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Heritage Center commemorates the Civil War with music, displays

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By Stephen Lega

The Marion County Heritage Center will be remembering Lebanon’s connections to the Civil War in a series of activities in July.
Starting July 1, the heritage center will have a new exhibit on loan from the Kentucky Historical Society. The exhibit features several banners with information about the Civil War and President Abraham Lincoln.
Members of the Marion County Historical Society also hope to have some local memorabilia from that period.
“We’re trying to get as many Civil War artifacts as we can to put on display,” said Mary Kay Clements, the treasurer for the Marion County Historical Society.
The new exhibit is just the first part of the upcoming events at the center.
The Kentucky Army National Guard’s 202nd Army Band will be performing at 7 p.m. Friday, July 5, at St. Augustine Church.
Clements said the band called the historical society, hoping to perform at the heritage center. The center does not have the space to accommodate the band, so they will perform at St. Augustine with a reception at the heritage center after the concert.
The date of the concert is significant as well.
“July 5 is exactly 150 years from the Battle of Lebanon,” Clements said.
The night of the National Guard concert, G.B. Dixon of Kentucky Classic Theatre will also perform in character as Lt. Col. Charles S. Hanson of the 20th Kentucky Infantry. Dixon will read from Hanson’s report about the Battle of Lebanon to the assistant adjutant general in Louisville.
More music will be coming Saturday, July 14, when President Lincoln’s Own band will perform on the steps of the Marion County Heritage Center.
Clements said the city has agreed to close off a portion of Main Street in front of the heritage center during the concert, so listeners will be able to sit in chairs on the street.
Marion County’s Don Johnson is the director of President Lincoln’s Own, which appeared in the recent Steven Spielberg movie, “Lincoln.” The band also appeared in the National Geographic movie, “Killing Lincoln,” and they recently performed at Gettysburg. During the weekend of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, President Lincoln’s Own performed at the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of American History.
To go along with the July 14 performance, Clements said Civil War re-enactors will set up Union and Confederate camps on either side of the center.
For more information about the upcoming events, call (270) 699-9455 or stop by the center at 120 W. Main Street in Lebanon. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
 

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