Our Programs

We have available a variety of:

Educational programs, Talks and Demonstrations

We offer a range of topics, on all grade levels or levels of interest from the novice to the well educated.

Some of our more popular topics we are ask to present

  • Civil War Artillery

  • Civil War Flags

  • the Common Civil War Soldier

  • Civil War Cavalry

  • Civil War Infantry

  • Weapons of the Civil War

  • How to Trace your Civil War Ancestors

We are involved in doing our historical / educational programs for a number of: schools, scout troops and churches; most all types of civil organizations, veteran groups, historical & genealogy societies

Some of the types of programs we have to offer. . . .

Outdoor Living History Programs • setup tables / exhibits at  Battle Reenactments • Hands-on Historical Programs • Live Demonstrations • all types of Educational programs • Teacher & Student Teacher Programs & Training • Classroom Visitors • Speaker Programs • Veteran Memorials • Color Guard & Parades • Veteran / Descendant Organizations • Cemetery Research • Military Research • Genealogy • Guided Battlefield Tour • Local / Regional Historical Tours – Civil War Preservation and much, much more…..


Come attend our Lecture group

the Western New York Civil War Society

Our Lecture group will try to meet monthly on the last Wednesday  of the month (except in December) at 7:00 pm in the evenings to talk about various topics of the Civil War era.

Our WNYCWS, will try to keep our meetings interesting and fun to attend, as we try to enlighten our WNY community on all types of venues: Book authors, Preservation, Biographies, battle histories, Civil War relics, demonstrations, etc…..

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Echoes Through Time

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Echoes Through Time shared Andersonville National Historic Site's post.

A Glimpse into Andersonville’s Archives

Chartered in 1883, the Women’s Relief Corps (WRC) served as an auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic. In 1896 they obtained the land that was once the location of the infamous Andersonville Prison, and right away started making improvements to the run-down condition that they received it in.

One of their first projects was constructing a cottage on site for families visiting Andersonville National Cemetery to use. This nine room, brick cottage sat on a piece of newly acquired land that the WRC purchased as an expansion to their preservation effort. Their ultimate goal: to memorialize the prison site. Efforts to create a memorial to the Civil War prisoners who suffered and died in the prison included a memorial rose garden, memorial orchard of pecan trees, and a road surrounding the historic prison site for visitors to use to explore.

By 1910, the grounds became almost too expensive for the WRC to maintain. It was then that the U.S. Government agreed to a land transfer. A WRC monument was erected at Andersonville in 1911 to honor the efforts of the women managing the site, followed by a monument to one of their founding members, Lizabeth Turner. While the government owned the land, however, the WRC still managed some aspects of it until the 1950s.

The WRC medal handed out to its members was in the shape of a Maltese cross. Some with red, white, and blue ribbons, others (like the one pictured) have the red, white, and blue stripes incorporated into the medal. “F.L.C” is engraved in each one to remind members of the Corps’ founding motto: Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty.

This metal, along with other items in our collections, will be on display in the National Prisoner of War Museum later this year. (JH)(NPS Photo)