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Discovery Days: Who Were Civil War Zouaves?

Posted June 27, 2013, at 3:41 p.m.

Baggy red pants and a turban may seem like a strange outfit for a Civil War soldier, but that was the uniform often worn by zouaves, soldiers whose appearance and fighting style were inspired by French North African regiments of the same name. Learn more about these unique soldiers during a family-friendly Discovery Days program at the Wilson Museum in Castine on Thursday, July 11 (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.). Civil War reenactor Rob Kufrovich will introduce you to the uniform, equipment, and everyday experiences of a zouave soldier. Handle reproduction artifacts and explore a Civil War soldier’s tent!

A man of many talents, Rob Kufrovich has worked as a chemical lab analyst, an underground mining geologist, a professional musician, an artist, and a science and social studies teacher. He currently works as a classroom education technician in the third and fourth grade classroom at Castine’s Adams School. Rob has been interested in the Civil War for many years and has participated in Civil War reenactments since 2000. He is currently a member of Richardson’s Civil War Roundtable in Searsport.

Discovery Days programs are designed for families with children ages 12 and under. The cost for each program is $3 per person or $12 per family of four or more participating members. Ensure your participation by contacting 326-9247, or info@wilsonmuseum.org to pre-register and pay for the program. Join us every Thursday (2:00 p.m.) from July 11 to August 22 for a similar family-friendly program.

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