WHAT: Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial touring photography exhibition presented by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and coordinated through the State Library of North Carolina.
The exhibition includes images provided by North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources divisions, including four document images, five images from the North Carolina Museum of History, ten photographs from the State Archives, and five images from Civil War-related State Historic Sites.
WHEN: September 1 through September 28, 2012 during regular library hours.
WHERE: Main Level – Gaston County Public Library
1555 East Garrison Boulevard – Gastonia, North Carolina 28054
COST / FOR: Free exhibition open to all interested adults and students.
PRESENTED BY: Gaston County Public Library
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please call 704-868-2164 / Dial 4 or visit www.gastonlibrary.org.
The Gaston County Public Library has been selected as one of forty-nine public libraries to host the Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial touring photography exhibition presented by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and coordinated through the State Library of North Carolina.
The American Civil War has been called a brother’s war, and nowhere was that more true than in North Carolina. The Civil War claimed more lives than any military engagement undertaken by this country. North Carolina lost at least 35,000 soldiers, more than any other Southern State, and great hardships were suffered by those both at war and left at home.
In observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War (1861-1865), the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (www.ncculture.com) has organized the Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit to travel the state from April 1, 2011 through spring 2013 as part of its commemoration (www.nccivilwar150.com).
Exhibit visitors will see women who served as Confederate spies, well-known Confederate generals, re-enactment images of soldiers and battles, and more. The battlefield, homefront, African Americans, and women all are reflected in the exhibit. A notebook accompanying the exhibit will offer sketches of the generals, of African Americans fleeing bondage, a woman whose home became a hospital, and other glimpses of lives from that turbulent time.
The tour will visit forty-nine public libraries and was organized through the State Library of North Carolina (http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/index.html), a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.
Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory…also will tour at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras and the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort.
In the creation of the exhibit, images were gathered from divisions within the Department of Cultural Resources, including four document images and ten pictures from the State Archives (www.archives.ncdcr.gov), five images from the North Carolina. Museum of History (www.nchistorymuseum.com) and five images from Civil War related North Carolina State Historic Sites (www.nchistoricsites.org).
For information on the statewide exhibition tour, please visit www.nccivilwar150.com, or call 919- 807-7389. The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is the state agency whose mission is to enrich lives and communities and to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.
For more information about the September exhibition at the Gaston County Public Library, please call 704-868-2164 / Dial 4 or visit www.gastonlibrary.org