Saving History Saturday: Museum Updates

This month we are going to look at a couple of museum projects as they get ready for grand openings and re-openings.

The new Adams County Historical Society (ACHS) facility is set to open on April 15th. The Beyond the Battle Museum tells the story of Gettysburg before, during, and after the Civil War. The facility also features the Dr. Charles H. Glatfelter Research Room and Archives. With over 5,000 square feet of historic materials. You can book a research appointment here.

ACHS’s new facility will be open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Tuesday and Wednesday to pre-booked groups located at 625 Biglerville Road, north of downtown Gettysburg. More information can be found at their website.

Last year the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (SVBF) acquired the New Market Battlefield Military Museum, adjacent to the New Market Battlefield State Park. The museum hosts a large collection of authentic military memorabilia dating back to the 1750’s. The museum opens for the season in mid-April and will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Located at 9500 George R. Collins Parkway in New Market. Information can be found here.

Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum photo: SVBF

SBVF has also been doing major renovations to the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum in Winchester. Locate in the historic Frederick County Courthouse, built in 1840, it includes a preserved 1840’s courtroom, graffiti wall, and over 3,000 Civil War artifacts. Located at 20 N. Loudon St, in the Old Town Walking Mall, in Winchester. More information, including about when they will reopen, can be found here.

These are just a couple of the great Civil War, and local history museums out there. Many local museums have exhibits, and archives, related to the Civil War, take the opportunity to visit and learn more when you can.

In the coming months, we will continue to look at all aspects of preservation, saving and telling the story of Civil War history.

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