Kentucky Building hosting Civil War events

Kevin Allen

It has been 150 years since the outbreak of the Civil War, and this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Kentucky Building is commemorating the event with a day of demonstrations and activities.

The museum is coordinating with other historic sites and groups to create “Remembering the Civil War,” a city-wide event marking the sesquicentennial anniversary of the war, said Christy Spurlock, educational curator and assistant professor at the Kentucky Building.

The event isn’t only catering to history buffs though. Spurlock said it is important to make sure that the event has universal appeal.

“It’s really for anyone, from the hardcore civil war re-enactor to someone who is just interested in civil war history,” she said. “There is something for all interest groups.”

The museum will have events for all ages, ranging from a scavenger hunt to period music and costumed re-enactors.

Civil War soldier drill demonstrations will be given by the entrance of the museum from 2 to 3:30 p.m. by Michael Trapasso, a transitional retiree professor of geography and a civil war re-enactor.

Robyn Swanson, a music professor, will give period dance lessons from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

There will also be demonstrations of Civil War-era photography by Wendell Decker of Vintage Image Studios throughout the day, weather permitting.

The efforts of African American soldiers in Kentucky during the war will be remembered with a presentation by Robert Bell, a historian and member of 12th U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery, the educational outreach arm of the Camp Nelson Heritage Foundation. Bell will also be displaying several personal artifacts.

Events at the Kentucky Museum are free and open to the public, and for more information about events there and around Bowling Green, go to