Exhibits, Publications & More

Lines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration Poems and Photographs, Past and Present

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Lines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration: Poems and Photographs, Past and Present is a thought-provoking collection of poems and photographs exploring the Civil War and its enduring impact on American culture. The book, edited by David C. Ward, a historian from the National Portrait Gallery and Frank H. Goodyear III, former curator of photographs from the National Portrait Gallery, features both modern and period poems and photographs to create a powerful conversation between past and present.

Lines in Long Array features works from Pulitzer Prize-winners, whose modern voices interact with the 19th-century literary voices who witnessed the Civil War. Together, all of these voices cover a vast range of Civil War experience, from the slave and immigrant experience to the highest reaches of the political spectrum. Many poems also explore the eternal problem of race in America and offer new interpretations of the African American experience. The themes in the poems are reinforced by modern photographs from Sally Mann and period photographs from Alexander Gardner.

Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection

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In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Smithsonian showcases the treasures of its Civil War Collections, some of which have never before been seen in public, and 49 experts tell the stories behind the Smithsonian’s most fascinating and significant pieces.

From among tens of thousands of Civil War objects in the Smithsonian's collections, curators handpicked 550 items from 12 Smithsonian museums and research centers that reflect the full range of this devastating conflict from before the war through the Reconstruction period. Using these one-of-a-kind, handpicked items, the curators illuminate the full scope of the political, military, social, and cultural climate of the era. The objects range from military uniforms and weaponry to recruiting posters, portraits, maps, medical kits, jewelry, letters home, and currency.

Smithsonian Civil War was edited by Neil Kagan, with an introduction by Michelle Delaney, Director of the Consortium for Understanding the American Experience, and foreword by Jon Meacham. Photography was done by Hugh Talman.

One Nation With News for All

On May 16, 2014, the Newseum opened One Nation With News for All, a new exhibit that tells the dramatic story of how immigrants and minorities used the power of the press to fight for their rights and shape the American experience. News for All was created in partnership with the Consortia-supported Our American Journey project.

Ethnic newspapers, radio, television and online publications have helped millions of immigrants to America become part of their new country while preserving their ties to their native lands. As ethnic populations in the United States have grown, so has the power of their presses. Today, one in four Americans turns to ethnic media for news.

News for All will display some of the country’s first ethnic newspapers and tell the stories of crusading journalists who fought to dispel stereotypes and tell the stories of their communities. Video productions in the exhibit will explore the role ethnic media play in major news events and present some of the most significant moments in the history of ethnic media. An interactive component of the exhibit will encourage visitors to explore ethnic media throughout the country, from their inception to the present.

News for All was on display at the Newseum through Jan. 4, 2015.

 

Civil War 360

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Take a journey back in time and immerse yourself in a 150-year-old battle that nearly split our nation in two. This three-part series explores famous and little known aspects of the Civil War, from the perspectives of the Union, the Confederacy and the millions of enslaved people struggling for freedom. Hosted by Ashley Judd, Trace Adkins, and Dennis Haysbert, all of whom had ancestors greatly affected by the war, this series delivers fresh insights and untold tales, brought to life through dramatic recreations and the Smithsonian Institution's vast collection of artifacts.