September 18, 2014

Museum hosts successful Civil War Expo

This quilt made  by Tressa Stone, Spring Hill. Each block of the quilt represents a facet of life for slaves. Staff photo by Joan Dorsey

This quilt made by Tressa Stone, Spring Hill. Each block of the quilt represents a facet of life for slaves. Staff photo by Joan Dorsey

Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
The “Civil War Expo”, presented at the Gardner Historical Museum on Saturday, was a huge success, according to museum staff.
Shera Herman, Expo planning committee member said, “We are very pleased and thrilled with this amazing turnout today. We were blessed with great weather and the crowd has been fantastic”.
The museum event was held in conjunction with Gardner’s Festival on the Trails.
Along with featured historical re-enactors, there were musicians performing Civil War era songs, artifact presenters, craft artisans, vendors, and local and regional authors. Event participants were dressed in Civil War era clothing and greeted visitors coming to the event on a pioneer wagon provided by the Festival on the Trails committee.

The Confederate flag was  on display above other Confedeate memorabilia at the Civil War Expo held at the Gardner Museum over the weekend. Staff photo by Joan Dorsey

The Confederate flag was on display above other Confederate memorabilia at the Civil War Expo held at the Gardner Museum over the weekend. Staff photo by Joan Dorsey

A Civil War campground was laid out, with both Union and Confederate soldiers and tents represented. Visitors were also treated to cannon loading and musket firing demonstrations. There was also a Civil War exhibit inside the museum, which is presently running through June 18.
Visitors got to mingle through the grounds of the museum and talk with local historians and learn more about the Civil War, deemed America’s most tragic conflict.
Herman commented that the Civil War Expo event will be held again next year.
“We are excited to present this event again, and make it even bigger and better next year,” she said.
For any questions about the Civil War exhibit, currently running, please contact the museum at (913)856-4447.

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