World War I at Midway Village

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The Great War: World War I at Midway Village

Saturday, April 8, 2017
10 am – 5 pm
 

Sunday, April 9, 2017
10 am – 4 pm

Largest WWI Public Reenactment in the Country!

Tickets are sold at the gates for this special event.  There is plenty of room only online tickets are now not available.  There is plenty of room, and visitors pay admission at the gates on both Saturday and Sunday. 

Midway Village Museum will host the 5th annual Great War event, a WWI military event that features over 225 reenactors portraying soldiers and civilians from the United States and Europe in the museum’s historic village. Visitors engage in this unique historic, immersive experience with the opportunity to enter encampments, tour a reproduction 150 yard trench system, and watch large-scale narrated battle reenactments.

Featured Activities

  • Large scale battle reenactments featuring pyrotechnics
  • WWI Tanks, including the FT-17 French tank
  • Large scale WWI model airplane displays and flying demonstrations
  • Tours of the 150 yard trench replica including bunkers
  • Explore the exclusive Trench Train, also known as the Tin Turtle
  • Displays of WWI weapons, equipment, and artifacts
  • Live horses from the Cavalry units
  • Lectures throughout the day by military experts
  • Salvation Army donut dollies demonstrations
  • Live musical performers with songs form the 1910s
  • Battle skirmishes throughout the day in the village
  • Movies from the 1910s shown on original equipment
  • Militaria sales vendors with real and replica WWI equipment, clothing, books and artifacts
  • Food vendors

Schedule
Saturday, April 8
10am Event Opens
10:30am 1910s Film Showing
11am Town Battle (Eastern Front 1914)
11am  Lecture, “The Evolution of Trench Warfare in World War I”
11:30am 1910s Live Musical Performance
11:30am 1910s Film Showing
12pm  Lecture, “The U.S. Doughboy Experience”
12:30pm WWI Airplane Models Flying Show
12:30pm 1910s Film Showing
1pm  Lecture, “Suffragettes and WWI”
1pm Woods Battle (1918)
1:30pm 1910s Film Showing
2pm Large Battle Reenactment (Somme 1916)
2:30pm 1910s Film Showing
2:30pm 1910s Live Musical Performance
3pm Town Battle (France 1918)
3:15pm Suffragette March
3:30pm Woods Battle with Trench Train (1918)
3:30pm 1910s Film Showing
4pm Large Battle Reenactment (France 1918)
4:30pm 1910s Film Showing
5pm Event Closes

Sunday, April 9
10am Event Opens
10:30am 1910s Film Showing
11am Town Battle (Western Front 1914)
11am  Lecture, “The Evolution of Trench Warfare in World War I”
11:30am 1910s Live Musical Performance
11:30am 1910s Film Showing
12pm Town Battle (Eastern Front Women’s Battalion of Death)
12pm  Lecture, “The U.S. Doughboy Experience”
12:30pm WWI Airplane Models Flying Show
12:30pm 1910s Film Showing
1pm Woods Battle (1918)
1pm  Lecture, “Suffragettes and WWI”
1:15pm 1910s Live Musical Performance
1:30pm 1910s Film Showing
2pm Large Battle Reenactment (Western Front 1918)
2:30pm 1910s Film Showing
3pm Town Battle (France 1918)
3pm  Lecture, “The Lost Battalion”
Please note:  this lecture is on Sunday only.
3:15pm Suffragette March
3:30pm 1910s Film Showing
4pm Event Closes

11 am  George Reinke, “The Evolution of Trench Warfare in World War I”
While trenches have been used in warfare for hundreds of years, they are most famously known for their use during The Great War.  George will discuss how constructing trenches on both sides of the war changed warfare forever.  Discover how they were built, how they were used, what was inside, and how they left an impact on warfare after the end of the war.

12 pm  Jennifer Rude Klett, “The U.S. Doughboy Experience”
Author Jennifer Rude Klett’s presentation will explore with both the U.S. soldier’s experience as well as the home front experience during the war. In addition, Jennifer will discuss how the war changed our country forever, and how research was completed when writing the nonfiction book, Alamo Doughboy: Marching Into The Heart Of Kaiser’s Germany During World War I.

1 pm  Cindy Herman, “Suffragettes and WWI”
Discover the history of the Suffragettes and how the movement impacted WWI.  Cindy Herman will explore what a Suffragette was and the role Illinois suffragettes played in establishing women’s right to vote.  Also included will be a discussion on the fashion of a Suffragette women and her accessories.

3 pm  Robert Laplander, “The Lost Battalion”
On the evening of October 2nd, 1918 Major Charles W. Whittlesey led nearly 700 men under his command into the narrow Charlevaux Ravine, deep in the Argonne Forest of Northeastern France. That night German forces quietly surrounded them, cutting them off nearly 1/2 mile ahead of their main line.  Five days later, the Major led 194 survivors out… and into history.
Event is rain or shine.  Free parking and ATMs are available in the event.  Bags will be checked by security upon event entry. No pets allowed, service animals are permitted. Only registered re-enactors may wear historic military uniforms.

Tickets:
$10 adults, $5 children (3-17 years old), infants (0-2 years old) free, Museum Member are Free! Tickets can be purchased in-advance online before 8:00 am Wednesday, March 29 or in the Museum’s Gift Shop, or on the day of the event.

The 2017 Sponsors are:


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  For more information, call 815-397-9112.
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