PdC program of music and cannon firing free on Sunday

The paint and cement of the cannon tube were removed and a sleeve fitted so that the cannon can be fired. (Submitted photos)

A new, historically-correct carriage has been built to hold the restored cannon, which will be fired on Sunday for the first time since the Civil War

The Prairie du Chien Historical Society will hold its annual free program of music and history on Sunday, June 29. Located on the grounds of the Fort Crawford Museum, the program will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Since the Historical Society acquired the Fort Crawford Hospital in 1996, the last Sunday in June has been dedicated to Bits & Pieces: A Bit of Music and a Piece of History. This year, Mike McCoy will provide the musical portion of the program. Mike is a language arts teacher at Bluff View. He is well-known for his musical ability and guitar playing. He will perform historical pieces and his own compositions. He may even unveil a new song written just for the event.

In 1970, Campion Jesuit High School had a cannon that had been in its possession since 1913. It had rested in various places on the high school grounds, but President Lucey felt that it would have a better home at the Fort Crawford Hospital. It was given to the museum and has been on display since that time.

Research was done on the cannon. Based on what was discovered, the Prairie du Chien Historical Society decided the cannon should be restored to firing condition. Through a grant from the Prairie du Chien Foundation and private gifts, a new and historically-correct carriage was built to hold the cannon. The cannon itself had been filled with cement and painted many times. The Prairie du Chien Lions Club founded the restoration of the cannon tube. The paint and cement were removed and a sleeve fitted so that the cannon could be fired.

At the June 29 program, Mary Elise Antoine will share the research that was done on the Pattern 1827 cannon. The cannon will be dedicated and fired by members of the Third Iowa Light Artillery. This will be the first time the cannon has been fired since the Civil War.

While the program is free to the public, donations are always appreciated. Root beer floats will be available. For more information, contact: Fort Crawford Museum at 326-6960 or www.fortcrawfordmuseum.com.

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