Civil War Commemoration Activities Continue
Chelsea Soldiers Home Presentation:
On Friday afternoon, June 1st, at 2:00 PM, Michael Crutcher, Sr. and James Getty will make a special appearance at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, where they will entertain patients with a presentation. The Chelsea Soldiers Home was founded by Civil War veterans who were Members the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans group formed to promote the care and well being of disabled veterans and the widows and children of fallen Union Soldiers and Sailors.
The Lynn 150th Civil War Committee will host a Commemoration Banquet on Friday evening, June 1st at 6:30 PM, at the Lynn Masonic Lodge, 68 Market Street, Lynn, MA 01901. The banquet is open to the public and will feature a presentation by Michael Crutcher, Sr. and James Getty as Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, as well as entertainment by Civil War musicologist Robert Kilham.. Tickets are available for $12 per person and seating is limited.
Bus Tour of Lynn Civil War Historic Sites:
Buses will depart from St. Steven’s Church, 74 South Common Street in Lynn, every half hour beginning at 10 AM and will conduct tours of the city’s Civil War related sites until 2 PM. Among the sites featured will be the Lynn Soldiers Monument, Gen. F.W. Lander Post No. 5 Grand Army of the Republic Hall and Museum, homes on the Underground Railroad, High Rock Tower, the Lydia Pinkham House, Frederick A. Douglass Memorial Bandstand, Train Depot (site of Frederick Douglass’ resistance), Civil War Memorial and G.A.R. plot at Pine Grove Cemetery, site of Abby Kelley Foster home, site of Frederick Douglass’ homes, and the site of the Friends Meeting House and Cemetery.
Lynn 150th Civil War Commemoration and Memorial Program:
At 1 PM on Saturday, June 2nd, a commemorative program and memorial service will be held on the Lynn Common, where the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bandstand will be the backdrop for state and local politicians, historians, reenactors and descendents, who will commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial. The program will conclude with a recreation of a 1917 Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Ceremony on the Lynn Common.
There will be a Living History encampment by Civil War reenactors on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd on the Lynn Common. Saturday will feature period drill demonstrations by the Salem Zouaves, a US Civil War Naval Landing Party presentation of Civil War naval artifacts and artillery demonstrations by the 6th Maine Battery. The encampment will begin at 8 AM and run through 4 PM on Saturday, and will resume Sunday morning at 8 AM and run until 2 PM.
G.A.R. Bean Supper:
The General Frederick W. Lander Post No 5 Grand Army of the Republic Museum at 58 Andrew Street in Lynn, will be the site of the G.A.R. Bean Supper, hosted by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. The fundraising event recreates monthly bean suppers that were held by the G.A.R. for area veterans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As an added bonus, the Hall will be open for tours during the supper. Tickets are $10 per person, and are available at the door.
Civil War Church Service and Graveside Memorial Service:
On Sunday morning, June 3rd, a Civil War era church service will be held on the Lynn Common at 8:30 AM. The service will be conducted by Dexter Bishop, past Department Chaplain of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
At 9:30, the S.U.V.C.W. will conduct a memorial service and wreath-laying at the site of Colonel Charles Mudge’s grave in the garth of St. Steven’s Church, 74 South Common Street, Lynn.
Walking Tour of Abolitionist Graves at Pine Grove Cemetery:
At 12:00 Noon on Sunday, June 3rd, a guided tour of noted Abolitionist graves will step off from the G.A.R. Lot at Pine Grove Cemetery, 145 Boston Street, Lynn.