Upcoming Events

July and August, 2018

July 21-22: Civil War Living History at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois. (cavalry, Union and Confederate reenactors, and a small battle in the afternoon)

August 4: World War I exhibits at the Normal Public Library from 10:00 to 2:00. The Simpkins Military History Museum will have an exhibit set up and will be available to answer questions.

CIVIL WAR: August 29-31, 1864
The Democratic party meets in Chicago, Illinois and nominates General George B. McClellan for President.

WORLD WAR I: August 21, 1918
British troops reinforced by 108,000 Americans attack the Germans in Belgium.

WORLD WAR II: July 28, 1945
A B-25 (airplane) crashes into the Empire State Building in New York City, striking the building on the 79th floor.

1. The museum will be open for the 2018 season 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. 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.

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.