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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Grandparents Day at Smyrna Museum Saturday features Civil War exhibit

  • The Duck Creek Historical Society is celebrating Grandparents Weekend with a free event on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Smyrna Museum Complex at 11 S. Main Street in historic, downtown Smyrna.


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  • The Duck Creek Historical Society is celebrating Grandparents Weekend with a free event on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Smyrna Museum Complex at 11 S. Main Street in historic, downtown Smyrna. This is a terrific opportunity to explore the museum’s Civil War exhibit. Refreshments will be served.
    Grandchildren who are accompanied by a grandparent will receive a free Civil War History Coloring Book (while supplies last) with 40 ready-to-color illustrations dramatically and accurately depicting historic moments, social issues and important figures in this epic conflict, including an 1860 slave auction, black leaders Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, the bombardment of Ft. Sumter, Lee's surrender at Appomattox, Lincoln's assassination, and more.
    Duck Creek Historical Society has assembled artifacts, accounts, reproductions and documents to tell the story of the conflict which took place 150 years ago. From its archives, loans and gifts, the collection tells the war’s story with a decidedly local flair.  The greatest single artifact is itself “The Barracks,” home of the museum, which was the site of the Draft Lottery for Delaware’s Union troops on Aug. 14, 15, and 16 in 1863.  Delaware’s Provost Marshall Edwin Wilmer, whose grandparents once owned the home, conducted this drawing on the front porch.
    A portrait of Colonel Wilmer anchors the exhibit of draft notices, commutations, and exemption documents. Military artifacts, reproduction Union Army, Navy as well as Confederate uniforms, letters, newspapers, flags, lithographs and text fill in the narrative.
    ‘Civil War in Smyrna’
    Drawing from “My Memories of the Civil War in Smyrna” by Margaret Roe, a local spin to the story is told. Using her narrative, placements of occupying troops have been located on a period map.
    She describes the work she, her mother and other Smyrna women did to help in the war effort.  Period dresses, a collection of mourning jewelry and hair sculptures and period textiles interpret the more domestic side of the era’s conflict. Fourteen letters by a soldier to his uncle and cousin chronicle life with the troops between 1861 and 1864.
    Prize drawing for Ken Burns’ ‘Civil War’ on DVD
    All visitors will be entered to win a DVD of Ken Burns' Emmy Award-winning documentary brings to life America's most destructive — and defining — conflict. The Civil War is the saga of celebrated generals and ordinary soldiers, a heroic and transcendent president and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one. The 150th anniversary six-disc DVD set includes never-before-seen special features including new interview with Ken Burns, Shelby Foote interview outtakes, and a bonus 16-page collector's booklet featuring a selection of photos and battle details.
    About the Historical Society
    Duck Creek Historical Society is a non profit educational membership organization whose mission is to encourage the preservation and appreciation of local history for persons of all ages. 
    Page 2 of 2 - For more information, visit the Society’s website at http://smyrnamuseum.com.
     
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