Civil War Days was founded in 1993 by Maureen Rivers and Carl Clink in Bartlet Park behind the Newland House Museum in Huntington Beach. Growing from the first re-enactment featuring one cannon and about 30 soldiers, Civil War Days has grown to host historical reenactors from all over the United States attracting thousands of spectators each year.
Today Civil War Days hosts nearly one thousand re-enactors in Huntington Beach Central Park. With soldiers, civilian re-enactors and sutlers from all over California and the United States, the Huntington Beach Historical Society welcomes you to this glorious event that is always free to the public. In the past Huntington Beach hosted the annual Western region encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, where veterans of the War Between the States met to reminisce their past conflict and promote veterans advocacy. We continue Huntington Beach's tradition by promoting historical education and understanding.
The Huntington Beach Historical Society promotes historic preservation and education within and around Huntington Beach and serves as a resource for local history. The Society cares for the Newland House, built by early Orange County pioneers William and Mary Newland in 1898 and offers public tours on the weekends as well as private tours for groups and schoolchildren. As a service to the community and organizational fundraiser, the Society hosts annually the Civil War Days living history reenactment of the American Civil War as an educational as well as entertaining event, free to the public, in Huntington Beach Central Park.
The event is planned and coordinated by Civil War Days co-chairs Kelly and her son Darrell Rivers along with the numerous volunteers from the Historical Society. The Society is assisted by Boy Scout Troop 227, whose scouts play a vital role in running Civil War Days smoothly each year. We would like to thank our Reenactor Coordinator Reed Settle for all the work he does for Civil War Days, on and off the battlefield.
We wish to thank all of our volunteers and sponsors and look forward to seeing all those attending our 19th reenactment in 2012.