Monday, January 14, 2013

New Civil War Exhibit Now Open

The State Library invites you to view the newest exhibit, It Was Everyone’s War: Celebrating the Contributions of Massachusetts to Abolition and the Civil War.

The exhibition highlights examples of various groups’ contributions to the Union cause during the Civil War and to the eventual abolition of slavery in the United States.

The exhibit runs through May 31, 2013 and can be viewed outside of the Library, Room 341 of the State House. Library hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

A special thanks to Amani Marshall, an intern at the State Library, who surveyed the collections for Civil War-related material, and proposed the major themes. Thanks also to Casey Davis, a former Reference/Exhibit intern, who scanned many of the documents in the exhibit, wrote much of the panel text, and designed the exhibit layout.

For more information on the Civil War in Massachusetts, please see the website of the Massachusetts Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission (

Image: Row 1: Frederick Douglass; Sgt. Andrew Jackson Smith, Mass. 55th Regiment. 
Row 2: Abraham Lincoln; Charles Sumner; Col. Robert Gould Shaw, Mass. 54th Regiment.
Row 3: Gov. John A. Andrew and his military staff.