Travel back in time to the days before, during and the aftermath of the Civil War. Discovering the Civil War exhibit at Houston’s Museum of natural science takes visitors behind the history. The exhibit is currently available for your exploration at the museum but from February 16-21 (9am-9pm) visitors can view the actual Emancipation Proclamation.
I recently viewed the exhibit and found it both educational and compelling. Seeing the documents and newspaper clippings from the time really made the whole situation feel real, especially the draft letter. One of the many personal stories that stood out to me was that of soldier James Gorman. He was drafted to serve the Union. The problem was that the letter came too late. Gorman had already enlisted his service but was killed months before his family received the draft letter telling a story both sad and ironic.
The exhibit shares stories of slaves escaping to Union lines to serve and care for the sick and wounded. Speaking from the viewpoint of a parent, the children’s section is both helpful to educate young visitors but really for everyone regardless of age. My daughter loved the book corner of the Civil War but I also enjoyed the sampling of uniforms that stood in front of mirrors. It was an affective way to “try” on the uniforms.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience the Civil War through historic documents and the stories of those that lived it. Again, the Emancipation Proclamation, which was issued January 1, 1863, will join the exhibit from February 16-21.
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