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National Civil War Museum Plans Series of Exhibits for the 150th

The National Civil War Museum announced it will open a series of year-long exhibits in recognition of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.

In January of each year beginning in 2011 through 2015, each exhibit will highlight the events, battles and people of that particular year 150 years ago. The first exhibit, “1861” is scheduled to open on January 26, 2011 and focus on the year 1861. It will discuss the inaugurations of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, the road to secession, the Baltimore riots, Lincoln’s call for troops, and much more about the events and people that defined this year in history.

These Sesquicentennial exhibits will be in addition to a schedule of two other changing exhibits per year, opening in March and September, focusing on other Civil War themes. Past exhibits have included such topics as espionage, the logistics of moving armies, and illness and disease.

The National Civil War Museum will host a wine & cheese reception to preview the “1861” exhibit on Tuesday, January 25, 2010 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Curator Brett Kelley will provide an overview of the exhibit content and highlight important details and events in 1861. Admission to the reception is $10 per person with complimentary admission for Museum members. Reservations must be made by contacting Lynn Smolizer at 717.260.1861 x. 1108 or [email protected] by January 20, 2011.

About The National Civil War Museum

Opened in February 2001, The National Civil War Museum is a non-profit educational institution dedicated solely to the American Civil War. It is the largest Civil War museum that addresses the war from both the Northern and Southern perspective, and from both a military and civilian perspective. The Museum protects some of the nation’s treasures, including General Robert E. Lee’s personal Bible, and more than 24,000 artifacts, documents and photos, worth an estimated $20 million. The National Civil War Museum was rated 2008 Reader’s Choice for Historic Attraction and Museum by Harrisburg Magazine. Admission to the Museum is $9.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors, and $7.00 for students with reduced rates for children and families. The Museum offers complimentary ample parking.

Image: The National Civil War Museum

For more information, please call 717.260.1861, or visit the Museum’s website at

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