Don’t forget February 14 VALENTINES DAY!
BIRTHDAYS: February 12 – Abraham Lincoln, 16th President
February 22 – George Washington, 1st President
War Between the States History: Jefferson Davis elected President of the Confederacy
1. The museum will open for the 2018 season on Thursday, March 1 during the regular open hours of 1:00 – 5:00 Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. It will also be open during the year by special appointment. Groups are encouraged to tour the museum.
2. March 17 from 1:00-5:00 will be an open house recognizing the centennial of World War I.
The Simpkins Military History Museum has a special exhibit for the 100 year anniversary of the United States involvement in World War I. There is a permanent display of World War I items and then a special extended exhibit that will be set up from March 2017 to November 2018. This is the 100th year anniversary. Stop in to see what the World War I veterans wore and their equipment.
3. Don’t forget February 19. This is the day to honor all of our Presidents of the United States.
ATTENTION – 32TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIG ISLAND RENDEZVOUS: Upcoming in 2018 – Big Island Rendezvous -October 6 and 7, 2018 at Albert Lea, Minnesota. This is an exciting living history event to attend in a beautiful fall setting on Lake Albert Lea. Everyone is encouraged to walk through the camps, visit with the reenactors, and ask questions. There are fur traders living in lodges, tomahawk throwing contests, live cannon firing plus many other demonstrations. (Do you know how to skin a beaver?) There are soldiers representing the Mexican War, Civil War soldiers, cowboys, and Abraham and Mary Lincoln. Great food vendors and live musical entertainment all day. October 4 and 6 are education days for school students and is open to the public on Saturday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Sunday October 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
THE SIMPKINS MILITARY HISTORY MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE MONTHS OF DECEMBER, JANUARY, AND FEBRUARY. PLEASE CALL IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR WOULD LIKE TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT DURING THESE 3 MONTHS. 309-473-3989.