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 Civil War parent volunteer and participation meetings are scheduled on the school calendar for January and February. These meetings are 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, March 14 and is a great opportunity for girls to get assistance in altering their ball gowns if needed.  Fifth and sixth grade students are welcomed from 10:00 a.m. – noon.  Students in seventh grade and higher are welcomed from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. All seamstresses are welcomed anytime from 10:00 – 3:00 p.m.

On Friday, March 27th from 3:35 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, March 27 from 6:45 – 9:30 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.

Dress return occurs on Saturday, April 4th from 10:00 – noon at the Lyceum MPR.

The first battle training day will occur Monday, April 27 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 snacks and dress warmly in case the group needs to practice outside.

At the second after-school session Thursday, April 30 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 snacks and 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 of the Battle of the Wilderness on Saturday, May 2 from 8:00 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 $80.00 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

At least half a payment is due by March 6, 2020. Final payment is due by Friday, April 24th, 2020. If needed, please see Ms. Miller regarding partial scholarships.

Participation Cost: $80.00 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 $2.11 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
2017 Event: Reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg
2018 Event: Reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg