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Phelps Museum Highlights the Civil War

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The Phleps Mansion is taking us back in time!

Sunday, the Museum held their biggest event of the year – Civil War Family Day.

More than 100 people came out to take part in the historic fun.
The day consisted of music, live re-enactments of soldiers in battle and a performance by Jeff Stachya commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Sultana tragedy.

Organizers say it’s important for people to recognize American history.

"The day before the Sultana exploded on the Mississippi, they captured John Wilkes Booth and killed him. So all of the media outlets really were focusing on that and Sultana slipped through the cracks of history," said performance artist Jeff Stachya.

"And I also think it's important for people to know their history in order that they don't repeat it. I think it's important that children especially know about the Civil War. Many of them had ancestors who died on both sides of the war," said member of Phelps Civil War Committee Bonnie Barker-Duff.

May 3rd the museum will also present a play based on the historical novel "Dear Friend Amelia."