Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation

Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation Committed to Preservation of Chicago History
Illinois not-for-profit corporation with 501 (c) (3) IRS exemption
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Dedicated to the development and operation of interpretive and educational facilities relating to the Civil War military instillation Camp Douglas, IL.

Mission: To promote, support and conduct educational and interpretive activities and facilities relating to Civil War history and the role of Chicago and the African American Community in the Civil War

The Sultana Disaster
04/27/2020
The Sultana Disaster

The Sultana Disaster

A Civil War Trust history article describing the S.S. Sultana explosion, which remains the deadliest maritime disaster in U.S. history.

11/27/2018
Donate

This #GivingTuesday, consider making a donation to the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation.

Your donations help us continue our work to provide active leadership in the development, delivery, and preservation of educational and historic information regarding the Upper Midwest, especially Illinois and Chicago during the Civil War.

Thank you for your support!

This #GivingTuesday, consider making a donation to the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation. Your donations help us conti...
11/28/2017
Donate

This #GivingTuesday, consider making a donation to the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation.

Your donations help us continue our work to provide active leadership in the development, delivery, and preservation of educational and historic information regarding the Upper Midwest, especially Illinois and Chicago during the Civil War.

Thank you for your support!

David Keller, the Managing Director of CDRF, and archaeologist Michael Gregory, a CDRF Director, were interviewed by DNA...
05/15/2017
Culver's Being Built On Smallpox Cemetery Used In Civil War, Historians Say

David Keller, the Managing Director of CDRF, and archaeologist Michael Gregory, a CDRF Director, were interviewed by DNAinfo Chicago last week concerning the Culver's that is being built on Camp Douglas' smallpox cemetery.

Camp Douglas researchers are watching for the bones of Confederate soldiers as Culver's is built.

The special offer of $20 + free shipping and handling for the purchase of "The Story of Camp Douglas, Chicago's Forgotte...
05/10/2017
Store – Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation

The special offer of $20 + free shipping and handling for the purchase of "The Story of Camp Douglas, Chicago's Forgotten Civil War Prison", by David Keller, has been extended thru the month of May. Don't miss out on this great offer!

Store Support The Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation. Camp Douglas Pin-$5.00 plus S&H Meyer Print 17″ x 11″-$15.00 plus S&H Bagby Diary-$10.00 plus S&H The Story of Camp Douglas, Chicago’s Forgotten Civil War Prison by David L. Keller $20.00 plus No S & H-Special Month of April Camp Dou...

Looking to learn more about the history of Camp Douglas? The Managing Director of the CDRF, David Keller, has written a ...
04/24/2017
Store – Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation

Looking to learn more about the history of Camp Douglas?

The Managing Director of the CDRF, David Keller, has written a great book entitled “The Story of Camp Douglas, Chicago’s Forgotten Civil War Prison”, and you can purchase the book for the special price of $20 (with FREE shipping & handling) during the month of April.

Store Support The Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation. Camp Douglas Pin-$5.00 plus S&H Meyer Print 17″ x 11″-$15.00 plus S&H Bagby Diary-$10.00 plus S&H The Story of Camp Douglas, Chicago’s Forgotten Civil War Prison by David L. Keller $20.00 plus No S & H-Special Month of April Camp Dou...

Please remember the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation on Giving Tuesday today. Your donations help us continue our wor...
11/29/2016
Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation – A Chicago Story That Needs To Be Told

Please remember the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation on Giving Tuesday today. Your donations help us continue our work to provide active leadership in the development, delivery, and preservation of educational and historic information regarding the Upper Midwest, especially Illinois and Chicago during the Civil War.

Giving Tuesday is a counter balance to Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the commercialism that threatens to overwhelm us at this time of year. It provides an opportunity to take a pause from the hectic holiday season and support the causes that are important to you. Please consider the CDRF when you donate to your favorite organizations at this time of year.

You can donate online at campdouglas.org or send a check to:

Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation
1368 N. Mohawk 2S
Chicago, IL 60610

From its beginnings as a training camp that housed and trained more than 40,000 Union troops, including some of the first African American Union Soldiers, to its legacy as a POW camp housing more than 30,000 total Confederate prisoners during its time, Camp Douglas was the largest and longest operat...

