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Exhibit explores complex context of war

Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

The Virginia Historical Society’s traveling exhibition “An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia” will be at Historic Christ Church through July 28.
“An American Turning Point” is a 1,000-square-foot traveling panel exhibition comprised of images and interpretive text. This free exhibition explores the people and communities of Virginia affected by the greatest turmoil to happen on American soil.  It is divided into ten themes that focus on various aspects of the war. The exhibition asks visitors questions that may challenge conventional wisdom about the Civil War, such as “Why did the Civil War Happen?”, “The First Modern War?”, “Who Freed the Slaves?”, and “Did the Civil War End at Appomattox?”  Made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, “An American Turning Point” will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. through July 28.
“We don’t expect that ‘An American Turning Point’ will answer every question or resolve lingering debates that continue even after the passage of 150 years,” says Andrew Talkov, Exhibition Coordinator at the Virginia Historical Society. “We do hope, however, that visitors—particularly those who arrive with little or no interest in the subject—leave the exhibition with a desire to learn more about the Commonwealth’s rich history and its role in our nation’s past, present, and future.”
Civil War Family Day is co-sponsored by the Foundation for Historic Christ Church, the Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library and the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society with support from Connemara Corporation of White Stone. For more details visit www.christchurch1735.org or call 438-6855.