Away From Home: Civil War Letters

Away From Home: Civil War Letters

June 23 - October 28, 2012



This exhibit invites visitors on an emotional journey into the lives of American Civil War soldiers and the families they left behind. Experience the glory and tragedy of the Civil War through letters of those who were there. Sixteen distinct sections taking the visitor on a journey through the Civil War. Minnetrista Theatre Preserves will perform One Destiny, a New York play previously exclusively performed by Ford’s Theatre and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Visitors will experience the Civil War by reading and listening to personal letters. Each section in the exhibit provides background information to place the letters in context of the Civil War and to help the visitor understand the conditions (physical and emotional) under which letters would have been written, received, read, and cherished.

Supporting Programs

With Love, From Home

Explore the civil war through the eyes of the troops left behind to guard the home front…the families.  Developed from historical correspondence between a soldier and his wife, explore what it meant to continue living at home in a nation torn apart by war.  Join the wife of a civil war soldier in this 20 minute theatre performance as she explores what it means to write a letter to an unknown destination and to merely hope that he is still alive in time to receive the letter.

Thursdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m.,  & 2:30 p.m.

Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m.,  & 2:30 p.m.

Sundays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m.,  & 2:30 p.m.


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