Monday, July 28, 2008

Those Good Old Days

Our area’s history holds keys to who we were, and are even today. That history gives our community and peoples a view of how the community began. Something simple like a yearly event or as simple as a walk into town could end up being the basis for a historical event through how it’s shared and recorded. When we look at history we often see it as events and people from a long time ago. That past seems far removed from who we are today, instead of being a real part of today’s world.

The Civil War like many American wars affected the whole of our country and even in Michigan the war and issues caused men to feel the call to volunteer, go off to war and return with memories and ideas that change the worlds they know.

Most of what we learn about history comes from books, and exhibits at museums. But, on August 8th and 9th the Holland Museum will host an event to help share living memories in the first of what will be an annual Civil War enactment at the Van Raalte Farm creating parts of the Battle of Utoy Creek, Georgia. Fought from August 5 to August 7, 1864 this battle touched many Michigan soldiers including a son of the Van Raalte family. Benjamin Van Raalte, Reverend Albertus Van Raalts’s son enlisted and fought with the company of the Michigan Volunteer Infantry. Though the battle was inconclusive, this became a part of General Sherman’s eventual thrust that assist the Atlanta Campaign and Sherman’s March to the Sea.

On Saturday, August 9th in Centennial Park the museum will continue the experience through a Union encampment at Centennial Park from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be a Company drill, a look at the music from the period, the medicine of the era and a look at the clothing of that time period as well. There is a no charge for this historical event. Why not take the kids and make the weekend the beginnings of an historical encounter that can become a time to reach out and touch another time.

There is nothing like rubbing shoulders with figures from the past to help you better understand what life was like in those good old days.

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