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 2016 - portrays a sergeant or private.

LizKerstens

Liz
Kerstens

Treasurer for 2016

KrisMrozek

Kristen
Mrozek

Secretary for 2016

RobGiorlando

Rob
Giorlando

Military Commander for 2016 - usually portrays a First Sergeant

KenGiorlando

Ken
Giorlando

Civilian Co-ordinator for 2016

Military Members

RobGiorlando

Rob
Giorlando

Military Commander - usually portrays a First Seargeant

Drew Assenmacher roster image

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!

Jon Cary

Jon
Cary

Jon is a private.

Ken Collier Roster Image

Ken
Collier

Ken is a private.

Fred DeNault Roster Image

Fred
DeNault

Fred is our "perpetual" private.

Mike Gillett Roster

Mike
Gillett

Mike portrays a military chaplain.

Tom Giorlando

Tom
Giorlando

Tom normally portrays a 1st or 2nd Sargeant, as needed.

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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.

DeanMielke

Dean
Mielke

Dean 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 will be a corporal this year.

JRSchroeder

JR
Schroeder

JR portrays a Captain or Leutenant, as needed.

TomSpanski

Tom
Spanski

 

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Lowell
White

Lowell is a private.

Civilian Members

KenGiorlando

Ken Giorlando

Civilian Co-ordinator - Mr. Giorlando portrays a Postmaster of the mid-19th century. He uses period correct stationary, stamps, pen & ink, and a desk to accent his presentation. Letters written by the many members of the living history community are actually sent and picked up through his "Post Office".
ElizabethAdams

Elizabeth
Adams

 
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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.
Rebecca Assenmacher roster image

Rebecca Assenmacher

 
RobertBeech

Robert
Beech

Robert does period correct photography with his tintype machine.
KathyBella

Kathy
Bella

 
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Candy
Cary

During our reenactments, Mrs. Cary ‘becomes’ Mrs. Laura Smith Haviland, a Quaker abolitionist, suffragette, and social reformer. Mrs. Haviland played an important role for the underground railroad, and she also helped organize the first anti-slavery organization in Michigan.
Mrs. Cary will wear the simple period Quaker clothing and speak in the plain language of “thee” and “thou” that the early Quakers used.
Melody Cary roster image

Melody
Cary

 
Tavish Cary Roster Image

Tavish
Cary

 
WayneC

Wayne
Chervekowsky

 
Dave Cook Roster Image

Dave
Cook

 
Jean Cook Roster Image

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
Curly

 
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Beth
Beley

 
MirandaDavies

Miranda Davies

 
JacobElliot

Jacob
Elliot

 
LarissaFleishman

Larissa
Fleishman

 
AprilFolcarelli

April
Folcarelli

 
AlissaFolcarelli

Alissa
Folcarelli

 
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Michelle
Fraser

 
LauraFrey

Laura
Frey

 
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Matthew
Geyman

 
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Stefani
Geyman

 
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Spencer
Geyman

 
Karen Gillett Roster Image

Karen
Gillett

Karen portrays a chaplain's wife.
Patty Giorlando Roster

Patty Giorlando

As the postmaster's wife, Mrs. Giorlando also 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.
Rosalia Giorlando roster

Rosalia Giorlando

Young Miss Giorlando, the daughter of the Postmaster, loves to play dolls with her friends, as well as have tea parties, climb trees, and other outdoor enjoyments a young lady should (and sometimes shouldn't) do. She also partakes in needlepoint and crocheting with her mother, and is learning to spin wool on a spinning wheel as well.
RebeccaGoodenow

Rebecca
Goodenow

 
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Sarah
Goodman

 
RobinHoover

Robin
Hoover

 
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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.
FeliciaKonrad

Felicia
Konrad

 
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Sandy Krueger

 
Carrie Graber Roster Image

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

 
MichelleLynch

Michelle
Lynch

 
SofiaMalynowskyj

Sofia
Malynowskyj

 
CaroleMcMann

Carole
McMann

 
KarenaMcMann

Karena
McMann

 
McMannJenny

Jenny
McMann

 
ScottMcMann

Scott
McMann

 
VictoriaMielke

Victoria
Mielke

 
JenniferLitwiller

Jennifer
Mitchell

 
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Christy
Monarch

 
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Kristen
Mrozek

 
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Carolyn
Paladino

 
DebPurdue

Deb
Purdue

 
ElaineRobeck

Elaine
Robeck

 
ErvRock

Erv
Rock

 
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Judy
Rock

 
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

 
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

 
Emily Veneri

Emily
Veneri

Miss Veneri portrays a watergirl. During the battles she will supply refreshing water (or ice) to the boys lying “dead” or "wounded" on the field. Although water girls such as what Emily portrays did not exist during such battles, at reenactments she has been called an “angel from heaven” during the hot summer days.
Outside of the battles, Miss Veneri will don her day dress and become a young lady of the Civil War era.
DaveWalker

Dave
Walker

 
AngieWhite

Angie
White

 
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Carla
Woodruff

 
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Verne
Woodruff