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Exhibit depicts Pa.’s role in the Civil War

Published: Tue, March 5, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


As part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh has developed a traveling exhibit, “The Civil War in Pennsylvania.”

The exhibit highlights the critical role the state played in the Civil War, providing industrial might, agricultural bounty and natural resources. The 500-square-foot exhibit will be on display at the Lawrence County Historical Society’s Joseph A. Clavelli History Center, 408 N. Jefferson St., for three weeks, starting March 12. It will feature several life-size historic figures, including Martin Delany, the highest-ranking African-American; and Dog Jack, a mixed bulldog who went with firefighters when they enlisted in the 102nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment.

Women involved in the war also will be represented in the exhibit, which includes modular panels describing Pennsylvania’s contributions.

In addition to the figures, the exhibit also will feature artifacts that illustrate Pennsylvania’s role on the battlefield and the home front. These include a Civil War-era cannonball cut in half to show its cross-section, along with an Enfield rifle. Civil War paper cartridges and a collection of Minie balls, similar to what was created at the Allegheny Arsenal, also will be on display.

Curriculum materials and other hands-on educational objects will be available for children to explore, as well as documents and artifacts from the Historical Society’s own collection. The society’s second-floor Civil War room exhibit also will be on display.

The exhibit will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through March 30, from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Local historians will give short presentations on Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Admission is $5 (free for those under 18). For information, call 724-658-4022, or go to lawrencechs.com.

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