CWRTs are great community events, a great way to share CW history brought to life. I definitely want that book.The weapons were broght to the CWRT by Ken Naumann, author of Arming the Suckers, 1861-1865: Compilation of Illinois Civil War Weapons.
Yes but check the price for this book, usually around $150 to $500."Arming the Suckers, 1861-1865: Compilation of Illinois Civil War Weapons" is an excellent book for an arms researcher to have in his library.
As for "pushing back" regarding ACW lectures, with arms, in the schools, there is no pushing back in my state, It is not a matter of policy, it flat out against the Laws of the State. That's a legal battle you will not win today.
I have searched for it a couple of times on line and have seen it run from $125 to $575.I am shocked at the prices you've quoted! I bought my copy at a gun show three weeks ago for $25.00. I don't believe shopping online is always the best way to go. Convenient, yes, but apparently more expensive.