Cowtown launches spring/summer season with Civil War Sampler weekend

Old Cowtown Museum will be the site this weekend of the Civil War Sampler, a commemoration of the war, its battles and its soldiers. Here are the details:

1) More than 100 re-enactors from the Midwest and beyond are scheduled to take part in a two-part battle re-enactment complete with artillery and cavalry demonstrations, says volunteer coordinator Sheri Gaskins.

2) This is the second year for the Civil War Sampler, an event that Gaskins hopes will continue to grow in future years. "Next year will be an immersion event where everyone will be in total Civil War mode throughout the entire event," she said.

3) Other participants this weekend will conduct demonstrations on Civil War-era music, styles, cooking and history. There will be a quilt display and homemade root beer, as well as other concessions. Saturday night will feature a dance with music by the Flatland String Band. Admission to the dance is $5.

Hours for the Civil War Sampler are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd. Admission is $7.75 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $6 for youth 12-17, $5.50 for children ages 4-11, and free for children under 4 and members. For more information, call 316-219-1871.