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Civil War exhibit bus rolls into Traer

April 19, 2012
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The Fiery Trial: Iowans in the Civil War, the newest "History on the Move" traveling exhibit from the State Historical Society of Iowa, is coming to the Traer Historical Museum.

The exhibit will be in front of the museum, 514 Second St., from Friday through Monday, April 20-23. Hours are: Friday, 9am-7pm; Saturday, 10am-3pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm; Monday, 9am-5pm. Admission is free.

This interactive, 32ft trailer exhibit features a visual timeline of Iowa's participation in the U. S. Civil War, descriptions of the war experiences of Iowans, the impact the war had on Iowa and the role Iowa played in Civil Rights. Visitors may utilize the exhibit's computer program to research Civil War ancestors. Also on display at the museum are the actual records and papers of Captain William Gallagher, 14th Iowa Co G.

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The Fiery Trial exhibit's visit to Traer was made possible through the generous support of Farmers Savings Bank & Trust - Traer, Farmers Mutual Insurance Association, L. L. Owens & Associates, State Farm Insurance and Tama County Mutual Insurance Association.

The Traer Historical Museum will also help bring Civil War history alive on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, at the museum and the Kupka Cultural Center in the Traer Library. Admission to this event is also free. The Cedar Valley Civil War Roundtable will be presenting the following:

Friday, April 20, from 9:00am-11:55am and repeated from 12:05pm-3:00pm,

A conversation with Robert Lincoln, President Abraham Lincoln's son, and Joseph Davis, Jefferson Davis' nephew,

Featured speakers: General Robert E. Lee and General Ulysses S. Grant,

Presentations and displays of Civil War artillery and infantry items,

Guest speaker: Annie Wittenmyer, Iowa social reformer and relief worker, one of America's foremost women reformers, discussing overseeing the needs of soldiers, as portrayed by Jo Porter,

Displays of Union and Confederate flags,

Presentation on the Battle of Gettysburg.

Saturday, April 21, from 10am-12pm,

History of the Wolf Creek Rangers, Don Stansbery portraying B. F. Thomas, Wolf Creek Ranger and author of "Soldier Life,"

Cavalry equipment display,

Guest speaker: Annie Wittenmyer, Iowa social reformer and relief worker, one of America's foremost women reformers, discussing overseeing the needs of soldiers, as portrayed by Jo Porter,

Saturday, April 21, from 1pm-3pm,

Cavalry equipment display,

Special guest: Kenneth Lyftogt, author of "Iowa Heroes of the Civil War" and University of Northern Iowa professor of history.

Visit the Traer Historical Museum on facebook for complete event details.

The annual meeting of the Traer Historical Museum will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 7:00pm, at the museum. The meeting's program will include a Powerpoint presentation tour of the museum. Everyone is invited to attend and hear what the museum achieved during the last year and what is being planned for the year ahead.

If you're interested in preserving the history of Traer and Northern Tama County, the museum is always looking for volunteers and for suggestions for exhibits, programs and events. Attend the annual meeting and share your ideas. Refreshments will be served.

 
 

 

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