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Virginia Civil War 150 HistoryMobile
Saturday, June 29, 2013 to Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Time: 10am - 6pm
History is on the move as the Virginia Civil War 150 HistoryMobile rolls into Gettysburg for a 5-day visit from Saturday, June 29 - Wednesday, July 3 as part of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The exhibit, an initiative of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, will be located at the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum and will be open daily from 10 AM - 6 PM. Admission to the HistoryMobile is free.
The expandable 53-foot tractor-trailer uses immersive spaces and interactive exhibits to draw together stories of the Civil War and Emancipation from the viewpoints of those who experienced it—young and old, enslaved and free, soldiers and civilians.
Visitors will encounter history in ways they may have never experienced before. The HistoryMobile exhibit is divided into four sections: Battlefront, Homefront, Journey to Freedom, and Loss-Gain-Legacy. From the bewildering sense of chaos experienced by soldiers, to the last letter written by a dying son to his father after sustaining a mortal wound, to a hushed conversation between a husband and wife considering the great risks and rewards of fleeing to freedom, the HistoryMobile presents the stories of real people whose lives were shaped by the historic events of the 1860s, and invites visitors to imagine, “What Would You Do?”
The HistoryMobile represents an extraordinary cooperative partnership among public agencies and private/nonprofit organizations. Working with the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission to manage the tour are the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. HistoryMobile exhibits were designed in partnership with the Commission, Virginia Historical Society, and the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Military Park.
The new Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum opens July 1, 2013, and will feature 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibit galleries and educational programming to interpret three major areas of emphasis—none of which are the focus of any other museum in Gettysburg: the pivotal first day of the Battle of Gettysburg on Seminary Ridge, the care of the wounded (the museum building was used as a field hospital) and the moral, civic, and spiritual debates of the Civil War era. A one-mile outdoor trail will complement a museum visit with wayside markers. Special exhibits, programs and events will be offered throughout the year. The Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum is a joint venture of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, the Adams County Historical Society, and the Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation.
More information the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile and the initiatives of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission can be found at www.VirginiaCivilWar.org. For more information on Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum, visit www.seminaryridgemuseum.org.