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Experience History

Celebrations, reenactments, and more at the Drum Barracks Museum and throughout Southern California

Drum Barracks Events

Join us at 1052 N. Banning Blvd., Wilmington CA 90744 at the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum for the following....

Civil War Book Club Meetings

Meetings of the Richard Rollins Civil War Book Club are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Library.   All are welcome to attend, even if they have not read the book, as they can participate in or listen to a lively discussion of that monthly book selection. There are no meetings held in July and August.  Check the Book Club entry under "Events" for a list of the books that will be discussed in 2019.

American Battlefield Trust, Park Service Day

Join us Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am as the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum joins with the American Battlefield Trust for Park Service Day; a national day dedicated to preserving America's historic sites.  Lend us a helping hand cleaning the grounds and collections and receive an American Battlefield Trust t-shirt (while supplies last).  Snacks and drinks will be provided by the Drum Barracks Garrison & Society.  For additional information call (310) 548-7509.

Volunteer Training Classes, April 2019

Become a volunteer at the greatest Civil War site in Los Angeles! Attend four classes Saturday, April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2019 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am.  Volunteers must attend all four classes (or make-up classes) to graduate.  Enjoy lectures on historic preservation and California's role in the Civil War, get a behind the scenes peak at artifacts and exhibitions, and learn to share your Civil War knoweldge with visitors.  These sessions are free and are only offered once per year, so don't delay.  Call (310) 548-7509 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information, or to reserve your place in our 2019 class.

Civil War Technology Fair, Saturday, June 22, 2019 / Free / 11 am - 4 pm

Enjoy special exhibitions, lectures and demonstrations on Civil War technology, such as the telegraph, railroad, balloon corp and ironclad ships.  Speak to Civil War reenactors about the life of a soldier, watch a blacksmith at work, and feel the boom from a cannon during our artillery demonstration.  Free self-guided tours of the Barracks and children's passport activity, with prizes.