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JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT TO HOST CIVIL WAR 150 HISTORYMOBILE

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 13, 2014 – The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile is coming to Jamestown Settlement during the museum’s annual Military Through the Ages event March 15 and 16.  The exhibit is an initiative of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, which was created by the General Assembly to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Virginia.

The HistoryMobile uses immersive spaces and interactive exhibits to draw together stories of the Civil War and emancipation from the viewpoints of those who experienced it across Virginia – young and old, enslaved and free, soldier and civilian.  The exhibit is divided into four sections: Battlefront, Homefront, Journey to Freedom and Loss-Gain-Legacy.  Visitors are invited to imagine, “What Would You Do?”  In addition to presenting Virginia’s Civil War history, the HistoryMobile provides visitors with information from Virginia Tourism about the many historic sites and destinations they can explore today.

Located in the Jamestown Settlement visitor parking area March 15 and 16, the HistoryMobile will be open, with free admission, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 15 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 16.  The exhibit complements the theme of Military Through the Ages, when hundreds of re-enactors spanning centuries of military history – including the American Civil War – gather on the museum grounds to demonstrate camp life, tactics and weaponry. 

The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile crosses the state, visiting museums, schools and special events.  Since its tour began in July 2011, it has made more than 120 stops.  The HistoryMobile was named a 2013 Leadership in History Award of Merit winner by the American Association for State and Local History.  Visit  www.VirginiaCivilWar.org for more information about the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission.

Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, is located on Route 31 South at the Colonial Parkway.  For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit hif.ciniva.net.