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Museum programs highlight Civil War history

June 26, 2014

By Stephanie Salmons, Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.

June 26--With the "Liberty on the Border" Civil War exhibit currently on display at the Owensboro Museum of Science and History, the museum will help bring that history to life with programming for children and adults throughout the summer.

"The exhibit is really perfect for our area because it covers the Civil War from the perspective of the border states," said Kathy Olson, the museum's CEO.

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 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday or join Kevin Bruner as he leads a coin collecting for kids program, also from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Those who are interested in genealogy can trace their Civil War ancestors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with the help of Leslie McCarty from the Daviess County Public Library's Kentucky Room.

Regional historian and author Glenn Hodges will discuss the effects of the Civil War in Daviess County in the summer of 1864, focusing on the Civil War as seen through the eyes of opposing Owensboro newspaper editors of the day, during a presentation from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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."

Stephanie Salmons, 270-691-7302,, Twitter: @StephReports


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