Missourians Discover Historic Civil War Roots
Free Interactive Exhibit in Kansas City until July 1st
Few know that Missouri was third in number of battles during the Civil War with 1,162 engagements occurring on the Show-Me State’s soil. To commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and educate Missourians about the important role our state played, the Missouri Humanities Council and the Missouri History Museum have partnered to bring to Kansas City The Civil War in Missouri: A State Divided, a traveling interactive exhibit that shares stories of the war from a Missouri perspective.
Beyond the historical facts, the free exhibit highlights personal perspectives from Missourians to illustrate the complex decisions people had to make while living in a state that had no front line; in Missouri, the war was everywhere. The exhibit provides Missourians a sense of meaning of the past they come from to spark conversation and perspective on where they want to go in the future.
The traveling exhibit is a smaller version of a permanent exhibit under the same name at the Missouri History Museum that opened in St. Louis on November 12, 2011.
The Civil War in Missouri: A State Divided is currently in Kansas City at the Central Library on West Tenth Street until July first. The traveling exhibit will make three more stops in Missouri in 2012, including Kirksville, Joplin and Sedalia, and will continue to travel to other Missouri communities until 2015.