Minnesota’s Civil War commemoration to include song and story fest

A program of Civil War music and storytelling will be held Mar. 28 at St. Paul’s Fitzgerald Theater as the capstone of a four-year commemoration of the state’s role in the War Between the States.

It’s one of a series of events around the state that have highlighted the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. This program, called “Civil War Homecoming,” will look at the winding down of the war in early 1865, as soldiers returned home.

Many events have been arranged by the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force; its co-chair, state Rep. Dean Urdahl, said:

“This event will largely wrap up what has been a four-year commitment to explore the lessons and legacy of the war. A primary focus of this sesquicentennial observance has been to share the stories and the culture of the 1860s and this signature program is geared toward that objective.”

Performers in the 7 p.m. program will include: Dan Chouinard, Kevin Kling, Maria Jette, T. Mychael Rambo, Prudence Johnson, Annette Atkins, Gwen Westerman, Eric Jacobson, Patricia Bauer, David Geister, members of the Roe Family Singers, the Brass Messengers and more.

Tickets are $23.00 or $28.00 and may be purchased in person at The Fitzgerald Theater box office (10 E. Exchange St.), by calling 1 (800) 514-3849 or at www.etix.com. Members of Minnesota Public Radio or the Minnesota Historical Society receive $3 off each ticket.

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