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‘Icaria, Adams County and the Civil War: an Evening with Ulysses S. Grant’ to be presented Friday

Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 10:48 a.m. CDT

CORNING — An Iowa Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission endorsed event, “Icaria, Adams County and the Civil War: an Evening with Ulysses S. Grant” will be held Friday at the Corning Opera House Cultural Center, 800 Davis Ave.

The commemoration is in memory of the sacrifices made during the Civil War. Whether they were soldiers on the battlefield, supported the troops from the home front, or defended their state’s southern border, Iowans played an important role in the Civil War. Icarian and Adams County men and their families shared in that sacrifice. Guests are encouraged to come in costume.

Corning Opera House Cultural Center and French Icarian Colony Foundation are partnering to bring to the area an informative, humorous and touching portrayal of the victorious general.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., a buffet supper featuring 1860s era foods will be served by the foundation. The three-course meal will include sausage and apples, maccaroni cheese, cucumber salad, ginger cakes, applesauce cookies and beverage.

The opera house will present the program “Unconditional Surrender: A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant” beginning at 7:30 p.m. The one man show written and performed by Peter J. Grady and produced by the Marshalltown Iowa Community Theater brings to life Ulysses S. Grant. Meet the general whose strategy and tenacity won the Civil War, the president who struggled to rebuild his country after the war and the husband and father whose final efforts were devoted to the financial support or his wife and family.

Tickets are available for supper only at $18, show only at $12 or a combination ticket at a reduced rate of $25. Tickets for the evening may be ordered at www.CorningOperaHouse.com, State Bank of Brooks or by calling 641-418-8037.

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