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The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

This year is the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, which began at Bull Run in Manassas, Virginia early on the morning of July 21, 1861.

The Smithsonian is honoring the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in numerous ways, some of them listed here:

Our official Civil War 150th web experience is located here and includes several online exhibitions, educational resources, and links to podcasts, events, blogs, and more.

We’ve also honored the occasion with a special Smithsonian Book – The Civil War – A Visual History.

We’re partnering with the Chautauqua Institution to bring you a week of Civil War programming with leading Civil War scholars at the historic campus in western New York State.

On our Journey through Hallowed Ground, follow the Civil War from Charlottesville to Gettysburg with Civil War expert Study Leader A. Wilson Greene, Executive Director of the National Museum of the Civil War Solider.

Join us next June for an exclusive tour of Civil War sites here in the Washington, DC, area on War Comes to Washington – 1862, where you’ll also discover the unique role the Smithsonian played during the War.

On a lighter note, vote for your favorite display of Civil War facial hair and learn more about the historic contestants in our contest.

Book of the Week – The Civil War, A Visual History

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Civil War Visual History BookOur book partner, Longitude books is always searching for new books to inspire and inform your travels.

This week’s recommendation is The Civil War, A Visual History, edited by Jemi Dunne.

Published to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, this enticing illustrated survey draws on the unparalleled collections of the Smithsonian Institution, giving insight into 1860s America, battles and troops on both side of the divide. This book is a definitive visual history and includes detailed timelines, revealing first-person accounts, and discussion of other topics, including medical treatment, transportation, and the economy.

To honor the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Smithsonian Journeys has created  several tours that enable you to experience this defining moment in American history in a unique, immersive way.

Please don’t forget to click here to see all the Smithsonian is doing to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.