This exhibit will tell the story of all Civil War Veterans, North and South, Men and Women, Black and White. During the war soldiers developed friendships and a sense of camaraderie that was as strong as their dedication to their cause. When the war ended the weary veterans looked forward to going home, but soon after leaving the service, many realized that something was missing. The bonds that they had forged with their brothers in arms remained strong in their memories. By 1866 veterans began to re-establish their wartime friendships in the form of fraternal organizations. These groups would allow them to maintain their connection to those with whom they had served over four long years and to remember the honored dead left on the field of battle. In time The Grand Army of the Republic and the United Confederate Veterans would become the largest of these organizations among many others. Veterans would use the power of their numbers to lobby for widows and orphans and for veterans rights and pensions, becoming a political force to be reckoned with in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Their numbers began to diminish over the years as veterans answered their last roll call, and the organizations were passed to their sons to keep their memory alive for future generations.
Exhibit opens January 18, 2017 and will be on display through December 31, 2017.
This exhibit will discuss the unfinished issue of equality among the races in the reunited states. The fighting came to an end in the spring of 1865, but the bitterness remained, leaving many in the southern states unable to accept that the Confederacy was gone. Former slaves were now able to hold political office and demand equality under the law as citizens of the United States. The reconstruction of a fractured nation would be a long and difficult road to travel, a journey that continues to this day.
Exhibit opens on June 18, 2016 and will be on display through June 02, 2017
This exhibit will examine the service of black soldiers in the armed forces of the United States from the Revolution to the integration of the services in 1948. The main focus of the exhibit will be the Civil War, Reconstruction and Indian Wars.