The "A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri" traveling display, a condensed version of the Civil War display that recently closed at the Missouri History Museum, comes to the Columbia Public Library and will be open to the public August 10-October 6. Admission is free and accessible during regular library hours.
The display explores four major themes–A Soldier’s Life, Slavery in Missouri, Divided Loyalties and A War of No Quarter-each with its own interactive media unit. Visitors can see what everyday military life was like between battles, the face of slavery in Missouri, the impact of divided loyalties within a family and the destructiveness of plundering Confederate “Bushwhackers.” Artifacts on loan from the Boone County Museum and Gallery will also be on display at the library.
“Since the 150 anniversary of the Civil War began, we’ve been hosting programs on that subject,” said Patricia Miller, Adult Services Manager at Columbia Public Library. “This exhibit fit in nicely with what we were already doing.” Several programs are planned during the time the exhibit is on display including a viewing of the documentary “Jesse James” from the PBS “Wild West” American Experience series, Tribune reporter Rudi Keller’s discussion of “Life During Wartime,” folk musicians Cathy Barton and Dave Para playing Civil War era tunes, William F. Berry’s review of three large skirmishes in Boone County, nationally-acclaimed spoken word artist Beth Horner performing a story based on the diary of her great-great grandfather Colonel Wesley P. Winans and LeeAnn Whites’s talk about the role of Missouri women in the Civil War.
The Boone County Museum and Galleries is co-sponsoring the exhibit with Columbia Public Library. “We’re glad to be working with the Boone County Museum and Galleries to bring even more of our local story to our patrons. We’ll have several local artifacts from them on display and its executive director will be doing a Civil War program here at the library,” said Miller. “We hope that people will leave with a better understanding of what took place and how it shaped society in Mid-Missouri.”
The Missouri Humanities Council, in partnership with the Missouri History Museum, developed the special traveling exhibit and made it available to Missouri communities in 2012–2015. Interested communities submitted applications to the Missouri Humanities Council. Columbia was one of 15 locations selected. The Traveling Exhibition was made possible by a gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee.
Exhibit visitors are welcome to come during regular library hours, which are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.;Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.