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Civil War Days back on the Lake County Forest Preserves schedule as debate rages over event's value

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Belle Montgomery

Sergeant Major
Oct 25, 2017
Civil War Days at the Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda is officially back on the schedule for July 13-14 after it was temporarily canceled earlier this week by the president of the Lake County Forest Preserves District over a number of concerns, including the use of the Confederate flag.

“It will go on this year,” district President Angelo Kyle said, adding that contractual obligations were made in preparation for the district’s largest event, which can draw as many as 3,000 people.

But Kyle maintained that he would like to see the event come to an end.

“For 27 years, you have the same reenactment every year. What new can you learn from it?” he said Wednesday.

He canceled the event Monday afternoon, but there were protests against his action by a number of district commissioners at a meeting Tuesday.

“It generated a lot of calls and emails from people for it and against it,” he said.

Kyle questioned the value of a Civil War-themed event, saying the conflict ...
Rest of Article:https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-lake-county-civil-war-days-back-on-st-0613-story.html

JPK Huson 1863

Brev. Brig. Gen'l
Forum Host
Feb 14, 2012
Central Pennsylvania
But it does keep history alive. That's the thing. Reading of what we did to each other is one thing and no, reenacting can never replicate what a battle was or the complexities leading us there- but it's something representing who we were and some of what happened. It's part of the conversation. I'm not sure we get to make the call on how everyone learns of events 150 plus years ago. Whatever works.
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