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An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia

From 1861 through 1865 Virginia stood at the center of a military and social revolution. How we define freedom, liberty, patriotism, and nation today is directly related to the diverse experiences of the individuals who participated in the war. This exhibition encourages visitors to consider how a single event, separated from us by 150 years, so fundamentally reshaped American society that its impact is still experienced today. What was gained by the Civil War, what was lost, and what is left for us to resolve?

THE GALLERY EXHIBITION

An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia consists of two 1,500 square-foot gallery traveling exhibitions—Waging War and Surviving War—that together feature over 200 objects and 17 state-of-the-art audiovisual programs. The exhibition can be viewed at the following venues:

 

Surviving War

Institution

Opens

Closes

Virginia Historical Society

February 4, 2011

December 31, 2011

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

February 11, 2012

June 10, 2012

Lynchburg Museum

July 21, 2012

November 18, 2012

Hampton History Museum

December 29, 2012

April 28, 2013

History Museum of Western Virginia

June 8, 2013

June 1, 2014

William King Regional Arts Center

August 2, 2014

February 1, 2015

Museum of the Confederacy: Appomattox

March 14, 2015

September 13, 2015

Waging War

Institution

Opens

Closes

Virginia Historical Society

February 4, 2011

December 31, 2011

Hampton History Museum

February 25, 2012

June 24, 2012

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

August 4, 2012

December 2, 2012

Lynchburg Museum

January 12, 2013

May 5, 2013

History Museum of Western Virginia

June 8, 2013

June 1, 2014

William King Regional Arts Center

August 2, 2014

February 1, 2015

Museum of the Confederacy: Appomattox

March 14, 2015

September 13, 2015

 

THE PANEL EXHIBITION

An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia is a small traveling panel exhibit for display at libraries, community centers, museums, and historic sites. Comprised of images, interpretive text, and a companion website designed for use on mobile devices, this exhibition circulates nationwide. The exhibit can be viewed at the following venues:

Institution

Opens

Closes

Historic Smithfield Plantation
1000 Smithfield Plantation Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060

May 16, 2011

May 30, 2011

Civil War Interpretive Center at Histroric Blenheim
3610 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030

May 23, 2011

June 30, 2011

Manassas Museum
9101 Prince William Street
Manassas, VA 20110-5615

July 16, 2011

September 4, 2011

Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society
69 Market Street
Onancock, VA 23417

July 31, 2011

September 4, 2011

Christiansburg Library
125 Sheltman Street
Christiansburg, VA 24073

September 10, 2011

September 24, 2011

Warrenton-Fauquier County Visitor Center
33 North Calhoun Street
Warrenton, VA 20186

September 19, 2011

October 3, 2011

Handley Library
100 W. Piccadilly Street
Winchester, VA 22601

October 3, 2011

October 17, 2011

Franklin County Government Center
1235 Franklin Street
Rocky Mount, VA 24151

October 17, 2011

October 31, 2011

The Heritage Museum
382 High Street
Dayton, VA 22821

January 2, 2012

January 16, 2012

Washington County Public Library
205 Oak Hill Street
Abingdon, VA 24210

March 18, 2012

March 31, 2012

James City County Library
7770 Croaker Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

April 15, 2012

May 6, 2012

The Colonial Center
220 South Mecklenburg Avenue
South Hill, VA 23970

May 1, 2012

May 15, 2012

Tabb Public Library
222 Ballard Street
Yorktown, VA 23690

May 10, 2012

May 28, 2012

Massanutten Regional Library
174 South Main
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

August 27, 2012

September 11, 2012

Chesapeake Public Library – Central Branch
298 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

September 14, 2012

September 28, 2012

Russell County Public Library
248 West Main Street
Lebanon, VA 24266

October 1, 2012

October 15, 2012

Hanover Tavern Foundation
13181 Hanover Courthouse Road
Hanover, VA 23069

October 20, 2012

November 17, 2012

Sunlight Elks Lodge
1505 High Avenue
Hopewell, VA 23860

February 22, 2013

February 25, 2013

Appomattox Regional Library
209 East Cawson Street
Hopewell, VA 23860

February 26, 2013

April 12, 2013

Mathews Memorial Library
251 Main Street
Mathews, VA 23109

May 6, 2013

May 20, 2013

Aldie Heritage Association
Aldie Methodist Church
39325 John Mosby Highway
Aldie, VA 20105

June 14, 2013

June 28, 2013

Fredericksburg Area Museum
907 Princess Anne Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

July 1, 2013

December 8, 2013

South Boston - Halifax County Museum
1540 Wilborn Avenue
South Boston, VA 24592

October 6, 2013

October 20, 2013

City of Petersburg Museums
15 West Bank Street
Petersburg, VA 23803

January 6, 2014

January 20, 2014

Isle of Wight County Museum
103 Main Street
Smithfield, VA 23430

January 21, 2014

February 4, 2014

Petersburg Public Library
201 W. Washington Street
Petersburg, VA  23803

March 10, 2014  March 24, 2014

Grand Caverns Park                
5 Grand Caverns Drive           
Grottoes, VA 24441   

May 24, 2014   June 07, 2014  

 

HOW TO APPLY

Complete application form [PDF - link opens new window]

All applications from Virginia-based institutions require the signature of a representative from your local Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee.
View a list of committee representatives

Applications should be submitted to:

Andrew H. Talkov
Exhibition Coordinator
Virginia Historical Society
P.O. Box 7311
Richmond, Virginia 23221-0311
Tel: (804) 340-2276
Email: atalkov@vahistorical.org

REQUIRED SPACE

100 running feet. This exhibit can be configured in a variety of ways to fit available space. The venue must have climate controlled storage for shipping containers.

EXHIBIT CONTENTS

Pull-Up Introduction/Conclusion Banner
80-inches high x 36-inches wide.
Single-sided
Quantity: 1

  [PDF - 455 KB - link opens new window]

Pull-Up Section Text Banners
80-inches high x 33.5-inches wide.
Single-sided
Quantity: 10

  [PDF - 1.08 MB - link opens new window]

Sloped Fabric Banners
95.5-inches high x 127-inches wide.
Double-sided
Quantity: 5

  [PDF - 872 KB - link opens new window]

Panel Exhibition Flyer - Photoshop (Sample)

  • Please contact atalkov@vahistorical.org if interested in a sample panel exhibition flyer or panel exhibition press release
MOBILE WEBSITE

An American Turning Point features a companion website designed specifically for use on mobile devices. Accessible through a URL or QR-Code, the website includes videos, 360-degree renderings of original objects, and additional content.

SECURITY

Exhibitions may be displayed in a gallery or other open areas. A staff member or guard must be available to periodically monitor the exhibit.

LOAN PERIOD

Available beginning March 1, 2011. The exhibit is scheduled in two week display periods.

LOAN FEE

The host venue is responsible for one way inbound shipping cost using the approved carrier. Based on the number, weight, and size of the shipping containers, we suggest that venues budget approximately $500. The exhibit is provided to partner sites by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, the Virginia Historical Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities without an additional rental fee

 

An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia is a signature program
of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission.

Virginia Historical Society National Endowment for the Humanities

 

Additional support is provided by:
The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, The Cecil R. and Edna S. Hopkins Family Foundation, The Roller-Bottimore Foundation, The Richard and Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust, The Garland and Agnes Taylor Gray Foundation, a supporting organization of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Norfolk Southern Foundation, The W. E. Betts, Jr. Memorial Fund, established by the William Davis Family, the Earle Betts Family, and the James Wall Family, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources