Recalling the past

A reproduction ladies (size 12) powder blue lace trimmed gown is ready to be worn to the ball.

MERRIMACK – On any weekend this summer, there is probably an American Civil War re-enactment going on somewhere in the U.S., and even in Canada.

Volunteers for the Merrimack Historical Society hope some of those re-enactors will be interested in what they have for sale.

Last year, Steve Closs, the chaplain of the Merrimack Police Department, donated dozens of Civil War reenactment items to the society, including swords, dresses, petticoats, leather boots and framed prints.

Closs told the society to “do whatever you want” with them, volunteer Ruth Marcel said.

The all-volunteer nonprofit organization has no room to store the items in its 150-year-old building, and what it needs is money to maintain the building and to publish Volume II of the town history.

So this weekend, the society will try to sell all 60 donated items during a sale that starts Friday, June 23, from 5-8 p.m., and continues Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

It isn’t an auction, and everything will be sold outright.

Marcel is helping with the sale. Framed prints by three Civil War artists are her favorite items.

“The prints are absolutely beautiful … and beautifully