CDRF is preparing an application for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, which is the official list of ...
09/20/2016
Add Camp Douglas to the National Register of Historic Places

CDRF is preparing an application for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, which is the official list of the Nation’s historic places that are worthy of preservation. Camp Douglas trained over 40,000 Union Soldiers from Illinois, including some of the first African-American Union soldiers, and was also one of the largest prisons holding Confederate prisoners during the war. Camp Douglas is an important archeological resource and should be protected.

We have created a petition to reinforce our application, and would very much appreciate your support through signing and sharing.

Thank you for your continued support of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation!

Operating from 1861 to 1865 in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, Camp Douglas served as an important military base and prison for Confederate prisoners throughout the Civil War. In a city and state safely removed from the front lines of battle, Camp Douglas served as a physical reminder of the bit...

CDRF is preparing an application for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.  As part of that process, we n...
08/16/2016
Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation: Add Camp Douglas to the National Register of Historic Places

CDRF is preparing an application for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. As part of that process, we need as much support as possible from those who are familiar with our work.

We have created a petition to reinforce our application, and would very much appreciate your support through signing and sharing.

Thank you for your continued support of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation!

Operating from 1861 to 1865 in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, Camp Douglas served as an important military base and prison for Confederate prisoners throughout the Civil War. In a city and state safely removed from the front lines of battle, Camp Douglas served as a physical reminder of the bit...

#TriviaThursday - Can you identify this Civil War era artifact that was unearthed during our most recent Camp Douglas ex...
07/07/2016

#TriviaThursday - Can you identify this Civil War era artifact that was unearthed during our most recent Camp Douglas excavation?

Happy Memorial Day - united, we remember.
05/30/2016

Happy Memorial Day - united, we remember.

Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation
05/22/2016

Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation

It's a beautiful day for an excavation! Will you be joining us to #DigIt in Bronzeville this week?

It's a beautiful day for an excavation! Will you be joining us to #DigIt in Bronzeville this week?
05/21/2016

It's a beautiful day for an excavation! Will you be joining us to #DigIt in Bronzeville this week?

It's always nice to see a familiar face! Does this morning's find remind you of anything from our last dig? #CampDouglas...
05/21/2016

It's always nice to see a familiar face! Does this morning's find remind you of anything from our last dig? #CampDouglas #ChicagoHistory

A horseshoe (well, half of one) turned up in our excavation this morning- hopefully this means we will have good luck fo...
05/21/2016

A horseshoe (well, half of one) turned up in our excavation this morning- hopefully this means we will have good luck for the rest of the dig! #CampDouglas #ChicagoHistory

Check out this #FridayFind from today's excavation - a 1908 Chicago license tag! What do you think of the horse power on...
05/20/2016

Check out this #FridayFind from today's excavation - a 1908 Chicago license tag! What do you think of the horse power on this vehicle? #CampDouglas #ChicagoHistory

We are pleased to announce that CDRF and DePaul University, in cooperation with the John J. Pershing Magnet School, will...
05/04/2016

We are pleased to announce that CDRF and DePaul University, in cooperation with the John J. Pershing Magnet School, will conduct an archaeological excavation of the Camp Douglas site from Wednesday, May 18 – Thursday , May 26.

You are invited to join us to “DIG IT!”, and take part in these exciting excavations. If you are interested in joining our excavation, please email [email protected] with the dates that you are able to attend. An excavation fee of $10 per person, which helps cover excavation expenses, is payable via check or credit card through our website.

