In March 2012, the Peninsula Valley Historic & Education Foundation hosted the Ohio Historical Society’s new traveling exhibit, Ohio & the Civil War: 150 Years Later in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Over 400 people from Northeast Ohio and as far away as the Ukraine visited the exhibit during the 3 weeks it was open to the public.
The Ohio Historical Society, in partnership with the Ohio Humanities Council and American Electric Power, sponsored development of Ohio & the Civil War: 150 Years Later, a special panel exhibit produced for the 150th commemoration of the Civil War.
The traveling exhibit explores Ohio’s participation in the war and focuses especially on individuals’ choices that impacted local communities and the course of the war. Three themes – Democracy, Transformations and Memory – are used to reveal Civil War stories that impacted Ohio in the 19th century to the present day. Through the lens of these themes, the exhibit explores topics such as civil rights, political dissent, pacifism, religion and popular culture and reveals patterns in our country’s response to such topics throughout history.