Event Information

LCS 5th through 12th grade students and their parents are invited to participate in a very unique educational event. Led by the Denver-based group, You Can Live History, LCS students participate in a series of activities based on the time period of the Civil War. Two after-school training sessions will be held and students will learn about various Civil War battles and will be assigned officer positions and roles to play during the upcoming week.

Important Dates

The first Civil War parent volunteer and participation meeting will be held in Lyceum room 215 on Friday, November 17th from 3:30 – 4:30. If you cannot make this meeting, there will be more information meetings after the new year. This meeting is for parents who are interested in getting more information on volunteering or participating in the reenactment and/or ball.

The Sewing Bee will be held Saturday, January 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is a great opportunity for girls to get assistance in altering their ball gowns if needed.

On Friday, February 16th from 3:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. the students will gather in the Academy gym to learn period-specific etiquette and manners as well as dances from the time period such as the Virginia Reel and the waltz.

On Friday evening, February 16 from 6:45 – 9:15 p.m., the students will participate in a period costume ball at Grace Community Church, 240 Barberry Place, Loveland. Please bring store-bought finger food to share. Girls must have their shoulders covered, and dresses should be no lower than 4″ from the girls’ collar bones. Skirts/dresses should extend to the feet and flare out. Boys are to dress in nice dress pants and shirt. A neck tie is optional. Parents or participants who do not have Civil War apparel should dress conservative and nicely.

The first battle training day will occur Tuesday, May 1 from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the Academy gym. Parents, who are participating in the battle, should plan to attend the training as well. Bring a sack dinner and dress warmly in case the group needs to practice outside.

At the second after-school session Thursday, May 3 from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., participants will take part in battle training and receive their uniform disbursements. Participating students and parents should bring a white plastic bag with your name on it for your uniform. Dress warmly in case we need to practice outside.

The event activities will culminate in an all-day reenactment and encampment on Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students should arrive at 8:30 am to get weapons and prepare for the reenactment. Teachers, students, parents, volunteers, and community members are welcomed to join together to participate in this incredible opportunity to study the Civil War. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for purchase at lunch, so please bring cash. In light of the 152nd anniversary of the Lincoln’s powerful speech, Loveland Classical Schools will be performing a recitation of the Gettysburg Address at the end of our reenactment. Any community member joining us for the recital of the Gettysburg Address should dress conservatively and meet at the battle site at 3:30 p.m. All uniforms and equipment will be turned into the You Can Live History organization at the conclusion of the day.

The cost is $70.00 per participating family. An additional $5.00 will be added for lunch (dessert included) for each participant in that family. Volunteers and guests who are watching can purchase lunch that day after all the participants are fed.

Step One: Register

All participants must register. Please note that the cost to participate is per family; therefore, parents are welcomed to join us in the ball, the reenactment, or both.

Step Three: Pay for the Event

You can make payments as long as the total amount is received no later than Friday, April 20, 2018.

Participation Cost: $70.00 per family
(Parents are welcomed to battle with us!)  Note that the fee covers everyone’s battle gear and supplies. Checks should be made out to Loveland Classical Schools and can be made in two installments. Checks should be put in the Business Office drop box near the entryway at either campus. Or you can pay online, but note that an additional charge of $2.40 is incurred to cover credit card processing fees.

Additional Information

Lunch: $5.00 per person (optional)
Participants and onlookers are welcomed to join us for lunch or pack your own.

Girls Dress Ideas

Past Battles

Be sure to check out pictures from our past battles:
2013 Event: Reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg
2014 Event: Reenactment of the Battle of Bull Run
2015 Event: Reenactment of the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg)
2016 Event: Reenactment of the First Battle of Bull Run, also known as First Manassas