Come enjoy the interactive display “A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri” at the William S. Harney Mansion in Sullivan, Missouri, August 30 through October 26. All events this weekend are free.
“On Saturday, August 30 starting at 10 a.m. we want to invite our surrounding and local communities to come and enjoy the day’s events,” stated Debbie Depew, Chairperson for this exhibit. “There will also be displays of local stories of Franklin County during the war and of Price's Raid through the area one hundred fifty years ago in 1864, as well as vintage clothing and quilts. We are very excited to have the Turner brigade encampment reenacting the everyday life of Union soldiers as well as Melinda Twyman a local resident who will be sharing her collection of cast iron and campfire cooking.”
Mountain Man Tom Hood will also display mid-nineteenth century weaponry and artifacts. Mike Watson, sutler, will have civil war ammunition on display as well as give demonstrations on making hand-rolled, tied cartridges as used during the civil war.
Steve Laubinger will share his vintage tools and implements and at noon Kathy Summers and Windy Ridge Bluegrass band will perform. Along with the exhibit Sue Blesi has created some great story boards depicting the Civil War in Franklin County.
Learn about the different facets of the war through displays; “A Soldier’s Life,” “Slavery in Missouri,” “Divided Loyalties” and “A war of No Quarter,” with its own interactive media unit. See what every day military life was like between the battles, the face of slavery in Missouri, and the impact of divided loyalties within a family and also the destructiveness of plundering Confederate “Bushwackers.”
This exhibit is made possible by a partnership between the Missouri History Museum and the Missouri Humanities Council. It is sponsored by the Bank of Sullivan, Harney Mansion Foundation, Sullivan Area Arts Council, the Sullivan Independent News, and the Missouri Arts Council.