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Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Va. museum hosts Civil War exhibit

By Associated Press

The Virginia Historical Society is preparing a major exhibit on the Civil War, featuring more than 200 objects and 17 audiovisual programs.

Called "An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia," the exhibit opens in February and runs through December.

The Richmond museum says the exhibit is intended to promote an understanding of the wartime experiences of Virginians and those who served during the war.

Visitors will learn the stories of an escaped slave who joined the crew of the ironclad USS Monitor, a Petersburg businessman who fled war-torn Virginia with his family and a teenage Confederate private.

The society is partnering with the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

If you're interested, read ongoing special coverage of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War by The Washington Post.

By Associated Press  | January 12, 2011; 11:35 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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