Bellefontaine, Springfield, & Sidney: Civil War Sesquicentennial Bus Tour of Logan, Clark and Shelby Counties

By MelissaLuthman, posted on April 19th, 2012.
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May 11, 2012
9:00 amto5:00 pm

Unidentified soldiers (Ohio Historical Society Collection)

The Civil War Sesquicentennial Bus Tour of Logan, Clark and Shelby counties plans to celebrate our area’s contributions to the Civil War and its memory.  The bus tour will include three themes: Local Soldiers, Life at Home before and during the Civil War, and how Civil War veterans chose to memorialize the War and their comrades.  The tour will begin at the Logan County Museum & Orr Mansion with a sneak peek and tour of their new exhibit Logan County and the Civil War and War of 1812 by museum director/curator Todd McCormick.  The tour will then travel to Springfield, Ohio, to visit the Clark County Heritage Center.  On the way to Springfield, Jim VanVoorhis will discuss local regiments and companies of Logan, Clarke, and Shelby county soldiers and their contributions to the War.  While at the Heritage Center, bus tour members will get a tour of Clark County’s Civil War exhibit and the Ohio Historical Society’s traveling exhibit, Ohio and the Civil War: 150 Years Later.  The group will eat lunch at the Heritage Center, while Kelly Selby (OHC Speaker) will talk about the Civil War Home Front and the contributions of Ohio’s women and children to the war effort.  Depending on the weather, the bus tour members will then either listen to a representative from Gammon House, an Underground Railroad site in Springfield, or they will travel to Gammon House for a short tour.  After the discussion/tour of Gammon House, the bus will then move onto Springfield’s Ferncliff Cemetery.  Dr. Paul “Ski” Schanher, co-author of Beautiful Ferncliff: Springfield, Ohio’s Historic Cemetery and Arboretum, will meet the group and lead a tour of the Cemetery’s Civil War mound and Grand Army Republic’s Monument. After touring Ferncliff Cemetery, the bus will depart for Sidney, Ohio, and Shelby County’s monument to its Civil War soldiers, the Monumental Building.  On the trip to Sidney, Melissa Luthman will discuss how veterans and the general public chose to memorialize the Civil War. Local taxpayers and donors of the late nineteenth century funded the building to honor the county’s fallen soldiers and triumphant veterans, which is now used as by the Veteran Services Office and the county’s Municipal Court.   The bus will then arrive for a tour of the building by Shelby County Historical Society Director Tilda Phlipot.  The bus tour will then return to Bellefontaine, Ohio.  On the way back to the Logan County Museum & Orr Mansion, the group will complete evaluations of the tour and discuss their impressions of the tour.

Tickets for the Bus Tour are $25.00 each, which includes a boxed lunch. Some scholarship tickets are available.  See below.

Funding from the Ohio Humanities Council has made 10 scholarship tickets available.  For more information contact: Melissa Luthman, melissa.luthman@gmail.com or call 419-604-9057.

To register for the bus tour, send your name, address, phone number, and check ($25.00 each) to:

Logan County Historical Society

521 E. Columbus Ave.

Bellefontaine, Ohio 4331

Funding for this program was made possible in part by the Ohio Humanities Council with support by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or of the Ohio Humanities Council.

Registration is now closed.  Thank you for your interest!

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