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Tazewell, VA—Crab Orchard Museum shines a light on Civil War history with “Beyond the Battlefield: Camp Life, Home Life & the Aftermath of Civil War,” a new exhibit opening with a reception on Thursday, April 3rd, 3:00 -6:00 p.m.  “Actually, there will be 50 Points of Light shining,” says Charlotte Whitted, Executive Director, “as we have replaced our antiquated lighting with a new LED system.”
The exhibit, sponsored by the Ratcliffe Foundation and mounted by Ratcliffe Curator Elisabeth Hemsworth, commemorates the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War in our area, with artifacts from the museum’s collection as well as loaned items from private owners as well as the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.  Noteworthy items include a field desk, medical instruments and folding examination chair, a slave-made ink pen with ink well found hidden behind a chimney brick at the Towne House in Chilhowie, and an ivory diary.  Visitors will be able to play games soldiers played to pass the time between military engagements and kids played at home during the war, such as marbles, alphabet dice, wooden puzzles, and Jacob’s Ladders. Visitors may also take a photo in the lobby behind the cut-out of Molly Tynes, who rode to Wytheville through Burke’s Garden to warn of the arrival of the Union Army.
The exhibit will enhance the upcoming Skirmish at Jeffersonville Civil War Reenactment, set for May 16-18th. “We moved the reenactment to May this year because of the conflict with Easter, but we have many reenactors already registered, so we hope the public will be ready to visit, especially in what we hope will be warmer weather.”  Another Civil War-related offering at Crab Orchard Museum will be the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile, a sesquicentennial traveling exhibition that will arrive for the Independence Day Celebration over July 4th.
The museum is also dedicating the new lighting system in the Lucie Greever Gallery with the launch of the 50 Points of Light Campaign.  Donors to the campaign with gifts of $500 may name a “Point of Light” honoree for the perpetual plaque. “Some donors have named living relatives to honor, and some have chosen individuals who have passed on but inspired them with a love for history. Some donors have their own names on the plaque too. We are honored to include all who are interested in helping the museum.” The move to LED lighting was a priority for three active museum supporters and sisters, Cindy Greever Nicholson, Nancy Greever Brooks and Eleanor Greever Lewis. They recognized the long-term benefits of removing damaging ultraviolet rays from the displayed artifacts and improving the lighting to enhance the visitor experience. The campaign will continue and names will be added until all 50 lights are sponsored.
The “Beyond the Battlefield” Reception and 50 Points of Light Dedication will be held on Thursday, April 3rd, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. with live period entertainment by the Tower Street String band at 3:00p.m. and Mark Tyson at 4:30 p.m. “Molly Tynes,” as interpreted by Jennifer Bohannan, will offer a presentation at 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend.
For more information or to participate in the 50 Points of Light Campaign, please contact the museum at 276-988-6755 or info@craborchardmuseum.com.
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