CRRL Hosts Civil War 150 Exhibition

CRRL Hosts Civil War 150 Exhibition

The Central Rappahannock Regional Library will host Civil War 150, a national traveling exhibition, on display at the library headquarters, 1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, from Tuesday, November 27 to Sunday, December 16.

The library is inviting the public to an opening reception, Friday, November 30,  at 5:30. National Park Service Chief Historian John Hennessy will briefly address the themes of the exhibit.

As part of the area’s ongoing commemoration of the war’s sesquicentennial, the library invites the community to view this major exhibit that explores “the war and its meaning through the words of those who lived it," to experience the battle through the eyes of major political figures, soldiers, families, and freedmen. Through reproductions of documents, photographs, and posters, the exhibition invites visitors to learn about events that took place during the war. 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.

 Civil War 150 is divided into five panels tracing major events during the Civil War: The Nation Divides; 1861: The Union is Dissolved; This Cruel War; 1863: Turning Points; and The Price of Victory (1864–1865).   

The library is sponsoring events for the public in connection with the exhibition, developing collections, and publishing online content ( in response to interest in the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

The exhibit's planners developed these free-to-use Civil War Readers with an eye to increasing public knowledge of the Civil War, and they are extremely helpful for book discussion groups and others who wish to learn more about this crucial period of American history. 

1.     Secession and Union

2.     Reckoning with the War

3.     The Experience of Battle

4.     From Slavery to Freedom

Here are some additional resources that may supplement the Civil War Readers or be used on their own:

Suggested Readings

Suggested Viewing

Web Resources

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The CRRL is one of fifty sites nationwide selected to host the Civil War 150 exhibition. “We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said Library Director Donna Cote. “Though the Civil War took place one hundred and fifty years ago, people today can still identify with the thoughts and fears of ordinary citizens and soldiers, many of which reflect a humanity that is forever consistent. We hope that this will help visitors better understand the human and political costs of war.”

Developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America, this exhibition was made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibition is part of Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Lived It, a major three-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The project is centered on the four-volume Library of America series, The Civil War Told by Those Who Lived It.