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Experience History

Celebrations, reenactments, and more at the Drum Barracks Museum and throughout Southern California

Drum Barracks Events

Join us at 1052 Banning Blvd. Wilmington CA 90744 at the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum for the following...

Civil War Book Club Meetings

Meetings of the Richard Rollins Civil War Book Club are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Library.   All are welcome to attend, even if they have not read the book, as they can participate in or listen to a lively discussion of that monthly book selection. There are no meetings held in July and August.  Check the Book Club entry under "Events" for a list of the books that will be discussed in 2018.

"Remembrance Day" 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 17, 2018

For the eighth year, the Drum Barracks Museum joins in the national remembrance and celebration of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address given at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery on November 19, 1863. The event is sponsored by the Gen. W. S. Rosecrans Camp No. 2, Department of the Pacific, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and their Auxiliary, the ASUVCW. Free admission.

"Civil War Christmas" 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 1-2, 2018

The 18th Annual Holiday Celebration. An event that should not be missed and one that has become a holiday tradition for thousands! The Banning Museum and the Drum Barracks Museum sponsor free horse-drawn carriage rides between the two sites, which are each decorated for true holiday delight. Admission to both museums and the carriage rides are all free. Now that's the holiday spirit.

Wilmington Holiday Parade, Sunday, December 9, 2018

Starting at noon, the parade moves north up Avalon Boulevard from Anaheim Street, ending at Banning Park.  Volunteers in period attire reenact skirmishes for delighted spectators.