Commemorating 150 Years Since The Surrender at Appomattox 

Peace In Union

A National Treasure
“Peace in Union” by Thomas Nast 1895

Opening Night April 9th


The performance of Remembering Old Galena is followed by a musical presentation from the Galena United Methodist Church Community Handbell Choir. The Choir will perform in the Courtyard at the hotel and will feature Civil War era music. Around dusk, approximately 7:45, there will be a a celebratory tolling of church bells throughout the city, followed by the playing of taps – our Galena Generals will be in attendance on the Green Street Steps. Even if you don’t have performance tickets come and join us on Main Street for a moment of reflection on this important anniversary.

Friday, April 10th

5-6pm, Grant Home Lamplight Tour, at the Grant Home State Historic Site (500 Bouthillier Street), tour of the Grant Home will be given by Ulysses and Julia Grant enactors. Free-will donation

8pm “Peace in Union” - The highlight of the two weekends will be a theatrical production entitled “Peace in Union”, held at the Turner Hall auditorium in Galena, IL (115 S. Bench Street). This will be a dramatic recreation of the events leading up to the surrender, the painting of Peace in Union, and why Galena was such a pivotal community at that time. The entire performance will culminate with a live recreation of Lee’s surrender to Grant. This performance will be given four times: Friday the 10th, Saturday the 11th, Friday the 17th, and Saturday the 18th. The performance will include Civil War era music. Tickets are $10/person; reservations are highly recommended $10 reservations recommended. Call 815.777.9129 or use this link to purchase online.

Saturday, April 11th

11am, Home Front Pie Auction, at Gateway to History (403 S. Main Street) – our hometown bakers will donate 30-40 pies to be auctioned off. All of your favorites and always a few specialty pies. Cash or check.

Printable calendar of events


Saturday, April 11th

2pm, Civil War Facts & Fashion, Presented by Women of Courage & Commitment – fashionsmHave you ever wondered who wore what and why during the Civil War? Join us for an afternoon filled with fashion and fun facts. You will see day formal dresses, work dresses, ball gowns, bonnets, accessories, some men’s items, and much more. The fashion show will be hosted by Galena’s Women of Courage & Commitment who will entertain the audience with a breadth of fashion facts and Civil War stories. DeSoto House Hotel Ballroom – reservations recommended – ticket $10 Call 815.777.9129 or use this link to purchase online.

7:30 pm “Peace in Union” performance, Turner Hall -this performance features music by the Cadenza Choir prior to the play, (115 S. Bench Street), $10 rreservations recommended. Call 815.777.9129 or use this link to purchase online.

Sunday, April 12th -1-4pm, Nine Generals, Art Exhibit -The Nine Galena Generals Portrait exhibit will feature artwork by modern regional artists Norbert Leinen, Frank LiCiardi, and Hal Martin as well as some more historical portraits.  For the opening, Sunday April 12 from 1-4 PM, we will have ladies in period costumes telling about each general.  The regular hours for the exhibit will then be Thursdays through Sundays from 1-7 PM.  There is no admission charge, but donations are encouraged. Opening at the Galena Center for the Arts, (219 Summit Street)

Friday & Saturday, April 10th, 11th,17th,18th & 19th – Washburne State Historic Site open from 10am – 4pm. In 2007 the local chapter of Questers International, the Galena Belles Questers Chapter #1304, embraced the Washburne House and Washburne’s legacy as their ongoing project and will be on site to answer your questions.

Friday & Saturday, April 11th,12th, 18th & 19th – Main Street Walking Tours w General Grant – tours begin at the DeSoto House Hotel Lobby, 10am and Noon each day. Tickets are $10, under 9 years of age free, no reservation necessary.

The Galena & U.S. Grant Museum - 211 S. Bench Street is open daily, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm admission rates apply.

Grant Home State Historic Site - 500 Bouthillier Street is open Wed-Sun 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. More calendar info...

 Thank you to the sponsors that have made these programs available. sponsor board USE THIS