Major Civil War Exhibit Opens This Week at Washington State History Museum

Liberty on the Border Provides Varied Perspectives on War, Features Over 300 Historical Artifacts Including Cannons, Uniforms, Photos, Letters From Lincoln

TACOMA, Wash., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ — A nationally-touring Civil War exhibit, titled Liberty on the Border, opens to the public this Saturday at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. The exhibit, created by the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, examines the concepts of “borders” — physical, cultural and ideological — and how they shifted and changed during the periods before, during and after the war.

The 2,500-square-foot-exhibit will feature more than 300 artifacts and interactive components broken-out into three separate sections including: Liberty Denied, that covers events leading up to the war; Liberty’s Trial, covering the war years; and Liberty’s Legacy, that examines the impact and changes seen in the period since the war ended. Additionally, the museum will incorporate a special section at the end of the exhibit that shows how the issues of liberty, race and borders played out in the formative years of the state of Washington.

Artifacts and images that will be on-display include: cannons used during the war; a hat worn by Ulysses S. Grant; uniforms worn by both union and confederate soldiers; a funeral notice about President Lincoln; and images, artifacts and accounts that help tell the story of slavery including photos and quotes from Frederick Douglas, posted notices from slave owners and actual shackles used to restrain slaves.

The exhibit opens on March 4 and runs through September 10, 2006. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays Noon to 5 p.m. The cost of admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students and military. Children 5 years of age and under are admitted free.

About the Washington State History Museum

The Washington State History Museum, flagship of the Washington Historical Society, is located at 1911 Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma, just off I-5. The museum presents exhibits, programs and events that bring to life the stories of Washington state’s history. More information on the museum can be accessed by calling 1-888-BE-THERE (1-888-238-4373) or by visiting

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