Monday, October 3, 2011

Heritage Center's Civil War Collections to open in Philadelphia October 15

The Union League building on S. Broad St. in C...Image via Wikipedia
The Sir John Templeton Heritage Center, an 8,500-square-foot facility off of Broad Street in Philadelphia, will open its prestigious collections of Civil War books and period manuscripts to the public on October 15.

"The Heritage Center will be presenting a series of five rotating exhibits which will focus on the Philadelphia home front in the Civil War. The first, on display now, is Philadelphia 1861: The Coming Storm. Its focus is the city on the brink of war and during the months immediately following the attack on Fort Sumter. The exhibit’s main storylines are: the election of 1860; the divisions among Philadelphians, supporters of the Union, and Southern sympathizers; Lincoln’s visit to Philadelphia on February 22, 1861; and the city’s response to the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter. The exhibit will continue through December 2011." - The Heritage Center
The Heritage Center is also home to the Union League of Philadelphia’s three charitable foundations: Youth Work, Scholarship, and Abraham Lincoln.  These organizations, supported by League members, serve the community by educating the public about our nation’s history, recognizing student role models in the region’s high schools, and providing scholarships to deserving students.

The Heritage Center will be open to the public, free of charge, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00- 6:00PM and the second Saturday of each month from 1:00-4:00PM.
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