Civil War 150 Exhibit

September 2013, the Beaufort County Library brings you the traveling exhibit, Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Lived It. It is a national traveling panel exhibition organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America. The project has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Created to commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial, our Library was selected as one of only 50 sites to host the exhibit during the 150th anniversary period. Explore the bloodiest war in United States history through the eyes of major political figures, soldiers, families, and freedmen. By virtue of letters, personal accounts, and images, learn how people grappled with the end of slavery, the nature of democracy and citizenship, the human toll of civil war, and the role of a president in wartime.

The exhibit will be available for viewing Mondays through Fridays, 10:00am until 5:00pm, beginning Monday, September 9th through Monday, September 30th, with evening hours, 5:00-7:30 pm on the following evenings: September 12th, 19th, and 24th. The exhibit is free.

Civil War 150 Resources

Saturday, September 14th at 2:00pm
Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street Beaufort, SC
Join us for an opening Reception of the “Civil War 150” Exhibit with Historian Stephen R. Wise, PhD, Director of the Parris Island Museum and the Cultural Resource Manager for the MCRD, and a recognized authority on the Civil War. His presentation will provide an overview of the distinctly different course of the Civil War as experienced here and its profound impacts on subsequent Beaufort District history. Free.