Drum Barracks Events

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Join us at 1052 N. 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 2019.  Attendees under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Volunteer Training, Saturday, March 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2020   9:00 am - 11:30 am   FREE   Registration Required 

Do you want to learn to be a tour guide or school program educator at Drum Barracks Civil War Museum?  Are you interested in Civil War artifacts, historic preservation or want to welcome visitors at special events?  There's a place for you as a member of the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum Volunteer Corps!  During this four week class you will enjoy lectures, go behind the scenes with the curator and museum guides, and visit other historic sites in Wilmington.  Classes are free but you must attend all four Saturdays to graduate.  Contact the museum at 310.548.7509 to register or for additional information.

Park Day, Saturday, April 4, 2020 Banning Museum, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Drum Barracks Civil War Museum and Banning Museum will join together to participate in the American Battlefield Trust's Park Day, a day for giving service at Civil War sites around the country.  Join us at 10:00 am at Banning Museum, 401 East "M" Street, Wilmington, CA 90744 to clean wagons and carriages in the stagecoach barn and help get the site ready for spring and summer visitors.  The residence of Brigadier General Phineas Banning was built in 1864 and was a frequent gathering place for Union Soldiers stationed at Drum Barracks. 

Drum Barracks Civil War Technology Fair, Saturday, June 27, 2020    11:00 am - 4:00 pm  FREE

You will be amazed at the science and technology of the 19th century!  Wet-plate photography, the telegraph, iron clad ships and submarines, these are just some of the innovations you can explore at the Drum Barracks Civil War Technology Fair.  Talk to a blacksmith, learn how a cook prepared food for soldiers, and cover your ears as we fire the cannon.  You can also enjoy lectures, self-guided tours of the museum, and a gigantic book sale. 

Remembrance Day, Saturday, November 14, 2020  2:00 pm   FREE

Join us as we honor the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and remember the sacrifice of Drum Barracks' fallen soldiers. 

Civil War Christmas, Saturday, December 5 & 6 2020 11:00 am - 4:00 pm   FREE

Drum Barracks will kick off the holiday season with five hours of fun and entertainment.  Enjoy self-guided tours of the museum, a Civil War brass band, Victorian parlor singers, children's crafts, special exhibitions and displays and horse-drawn trolley rides.