I like this idea for many reasons.
check out what I've learned from a yahoogroup. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Irish_American_Pride
Cynthia, mentioned that this is funded by grants and donations in order to teach people how life was like in that era. ---- I'm hoping that this will get people to remember what caused entire families to fight against each other in Union and Confederate Camps.
I'm thinking that it would be neat... if they found something where apostrophe and contractions were used in writing the journals and logs. This would be exciting, and may help teach people to learn the Language at the same time, as well as all sorts of trades like Silversmithing, Glass blowing and how people survived a Winter to storing crops.
Rennesaince Festivals - focused on 1500's.
It would be refreshing to see how folks in the 1860's did stuff, and in the mist of a lot of change in the air, which brought the country / western / frontier genre.
After all... don't want to forget how people lived.
They did make it better for us now.