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Battle of Helena Civil War Reenactment Events & Activities

Delta Cultural Center - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Delta Cultural Center will be hosting a Civil War Reenactment on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15.This Civil War Re-enactment will concentrate on a Confederate advance on Union occupied Helena on July 4, 1863, resulting in a Union victory, helping to secure southeast Arkansas for Union occupation.The first part of this reenactment will take place at Fort Curtis on Saturday, April 14, at noon.The second part of this reenactment will take place on Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. at the River Park (or North Helena Park if flooded).

Other events are activities in conjunction with the reenactment are listed below.

Friday, April 13

Civil War School Days Event

Time: 9 a.m. to noon

Location: Fort Curtis, 350 Columbia Street, Helena, AR 72342

The Delta Cultural Center will be hosting a Civil War school days event on Friday, April 13.Students who attend this program will discover a wide variety of programs by re-enactors and local volunteers related to the Civil War in Delta with programs on a variety of topics such as Civil War artillery, infantry, women in the Civil War, the Moore-Horner house and the USS Tyler.Space is limited so reservations are required.Please contact education coordinator Richard Spilman at (870) 338-4350 or at [email protected] for more information or to register.

Saturday, April 14

Meet Ulysses S. Grant

Locations and Times:

11-11:30 a.m. at Fort Curtis

1-1:30 p.m. at Delta Cultural Center

5-6 p.m. at Beth El Heritage Hall

Meet Living Historian Curt Fields as Ulysses S. Grant as he talks about his life, experiences and relationships during the Civil War and beyond.Ulysses S. Grant will be at different locations throughout Helena during the day so be prepared to meet with him to hear his fascinating stories.Please contact education coordinator Richard Spilman at (870) 338-4350 or at [email protected] for more information on these programs.

Tea Time with Ms. Grant

Location: Pillow-Thompson House

Time: 3-4 p.m.

Meet Living Historian Julia Fields as Ms. Grant for a special tea time event at the Pillow-Thompson House.Enjoy food and refreshments while listening to the stories about the life of Ms. Grant and how her husband’s fame changed her life.The event is free, but registration is required.Please contact education coordinator Richard Spilman at (870) 338-4350 or at [email protected] for more information on this event or to register.

Ozark Highballer’s Performance at Cherry Street Pavilion

Location: Cherry Street Pavilion across from Delta Cultural Center Visitor Center at 116 Cherry Street, Helena, AR 72342

Times: 7-9 p.m.

The Delta Cultural Center will be sponsoring a special performance and square dance as part of the Civil War Re-enactment.The Ozark Highballer’s will be coming to perform Civil War era songs while a caller will lead the way in some square dancing.For more information, contact education coordinator Richard Spilman at (870) 338-4350 or at [email protected].