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June 14: Civil War Day


Our third annual Civil War Day commemorates the 150th anniversary of Cincinnati’s Great Western Sanitary Fair—a multi-week event in 1864 that raised money for sick and wounded Civil War soldiers. Thousands attended the Fair opening, where they walked through the streets of Cincinnati and heard the bargaining shouts of vendors, learned from guest lecturers and witnessed the most unusual artifact displays they had ever seen.

Help us recreate the Fair and head to Reakirt Auditorium for an up-close look at Civil War style during the Ladies Living Historical Society fashion show. Watch a performance of Soldier, Come Home, a story based on a family’s correspondence during the Civil War. Then stop by Newsreel Theater for lectures led by members of the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table and The Siege of Cincinnati, a documentary by local filmmaker Paige E. Malott.

You can commemorate the Civil War all summer by viewing items from Cincinnati’s Great Western Sanitary Fair on display in Daughters of the Queen City, our Diana, A Celebration companion gallery. Learn how women’s work changed during the Civil War and learn about the women-led organizations that spearheaded social change during this tumultuous time in American history.


Presented by the Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation


Activities on the front lawn, the Rotunda and Reakirt Auditorium are free and open to the public. Activities in the Cincinnati History Museum are free for Museum Center Members or included with museum admission. Call 513-287-7001 for more details.



Do you have Civil War-era items that you'd like to sell at Civil War Day? Fill out our application here.