We can’t wait to see what we uncover this May! #CampDouglasRF #ChicagoHistory #Chicago

02/02/2016

CDRF Needs Your Support

Check out this great event at the Newberry Library tomorrow featuring Ernest Griffin, who owned a funeral home on the fo...
01/22/2016

Check out this great event at the Newberry Library tomorrow featuring Ernest Griffin, who owned a funeral home on the former sight of #CampDouglas and commemorated soldiers on both sides of the conflict with memorials built near his funeral home. #CampDouglasRF #ChicagoHistory #CivilWar

During a free curator-led tour of "Civil War to Civil Rights" tomorrow morning at 11:30, you'll meet (through our collection items) Chicagoans like Ernest Griffin. Griffin owned a funeral home on the former site of Camp Douglas, a POW camp for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Embracing the troubled legacy of that chapter in American history, Griffin commemorated the soldiers on both sides of the conflict by building memorials near his funeral home and marching in parades in full Union Army attire. http://bit.ly/1POadZw

#TBT to our 'The Civil War Comes to Chicago' symposium this past November. We can't wait to see what the new year will b...
01/08/2016

#TBT to our 'The Civil War Comes to Chicago' symposium this past November. We can't wait to see what the new year will bring! #CampDouglasRF #CivilWar #ChicagoHistory

The Civil War Comes to Chicago
01/08/2016

The Civil War Comes to Chicago

It's a beautiful day for a symposium here on Northerly Island! #TheCivilWarComesToChicago
11/07/2015

It's a beautiful day for a symposium here on Northerly Island! #TheCivilWarComesToChicago

Cod liver oil, anyone? (Scott's emulsion, with lime soda mixed in!) #CampDouglasRF #CDRF #ChicagoHistory #Archaeology
10/11/2015

Cod liver oil, anyone? (Scott's emulsion, with lime soda mixed in!) #CampDouglasRF #CDRF #ChicagoHistory #Archaeology

Would anyone like to hazard a guess as to what this object is? Fun finds on site this morning! #CampDouglasRF #CDRF #Chi...
10/11/2015

Would anyone like to hazard a guess as to what this object is? Fun finds on site this morning! #CampDouglasRF #CDRF #ChicagoHistory

Our archaeologists were #Twinning a bit on site today- wouldn't you agree? (they are the best!)
10/10/2015

Our archaeologists were #Twinning a bit on site today- wouldn't you agree? (they are the best!)

Again, thanks Scott and your students D. Keller
10/10/2015

Again, thanks Scott and your students

D. Keller

Thanks to Scott Demel and his team of student archaeologists from Northern Michigan University for coming down to assist with our excavation. It is great to have you on site at Camp Douglas!

Thanks to Scott Demel and his team of student archaeologists from Northern Michigan University for coming down to assist...
10/10/2015

Thanks to Scott Demel and his team of student archaeologists from Northern Michigan University for coming down to assist with our excavation. It is great to have you on site at Camp Douglas!

It's a beautiful day for an excavation! #CampDouglas #CDRF #ChicagoHistory
10/09/2015

It's a beautiful day for an excavation! #CampDouglas #CDRF #ChicagoHistory

The Fall 2015 excavation of Camp Douglas is officially under way! We are making great progress, and are already down to ...
10/08/2015

The Fall 2015 excavation of Camp Douglas is officially under way! We are making great progress, and are already down to the Camp Douglas level in some areas.

We were out prepping our excavation site for the upcoming Camp Douglas dig today. Will you be joining our excavation thi...
10/07/2015

We were out prepping our excavation site for the upcoming Camp Douglas dig today. Will you be joining our excavation this week? We can't wait to see what we uncover! #CDRF #CampDouglas #ChicagoHistory #CivilWar

Join us for Camp Douglas Days this Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 6-7pm at Lake Meadows Park!The fourth Camp Douglas program e...
09/28/2015

Join us for Camp Douglas Days this Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 6-7pm at Lake Meadows Park!

The fourth Camp Douglas program examines the creative ways guards and prisoners responded to the challenges they faced.

Jason McInnes leads fellow Old Town School of Folk Music musicians in an open rehearsal of Win Stracke’s Songs of the Civil War, first performed live in 1965.

Veteran and artist Aaron Hughes shares his work as well as projects he’s developed with Warrior Writers and the National Veterans Art Museum.

The Chicago Grassroots Curriculum leads a workshop on how to use art to respond to neighborhood issues.

Camp Douglas Days is a series of public history programs about Chicago’s Civil War prisoner-of-war camp that seeks to connect past with present by pairing a historian with a contemporary artist or community group around a shared aspect of the camp’s story.

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