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Membership requirements:

17th Members strive to be as authentic as possible in their appearance before the public whether in uniform or civilian attire. This requires the member to acquire all the accouterments (i.e. coats, pants, dresses, shoes, hats, etc.) necessary for a proper impression. New members are expected to obtain the minimum of the necessary items to portray a proper impression within a year. Due to the cost of the necessary items, members are welcome to acquire the balance of their cloths and equipment over time.  

All prospective members must:

  • Be at least eighteen (18) years old.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Not be a convicted felon.
  • Agree to abide by the laws, rules and regulations governing the corporation.
  • Agree to present a historically accurate impression of an infantry soldier or civilian of the 1860’s.
  • Must be a male to do a military impression. (There is no documentation of a woman serving in the military ranks of the 17th Michigan regiment.)

Note: Those men who choose a military impression must also agree to follow the 17th's Military Methods & Procedures and Behavior Guidelines. 

To qualify for 17th Membership, the prospective member must:

  • Agree to abide by the laws, rules and regulations governing the corporation.
  • Attend all the safety classes required of the membership.
  • Agree to obtain the initial period cloths and equipment required for a proper 1860’s impression.
  • Attend New Member orientation classes/drills.
  • Submit an Application for Membership with $25.00 (annual membership dues) to the 17th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company E, Inc.

In addition to the above, the perspective member should consider either being a Re-enactor, a Living Historian, or a combination of the two.  

About Us:

Today's 17th is made up of men and women from all walks of life that share a common interest in the history of the American Civil War and wish to share this interest with the public by re-enacting and/or performing first person impression of a Union soldier, civilian, or a politician of the period. 

Membership Application

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Thank you for your interest in the 17th!

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