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Second annual Van Raalte Farm Civil War Muster

Reenactment of 1864 battle

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HOLLAND, Michigan - The Holland Museum is inviting the public to its second annual "Van Raalte Farm Civil War Muster" it plans to hold on June 26th and 27th at Holland's historic Van Raalte Farm. The farm was once owned by Benjamin, the son of Rev. A.C. Van Raalte, Holland's 1847 founder.

Hundreds of reenactors will be involved, representing civilians, infantry, artillery, and cavalry. Events scheduled include battle scenes, special impressions, sutler offerings (vendors), medical scenarios, a night fire, as well as an 1860's-style church service. This year's Muster will recreate the Battle of Utoy Creek, fought from August 5 to August 7, 1864.

New to the 2010 Muster is expanded non-military content referred to as "Homefront" programming, events that primarily will take place at indoor venues to ensure some 'rainproof' activity each day, and will even appeal to those not interested in military history. These include a quilt exhibit at the Holland Area Arts Council, a Civil War collectors exhibit, and period music and dance events. Organizers are partnering with the Holland Area Arts Council on these events and expect to have plenty of options for everyone.

Civil War connections run deep at Van Raalte Farm, the site of the main Muster event. Benjamin Van Raalte was a celebrated Civil War veteran and was known for his exemplary service record during the war as a sergeant in Co. I of the 25th Michigan Volunteer Infantry.

Tickets for the Holland Museum's Civil War Muster are available for purchase at the Holland Museum, 31 West 10th Street, Holland, and on the Museum's website at More information on the event is available from 616.394.1362 x205 or