History will come alive Oct. 15 and Oct. 16, at Park University's Parkville Campus for a Civil War encampment on the University's front lawn. This event, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, is free and open to the public.

History will come alive Oct. 15 and Oct. 16, at Park University's Parkville Campus for a Civil War encampment on the University's front lawn. This event, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, is free and open to the public.


The event begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 and continues overnight through noon on Sunday. It will feature soldiers in military drill dress, firing of weapons and life in a Civil War camp.


While the event is free to the public, Park history majors will be accepting donations to establish a fund at the Missouri State Historical Society in Columbia, Mo., to preserve a Civil War document related to Missouri.


The Civil War encampment will lead into another Civil War exhibit Park has planned. From Monday, Oct. 17, through Wednesday, Nov. 23, “Platte County's Civil War” will be on display at the Campanella Gallery, located in the McAfee Memorial Library in Park's underground Mabee Learning Center. The exhibit will feature original documents from the Park University Fishburn Archives and other artifacts and documents from across Missouri. The exhibit will trace how Platte County citizens and soldiers engaged and survived the horrors of war, not only on the national scene, but in Platte County.


For more information about Park University's Civil War events, contact Tim Westcott at tim.westcott@park.edu or 816-584-6364.