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G.A.R. Exhibit Feature of Slifer House Museum Opening

Mar 25, 2015 10:27AM ● Published by Erica Shames

Slifer House Museum will host its season opening reception featuring a special Civil War exhibit from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at 80 Magnolia Drive on the campus of RiverWoods Senior Living Community.

The Civil War exhibit will display memorabilia from the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), curated by local historian and reenactor David Howell of Danville. The G.A.R. was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army, Union Navy, Marines and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War for the Northern/Federal forces. The organization was founded in 1866 in Decatur, Illinois, and grew to include hundreds of posts across the nation, linking men through their experience of the war.

Slifer House Museum’s exhibit room will be transformed into a G.A.R. hall, hosting a variety of different medals, insignias, photos and ribbons from the posts, departments and national levels of the organization. Other Civil War memorabilia will be on display including soldiers’ uniforms and items from the museum’s collection. Lewisburg had a G.A.R. post, and a local soldier’s certificate from that post will be displayed in the exhibit.

The exhibit will be accompanied by a 2 p.m. talk about the exhibition, presented by Howell. Refreshments typical of the Victorian era will be served. Regular admission fees will be charged at the door. Guided tours will be provided at 1 and 2:45 p.m.

Following the opening reception, the museum will resume its schedule for guided tours at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Visit sliferhouse.org or call 524-2245 for more info.

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