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Colonel Palmer House to revisit Civil War times

CRYSTAL LAKE – Re-enactors will provide a glimpse into life during the Civil War in a free event Sunday put on by the Crystal Lake Park District and the Crystal Lake Historical Society.

“The Civil War: Soldiers and Civilians” will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Colonel Palmer House, 660 E. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake.

The 8th Illinois Cavalry Regiment re-enactment group will reprise the unit’s role in the Civil War with portrayals of camp life and the importance of horses and their care, Colonel Palmer House coordinator Sandra Price said in a news release.

The Colonel Palmer House staff will give presentations about civilian life, including the fashions of the era. In addition, a display at the historic home will feature quilts from the period from the collection of Sandy Schweitzer, a quilt appraiser and Crystal Lake resident.

Costumed interpreters will give tours of the house and relate the history of the Palmer family, Price said. The event is open to the public. Information is available at and

This is Price’s last Palmer House event before she retires. Brittany Sundberg will take over as coordinator.


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