NEGAUNEE– Some elementary students got quite an explosive treat today as they witnessed a blast from the past at the Iron Ore Heritage Museum.

Iron Ore and the Civil War began today and the first two days are for local school kids. These kids are got to take a three stop tour around the museum. The stops included a reenactment of a traveling blacksmith, reenacted by a blacksmith. Yet many of the kids seemed excited by the next stop, which featured an encampment and a demonstration of a nineteenth century cannon by Battery D of Michigan’s Light Artillery. The last stop was inside the museum itself where kids got to listen to a guest speaker.

“With the kids to walk away from this event with an overall view of what Michigan contributed to the war,” said historian Troy Henderson, “but also more importantly to experience how people lived in the 1860s.”

“Our main purpose as reenactors is to try and bring history alive to these kids; what is was like to live 150–years ago, said Troy Bongard, “what we wore, how we lived, how we sleep, how we ate.”

This Saturday Iron Ore and the Civil War will be open to the public free of charge. On every hour there will be artillery demonstrations.