Membership Roster

The 21st Michigan is made up of people from many diverse walks of life. We are drawn together to share our passion for re-creating the life and times of the American Civil War. Below you will find a roster of the members of our group, both military and civilian. Where appropriate, we will note members who have been elected to serve their fellow members in positions of leadership. You'll note, we have many families that share this wonderful hobby with each other.

Organizational Leaders

JimCary2

Jim
Cary

President for 2018 - portrays a sergeant or private.

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Susan
Madonia

Treasurer for 2018

CarrieKushnir

Carrie
Kushnir

Secretary for 2018

RobGiorlando

Rob
Giorlando

Military Commander for 2018 - usually portrays a Captain

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Jillian
Drapala

Civilian Co-ordinator for 2018

Military Members

RobGiorlando

Rob
Giorlando

Military Commander - usually portrays a Captain

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Drew Assenmacher

Drew is a private.

JakeBelcher

Jake
Belcher

Jake is a private

Jim Cary Roster

Jim
Cary

Jim portrays a Sargeant. He is also serving the club as our webmaster!

JonCary

Jon
Cary

Jon portrays a corporal or private.

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Ken
Collier

Ken is a private.

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Mike
Gillett

Mike portrays a military chaplain.

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Zach
Kirby

 
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Nolan
Kroha

 
McMannRoger

Roger
McMann

Roger is a private.

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Sean
McMann

Sean is a private.

JustinMcMann

Justin
McMann

Justin is a private.

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Jason
Monarch

Jason is a private.

BennyNasser

Benny
Nasser

Benny is a descendant of a member of the original 21st Michigan.

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Charlie Robeck

Charlie portrays a Sargent or Corporal.

JRSchroeder

JR
Schroeder

JR will be portraying a Medical Staff person this year.

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Aaron
Steketee

 
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Lowell
White

Lowell is a private.

Civilian Members

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Jillian
Drapala

Jillian is our Civilian Coordinator this year.

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Ken
Alto

 
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Jackie
Alto

 
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Joshua
Alto

 
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Jolene
Alto

 
KevinAmos

Kevin
Amos

 
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Andy Assenmacher

AKA - The "Eggman"
SueAssenmacher

Sue
Assenmacher

Miss Lamkin portrays a lady who was born in a town on the Michigan-Ohio border. Her father was a city clerk, and her mother was the daughter of a merchant from a neighboring city. Her parents knew their daughter was born with many challenges, and had to fight to reach adulthood. Her father set aside a dowry for her in the event of her marriage, and her aunt took an interest and vowed to "make sure that she can afford some finer thing in life.” She made good on her promise. Miss Lamkin helps to keep house, and practices traditional crafts such as using a spinning wheel, knitting, and sewing. She recently married the local poultry farmer.
RobertBeech

Robert
Beech

Robert does period correct photography with his tintype machine.

BethBeley

Beth
Beley

 
KathyBella

Kathy
Bella

 
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Candy
Cary

 
Melody Cary roster image

Melody
Cary

 
DaveCook

Dave
Cook

 
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Jean
Cook

Mrs. Cook portrays a laundress who, at one time in her life was well off, but, due to her husband’s misfortune of getting hit with a cannonball, has had to resort to a life of drudgery and discontentment. Mrs. Cook brings to the events everything a laundress would need, including tubs, agitators, washboards, etc.
When not doing laundry, Mrs. Cook also enjoys sketching the period scenes that surround her, as well as cooking over the fire.
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Amanda
Craig

 
ShannonCurly

Shannon
Curley

 
MirandaDavies

Miranda Davies

 
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Amy
Elster

 
LarissaFleishman

Larissa
Fleishman

 
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Mary
Garvin

 
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Matthew
Geyman

 
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Stefani
Geyman

 
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Spencer
Geyman

 
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Karen
Gillett

Karen portrays a chaplain's wife.

KenGiorlando

Ken
Giorlando

 
Patty Giorlando Roster

Patty Giorlando

Mrs. Giorlando practices traditional crafts such as spinning wool into yarn on a spinning wheel, rag-rug making on a loom, crochet, knitting, and needlepoint.

Miles Giorlando

Miles Giorlando

Young Master Giorlando, a son of the Postmaster, is a typical lad of the mid-19th century and enjoys all the things young boys do at his age, such as climbing trees, playing on hay stacks, and throwing rocks and sticks into nearby streams and ponds.

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Rosalia Giorlando

 

RebeccaGoodenow

Rebecca
Goodenow

 
RobinHoover

Robin
Hoover

 
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Robin
Isaacson

 
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Pearl
Jones

 

Mrs. Jones is a violinist extraordinaire and enjoys playing the tunes that were popular during the Civil War era. She enjoys entertaining and interacting with the folks that come to visit and will tell the history of the Civil War through song and word. Many times she will pass out lyric sheets and invites the visitors to sing along.

LizKerstens

Liz
Kelley
Kerstens

Mrs. Kerstens portrays Mary Davis, a widow who lived in Plymouth during the Civil War. She was very active in the Ladies Aid Society. Her husband, Jehiel, died in 1859. They both were originally from New York. Mary was a real person and Liz has studied her in depth.

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Sandy Krueger

 
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Carrie
Kushnir

Mrs. Kushnir wears two hats…er… ‘bonnets’ while at reenactments. One day you may find her wearing a work dress and portraying a domestic servant or a helper to the laundress. On other days she will wear her day dress and become a typical middle class lady of the early 1860’s.

VioletKyryluk

Violet
Kyryluk

 
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Susan
Lewis

 
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Jennifer
Long

 
MichelleLynch

Michelle
Lynch

 
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Susan
Madonia

 
RebeccaMakowski

Rebecca Makowski

 
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Ed
McDonald

 
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Christine
McDonald

 
CaroleMcMann

Carole
McMann

 
KarenaMcMann

Karena
McMann

 
McMannJenny

Jenny
McMann

 
ScottMcMann

Scott
McMann

 
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Meg
McNamee

 
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Christy
Monarch

 
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Kristen
Mrozek

 
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Carolyn
Paladino

 
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Fred
Priebe

 
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Bonnie
Priebe

 
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Jan
Primo

 
ElaineRobeck

Elaine
Robeck

 
ErvRock

Erv
Rock

 
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Jennifer
Schmidt

 
Wendi Schroeder

Wendi Schroeder

Wendi portrays a midwife.

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Elysabeth Schroeder

 
JackieSchubet

Jackie
Schubert

 
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Andrea
Stabile

 
VickieStJohn

Vickie
St. John

 
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Rebbecca
Steketee

 
DaveTennies

Dave
Tennies

Mr. Tennies portrays former Michigan Attorney General and eventual United States Senator, Jacob Howard. During the Civil War, Senator Howard worked closely with President Abraham Lincoln in drafting and passing the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery.

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Donna
Tennies

 
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Margy VanderVeer

 
DaveWalker

Dave
Walker

 
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Carla
Woodruff

 
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Verne
Woodruff