Monday, April 16, 2012

Iowa and the Civil War: Nothing But Victory



Opens April 14, 2012

Discover the stories of Iowa and those who served during America’s bloodiest conflict when “Iowa and the Civil War: Nothing But Victory” at the State Historical Museum of Iowa.
With more than 300 authentic artifacts and documents, this 10,000 square-foot exhibition recounts the first-hand experiences of Iowans at war and the communities that supported them.
See the historic battle flags Iowa troops carried into battle and the actual weaponry – cannons, guns and swords – they used while fighting in some of the most important events and turning points of the Civil War.

The State Historical Museum of Iowa is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and Noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 515-281-5111 for more information.

EXHIBIT OPENING DAY EVENTS

Saturday, April 14, 2012
State Historical Museum
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., ongoing:

  • Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will interact with guests and visitors.
  • State Senator Dennis Black will be available to sign copies of his book, “Profiles of Valor: Iowa’s Medal of Honor Recipients of the Civil War.”

The Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, is given for distinguished gallantry during hostile action and is presented by the President of the United States in the name of Congress.
2:30 p.m.:

  • Dr. Tom Morain and Dr. William Juhnke of Graceland University will kick off the “Iowa and the Civil War” speaker series at 2:30 p.m. with “Point/Counterpoint: Was the Civil War Necessary?”

During the presentation, Morain and Juhnke take opposing positions to explore several of the contentious issues leading up to the first shots of the Civil War fired on Fort Sumter in 1861. As the United States commemorates the 150th anniversary of the conflict that tore the nation apart, they ask hard questions: Was it really an “irrepressible conflict” or could bolder political proposals have averted the bloodshed that cost 600,000 Americans their lives? What options did Lincoln have as President-elect when South Carolina voted to secede from the Union? Why did each side underestimate their opponents’ determination to fight? Why didn’t the North let the South go its way and avoid the incredible bloodshed? Morain and Juhnke invite the public into the debate as they explore the tense political climate of 1860-61 and demonstrate how historians can disagree without being disagreeable.

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ADDITIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2012
All events take place at the State Historical Museum in Des Moines and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

MAY

Armed Forces Day: Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Members of the 3rd Iowa Calvary will have two horses on-site and interact with visitors

JUNE

Friday, June 15
10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-3 p.m.:
Members of Sons of Union Veterans, Sons of Confederate Veterans will interact with visitors in the Soldiers’ Camp Life area of the exhibition and provide educational cart activities  
12-1 p.m.:
Lunch ‘n’ Learn in Heritage Classroom: “Iowa Freedom Trail” by Doug Jones*

Saturday, June 23
11 a.m.-2 p.m.:
Members of the 7th Iowa Calvary will have two horses on-site and interact with visitors

Friday, June 29
10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-3 p.m.:
Members of Sons of Union Veterans, Sons of Confederate Veterans will interact with visitors in the Soldiers’ Camp Life area of the exhibition and provide educational cart activities 

JULY

Friday, July 13
12-1 p.m.:
Lunch ‘n’ Learn in Heritage Classroom: “Women’s Civil War Clothing” with special guest Laura Poresky*
10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-3 p.m.:
Members of the Sons of Union Veterans Auxiliary will be quilting on porch in Soldier’s Camp life area of the exhibition and engaging visitors with simple hands-on sewing activities

Saturday, July 28
2 p.m.
Speaker Series: “Iowans who Fought in the Confederacy,” with special guest David Connon (Humanities Iowa)*

SEPTEMBER

Saturday, Sept. 29
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Members of the Sons of Union Veterans and Sons of Confederate Veterans will interact with visitors in the Soldiers’ Camp Life area of the exhibition and provide educational cart activities  including a special hands-on program where visitors can make their own Civil War-era cloth ball and doll

OCTOBER

Saturday, Oct. 14
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Members of the Sons of Union Veterans Auxiliary will interact with visitors and provide interactive demonstrations on hard tack and primitive flags in the Atrium
Speaker Series:  “Women’s Civil War Clothing” with special guest Laura Poresky* 


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