The Historical Timekeepers purpose is to honor the sacrifice of our ancestors and to teach the public about life on the home front during the American Civil War.
The Historical Timekeepers is a non-profit organization in southeast Wisconsin. We were founded in 2002 with the purpose of creating opportunities for people who have an interest in portraying or simply learning about, civilian life on the homefront during the Civil War. We are an active group with a full schedule of events each year. The Historical Timekeepers are run by a volunteer Board of Directors and new participants are always welcome!
Membership opportunity is available to anyone who is interested in pursuing the reenacting hobby within the Bylaws and Guidelines of the Historical Timekeepers, Inc. We encourage members to pursue areas of personal historical interest which are complementary to the overall group presentation, always striving for accuracy and authenticity.
Many of our members have chosen to portray the trades that were a much needed necessity of the time in the 1860s including a blacksmith, woodworking, cook, seamstress, and photographer. Others talk with the public about ladies' and gentleman's fashions, popular music of the time, duties as mistress of the home, quilts and their special meanings, and spies from both the Union and Confederate sides. While in our civilian Civil War camp you may also learn about the many flags of the Confederacy, the abolitionist movement and the underground railroad here in Wisconsin. Our impressions are always evolving and there is always something new to learn. We look forward to seeing you at one of the many events on our annual schedule. Be sure to stop by our camp and say hello!
The Historical Timekeepers, Inc. denounces, in the strongest possible terms, the practice of racism, racial supremacy, hate groups and any other groups or organizations that promote hatred, distrust, or suppression of any minority or ethnic group.
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