Civil War Music to Be Presented in Live Performances

Our thanks to Ellie Alexander, Pontiac, IL Director of Tourism, for providing the following information for us to share.

One of the new exhibits to open recently at the Pontiac Illinois Museum Complex is dedicated to the music of the antebellum period, and the American Civil War. 150 years ago, the American Civil War touched the lives of all citizens, many in a dramatic and tragic fashion. Their hardships, pain, sorrow, grief, and strength are expressed in the songs of the era. Stephen Foster is, perhaps, the most commonly referenced music composer of the era, but others made significant contributions as well. Over 40 pieces of original sheet music are on display at the exhibit, as well as rare civil war musical instruments and other paraphernalia.

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As part of the exhibit, live musicians will appear at specified times to play and sing some of the most notable songs of the time. Come to see and hear the history come alive and know why it has been said that, “The Civil War was the only war fought to music!”

Performances are planned for Fridays at 2:00 PM. In July, the performances will take place every Friday at 2:00 PM. The musical presentations will take place in the exhibit space, located at 110 West Howard St, inside the Pontiac Museum Complex.

For more information, contact: Ellie Alexander, Director, Pontiac Tourism – (815) 844-5847.

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