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American Civil War fans add new life to their decors: Gettysburg museum auction

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Enthusiasts of the American Civil War discovered a way to share their abodes with the likes of their war heroes and Civil War era furnishings. According to a comment on the Gettysburg Heritage Center Facebook page, on Saturday, March 15, aficionados of the famed war were given a chance to cast winning bids on life-sized wax replicas of historical Civil War figures and scenery put up for auction by the American Civil War Museum.

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American Civil War inspired props and life sized figurines now decorate new homes.

The American Civil War Wax Museum planned to auction off the items to clear the way for its rebirth as the Gettysburg Heritage Center. The comment on the Heritage Facebook page reported “The auction went very well”. It went on to state that the likeness of General Robert E. Lee found a new home with a devotee of the American Civil War willing to spend $1200 to bring home a new house mate. Replicas of common people were sold for $175 to $800.

As noted on the existing museum website, the wax figurines along with scenery, antique furniture, lights, art and additional props placed on the auction block came from the museum’s vignettes on display for the past 52 years. Renovations are said to begin immediately with a reopening of the refurbished museum to hopefully take place in June of this year. The Heritage Center’s Facebook page notes that it aims to not only concentrate on the battle but will also showcase the entire heritage pertaining to the town of Gettysburg, including before and after the war as well as the battle itself.

Inserting historical touches into one’s décor can open up a dialog of excitement inciting new interest into American history. Auctions, such as the one that took place at the American Civil War Museum, create the perfect opportunities to allow people to bid on a chance to win their own piece of historical significance to place within their décor.

Be a part of history; share a waltz and never be afraid to dance.

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