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Tennessee State Museum opens Discovering the Civil War an exhibition from the National Archives

Tennessee State Museum presents Discovering the Civil War, a landmark exhibition from Washington D.C.’s National Archives, on view Feb 12 – Sept 1, 2013.

Discovering the Civil War draws on these through letters, diaries, photos, petitions, and patents to give visitors a chance to walk in the shoes of scholars in unlocking secrets, solving mysteries, and uncovering unexpected events from this pivotal point in our nation’s history.

The exhibit is divided into 12 thematic areas that combine great original treasures, engaging touch screen interactive, and social media tools, all selected to illustrate the breadth of the conflict and to ask, “How do we know what happened?”

The original Emancipation Proclamation will be on view for a limited time during the exhibition. The Tennessee State Museum will be the only stop in the Southeast of an unprecedented tour and display of the Emancipation Proclamation, the document that altered the course of U.S. history and dramatically changed the lives of African-Americans by proclaiming freedom for millions of slaves.

For additional updates on the Emancipation Proclamation and Discovering the Civil War, visit the museum’s website at

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