Discovering The Civil War

discovering the civil war

A Traveling Exhibit from
the National Archives

Created in Partnership with
the Foundation for
the National Archives

In 2010 the National Archives will peel back 150 years of accumulated analysis, synthesis, and punditry to reveal a Civil War that is little-known and even more rarely displayed. DISCOVERING THE CIVIL WAR will give visitors the chance to walk in the shoes of researchers, unlock secrets, solve mysteries, and uncover unexpected events in our records. The exhibit combines great original treasures and engaging touch-screen interactives in a physical environment inspired by 21st-century research rooms. Letters, diaries, photos, maps, petitions, receipts, patents, amendments, and proclamations all become powerful tools to let visitors take a fresh look at a conflict that still touches our lives.

The Center for the National Archives Experience and the Foundation for the National Archives are proud to announce this major exhibit, which will break the boundaries of our conventional understanding of the scope of the war and its contemporary impact. After premiering in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery in Washington, DC, DISCOVERING THE CIVIL WAR will embark upon a major, multi-city national tour beginning in 2011.

You can help create DISCOVERING THE CIVIL WAR.

The Foundation for the National Archives, with help from private supporters like you, will enable the design, fabrication, and tour of the innovative framework and dynamic interactives which will invite Americans from coast to coast to use these records to "discover" the Civil War.

Pledge your support now to ensure the creation of a state-of-the art, records-based exploration of the Civil War. Participate in the national recognition marking the 150th anniversary by supporting this important traveling exhibition and its companion educational activities, public programs, publications, and online initiatives. You - or your company, or your foundation - can become a major partner in DISCOVERING THE CIVIL WAR. To learn more, contact Stefanie Mathew at