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Galena Welcome Center

Old Market House State Historic Site
123 N. Commerce St.
Galena, IL 61036
9a.m. – 5p.m. Daily

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17th Corps Medical Demonstrations & Traveling Museum

Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site
500 Bouthillier St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-3310

Event Dates


9:00 am - 4:00 pm

10:30 am: Pharmacy Demonstration. Pill making and pharmacy of the age are demonstrated to the public.

11:30 am: Medical Demonstration, Minor Surgery, This demonstration session provides the public with an understanding of minor surgery (bullet or other object extraction).

1:30 pm: Recruitment Session for Children. This session for 1st to 8th grade students simulates the questions required to medically approve a soldier in 1861. Each student is provided a free, suitable for framing certificate.

2:30 pm: Medical Demonstration, Major Surgery, This session demonstrates brain surgery and amputation to the public. The session debunks the "myths" of Civil War surgery including "Bite the Bullet" and "Alcohol for Anesthetizing Patents".

1860's Traveling Medical Museum: See $15,000 in 1860's medical equipment for the public to view and ask questions about. Our Traveling Museum is only surpassed by the permanent displays at the National Museum for Civil War Medicine in Frederick, MD.