This month Saving History Saturday is looking at what’s happening in the world of Civil War museums.
The Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation (SVBF) owns and runs the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum in Winchester, Virginia. SVBF recently received a $150,000 grant from the National Park Service to support a new exhibit, “One Story…A Thousand Voices.” The museum will close on November 1st to begin the renovations and the exhibit will open in April 2023. For more information about SVBF and the museum go to their website.
The Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center is in the historic Lutheran Seminary building in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. They are having their “24 Hours on the Ridge” fundraising event on November 2nd and 3rd. They will remain open for 24 straight hours, providing programming and entertainment the entire time. They are hoping to raise $15,000 through the Adams County Community Foundation Giving Spree to help get through the winter when visitation drops. Learn more here.
The National Civil War Naval Museum in located in Columbus, Georgia. Overlooking the Chattahoochee River, the museum has the largest surviving Confederate warship, the CSS Jackson. In addition, the wreckage of the CSS Chattahoochee, a replica of the USS Hartford, and a full-scale replica of the USS Monitor’s turret are all a part of their collection. Click here to learn more about the museum.
These are just a few of the museums that focus on the civil war. Each month the focus will be on a different aspect of preservation. In the coming months, we will look at preservation organizations, funding opportunities, as well as ongoing and new preservation projects.