The North Collins Historical Society will feature music of the Civil War on July 21.
The North Collins Historical Society brings the music of the Civil War to the lineup in mid-July.
A special visit by Fr. John Kwiecien will take place on July 21 beginning at 1:30 p.m. He is an active Civil War re-enactor and will feature his antique guitar and banjo. According to North Collins historian and museum director Georgianne Bowman, Kwiecien will play everything they used to play.
Music was important to them, Bowman said. Each unit had a band had about four or five instruments that included a drum, a fife, and a bugle.
Bowman started working on this exhibit last October and completed the research for it also.
The Civil War exhibit includes profiles of over 600 southern Eric County soldiers who served in the military across 93 different state units and also in 15 other states. Photos of soldiers will also be on display and profiles of soldiers from the War of 1812. A master list of soldiers will be on hand for those who know of a family member who fought in those wars.
Admission for the event is free of charge and the museum will be open every Sunday in June, and July 7 and 21, August 4 and 18, and September 15 and 29 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.