Southern Museum to Host Virginia’s Civil War HistoryMobile
The Southern Museum will host Virginia’s Civil War 150 HistoryMobile for a one-day visit on June 26 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit, an initiative of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, will be located at Depot Park across the street from the museum and admission is free.
The HistoryMobile exhibit will be followed at 7 pm by a lecture given by Michael Shaffer from The Civil War Center of Kennesaw State University. The Southern Museum will offer free admission during special late hours, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy Shaffer’s lecture discussing the ‘Atlanta Campaign and the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain’ and then view the museum’s new temporary exhibit ‘1864’ which commemorates the 150th anniversary.
A tractor-trailer 'museum on wheels’ that is filled with interactive exhibits and activities, the HistoryMobile uses immersive spaces and interactive exhibits to draw together stories of the Civil War and emancipation from the viewpoints of those who experienced it across Virginia — young and old, enslaved and free, soldier and civilian. The HistoryMobile crosses the state visiting museums, schools, and special events. Its tour began in July 2011, and since then it has made over 120 stops and attracted visitors from every state and a number of other countries.
The HistoryMobile was named a 2013 Leadership in History Award of Merit winner by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history. The Award of Merit is one of the nation’s most prestigious recognitions of achievement in state and local history.
More information on the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile and the initiatives of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission can be found at www.VirginiaCivilWar.org.