Museum to present lecture, exhibit on Civil War

December 28, 2009

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will present "The Civil War and Historical Memory: An Illustrated Lecture" by John M. McCardell Jr. on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2:30 p.m.

McCardell, a Hagerstown native, will discuss how historical memory - individual and collective - will shape the approaching 150th anniversary of the American Civil War (2011-2015).

McCardell is president emeritus of Middlebury College in Vermont, where he to teaches history.

The lecture is sponsored in part by Mrs. Theron K. Rinehart.

In addition, the museum will feature an exhibit titled "Circuit of the Summer Hills: Mourning the Losses of the Civil War" from Jan. 16 to Sept. 19.

The museum will present an interpretive exhibition featuring landscapes, portraits, sculpture, prints and archival material, focusing on the Civil War. The exhibition is presented in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the war.


The exhibition is co-curated by Elizabeth Johns, professor emerita in art history at the University of Pennsylvania, and the museum's assistant curator, Jennifer Chapman Smith.

The losses of the war were many: to Americans' sense of the meaning of their nation; to individuals who lost sons, husbands, fathers, and friends to battle and disease; to farmers and business owners who lost their livelihood; and to artists who painted, sculpted or wrote about the post-war years.

The exhibit is sponsored in part by Rest Haven Cemetery and Funeral Home.

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