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  Paul Mickey Science Series: Archaeology of Camp Nelson, Kentucky: A Large U.S. Civil War Depot and Recruitment Center   

Paul Mickey Science Series: Archaeology of Camp Nelson, Kentucky: A Large U.S. Civil War Depot and Recruitment Center

  • Location: Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Springfield
  • Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

**The Paul Mickey Science Series for June, July, and August will follow a theme on the Civil War and will take place in the Illinois State Museum's Thorne Deuel Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street

Presented by W. Stephen McBride, Ph.D., Director of Interpretation and Archaeology, Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park, Nicholasville, Kentucky   

Camp Nelson, located 20 miles south of Lexington, Kentucky, functioned as both a recruitment and training camp for African-American soldiers and as a refugee center for the wives and children of these soldiers. The expulsion of these dependents from temporary encampments in November 1864 (resulting in 102 deaths) forced the federal government to finally emancipate the wives and children in March 1865 and create a more permanent refugee camp. Archaeological excavations illustrate differences in the women and children’s living conditions in the encampment in contrast to the more permanent “Home for Colored Refugees.”

Discover Illinois' rich prehistoric and historic past by attending an ISM Paul Mickey Science Series Program. A different speaker and topic are featured each month. For more information on upcoming topics and speakers, please contact Nina Walthall at (217) 782-0061 or (217) 785-0037.

  • Second Wednesday of each month
  • 7:00 to 8:30 PM
  • Free and Open to the Public

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