11 November 2010

Discovering the Civil War -- NARA

Keeping with a military theme on this Veterans Day, last week The National Archives launched its eighth "Inside the Vaults" video short featuring the curators and designer of the groundbreaking Discovering the Civil War exhibition Part Two - Consequences, which opened yesterday (November 10) and runs through April 17, 2011, in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.

In the National Archives'-produced video short "Discovering the Civil War" the creators of this exhibition share little-known facts and extraordinary discoveries found in the incomparable Civil War holdings at the National Archives. These stories are shared for the first time in this exhibition, the most extensive display ever assembled from these records. The video also features rarely-seen original footage from Civil War reunions in 1917 in Vicksburg, MS, and 1938 in Gettysburg, PA.

There is a companion online preview exhibit – Discovering the Civil War. Especially useful if you won’t be able to see the exhibit in DC or truly want to get a preview of what you will be seeing.

You can also learn more about the exhibition via this NARA Press Release. 

And, the spring edition of Prologue focused on the Civil War. Prologue magazine brings readers stories based on the rich holdings and programs of the National Archives across the nation—from Washington, DC, to the regional archives and the Presidential libraries. You can access its articles  online, in print, or download high-quality issues for your e-reader or iPhone on NARA’s Scribd and Zinio sites.

If you had an ancestor who served in the Civil War, do check out these rich resources from “our” National Archives.

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