PIPESTONE — Since 1991, area residents have enjoyed a biennial presentation of a Civil War battle reenactment and other activities related to that period.
That regional tradition, set at Pipestone's Hiawatha Park, has met its end, with the 2020 pageant a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Pipestone Civil War Days Committee announced in 2018 that the 2020 celebration would be the last, saying that they wanted to make it a grand send-off. However, with concerns surrounding the pandemic, the committee told the public last May that the 2020 pageant would be cancelled.
While many 2020 events were simply rescheduled for this year, such was not possible for Civil War Days. The committee announced June 2 that the 2018 Civil War Days was now the final event to close out the festival's chapter.
In the committee's Facebook post, they reminded the public of a quote by philosopher George Santayana: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."