont in the Civil War Years.

The exhibit, created in 2011, has been expanded each year to include new items.

Museum hours are 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, and 5:30-7 p.m. on the first Friday of the month, through Sept. 14.

Other events follow:

Civil War Living History Weekend, July 18-20:

July 18, 8 p.m.: The American Band plays music of the Civil War; re-enactors in period dress promenade, Broad Street Park.

July 19, 7-8:30 p.m.: Speakers explore Civil War topics, followed by an old-fashioned ice cream social, Trinity Church, Broad Street.

July 20: Daylong military encampment in Monadnock Park includes demonstrations of camp life, activities for children and adults, and a military march to the Civil War Monument in Broad Street Park for a wreath-laying ceremony.

Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m.: George Morrison, Bow, N.H. presents “Vanished Veterans: New Hampshire’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials,” Claremont History Museum.

Aug. 11, 1:30 p.m.: Re-enactors from the 54th Massachusetts, Co. A, present The History of the 54th Mass. and the Colored Soldiers in the Civil War, Claremont History Museum.

Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m.: Candle-lighting ceremony honors Union soldiers from Claremont who died between 1861 and 1863, Claremont History Museum.

For more information: 603-542-6454 or claremont_historical@yahoo.com. — Staff report