Speakers & Unique Period Impressions
This list will be updated as additional individuals join our event .
We are still sending out invitations and receiving confirmations for 2014,
so check back closer to Labor Day weekend for our final list.
We offer this list of living historians (below) who have participated in Civil War Days over the years
so you get a feel for the type of talented living historians who typically grace our event.
Lamoni's Civil War Days is fortunate to present to the public
extremely talented and accomplished individuals who specialize
in various aspects of 19th Century American life. These "Living Historians" portray impressions
that include ministers, musicians, artisans & trades people, educators, subject-matter experts & speakers,
and actors & producers & directors.
Each of them brings a special
depth of knowledge, talent, and expertise that will entertain and enlighten you, and
allows Civil War Days to present as complete a picture as possible
of our ancestors' lives. They are who brings history alive.
Civil War Days is proud to say that many of these living historians return to Lamoni
year after year.
Living Historians & Subject Matter Experts
- Joe Billy, Rain Woman, and Windy Star Hides the Moon, American Indians & Living Historians
American Indian Family Camp - all weekend at the Encampment
These living historians participate in Civil War Days year after year, and they present an American Indian impression that is both true to
traditional values and that honors and maintains those traditional values. Look for their
magnificent teepee lakeside just outside of the Town Square at the encampment.
This Indian family – Joe Billy is mixed blood white & Ioway, Rain Woman is full-blooded
Blackfoot & Inuit, and their lovely daughter, Windy Star Hides the Moon -
resides in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
- Jean Warren, Speaker, Greedy War Profiteer, Force of Nature
"Historic Quilts of the 19th Century"- Saturday afternoon in the Community Center
(Previously presented "Historically Correct Cottons of the 1800s")
This presentation uses a mix of original quilt tops, original quilt blocks, and photographs of period quilts.
It includes quilts from 1840 through 1900, but can be tailored to any specific period.
This presentation will be one hour long but it can be from one to two hours in length, or it can be an interactive worship of two to four hours.
In this presentation, I normally discuss the following:
• Why study period quilts?
• How quilting can be used in Living History
• Pre-Civil War Quilts
• Civil War Period Quilts – North and South
• Soldier Comforts / Sanitary Commission Quilts
• Post-Civil War Quilts
• Crazy Quilts – 1890s Victorian.
I have presented this program numerous times, including to groups at the St. Louis Arch National Site, the Lexington Battlefield, MO State Historic Site,
and the Mine Creek Battlefield Site (Kansas Historical Society.)
Bio: Jean Warren and her husband, Del, own James Country Mercantile in downtown Liberty, Missouri.
It is one of the largest sutleries in existence, offering a full line of historically accurate goods,
custom sewing, research, consultation, and associated services.
For more information, see their listing under "Sutlers" on this site and go to
James Country Mercantile in Liberty, Missouri.
Jean's previous presentation "Historically Correct Cottons of the 1800s":
Using photographs, reference works, and numerous samples of reproduction fabrics, historian,
Jean Warren, will educate us on the evolution of prints, designs, and colors appropriate to
the 19th century and specifically to the era of the Civil War.
This one-hour program is designed to be hands-on and interactive. Discussion is encouraged and
attendees are welcome to closely examine the numerous samples available. Jean will show how
textiles changed from the beginning of the century through the Civil War and will also use reproduction
feed-sack material of the 1930’s to show what is not historically accurate for the 1800’s.
This program has been presented to reenactors, museum groups and historical societies, including
Friends of the Anderson House (Lexington State Historic Site, Missouri) and Genesee Country Village
and Museum annual reenactment (Mumford, New York).