"The exhibit is really perfect for our area because it covers the Civil War from the perspective of the border states," said
The museum has added student programming to its summer events, she said, but they wanted to make sure to offer programming for adults and to involve local and regional historians as well.
"We have a wealth of people in this region that have made the study of the Civil War their life's work and (the museum) wanted to bring some of those people in to share with the community," Olson said.
Visitors can make Civil War silhouettes from
Those who are interested in genealogy can trace their Civil War ancestors from
Regional historian and author
Programs like these make local history "more personal," said Olson.
"It brings the community to life," she said.
Any time you can present history with names and faces, it becomes more real, Olson said.
"Now we're telling a family story and a community story, not just a national story," she said. "It brings history to life and helps people understand their community a little bit better."
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