150th Anniversary Civil War Exhibit Coming to Quaker Heritage Center

Exhibit to Run July 3 through July 29

July 2, 2013

The Quaker Free Labor store only sold goods that were made without any slave labor. (Ohio Historical Society collection)

The Quaker Free Labor store only sold goods that were made without any slave labor. (Ohio Historical Society collection)

The Civil War began in April 1861, and Ohio was deeply involved, providing Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and many other Union officers as well as more than 300,000 Union troops to the war effort. Clinton County families have the opportunity to learn more about Ohio’s profound impact on the war in the coming weeks.

The Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center at Wilmington College is hosting the Ohio Historical Society’s new traveling exhibit, "Ohio & the Civil War: 150 Years Later," July 3 through 29, to commemorate the anniversary of the Civil War.

“We are particularly excited to see the inclusion of a section on beliefs in this exhibit,” said Ruth Brindle Dobyns, Curator of the Quaker Heritage Center. “This section highlights the unique story of Ohio Quakers in the Civil War – the tension between a war being fought for the ending of slavery and the Quakers’ belief in nonviolence.”

The Quaker Heritage Center will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with special extended hours on Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, July 20, from 7 to 9 p.m.

In addition, the exhibit will be on display at the Wilmington Municipal Building on Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., as a part of “Reflection of Time: Southern Ohio Civil War Day.” This day-long family-friendly Civil War era living history event will be held in historic downtown Wilmington, including encampments, reenactors, live music and dancing, wagon rides, exhibits, museum tours, guest speakers, live theater performances, cemetery tours, and more.

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The Ohio Historical Society, in partnership with the Ohio Humanities Council and American Electric Power, sponsored development of "Ohio & the Civil War: 150 Years Later," a special panel exhibit produced for the 150th commemoration of the Civil War.

The traveling exhibit explores Ohio’s participation in the war and focuses especially on individuals’ choices that impacted local community and the course of the war. Three themes — democracy, transformations and memory — are used to reveal Civil War stories that impacted Ohio in the 19th century to the present day.

Through the lens of these themes, the exhibit explores topics such as civil rights, political dissent, pacifism, religion and popular culture and reveals patterns in our country’s response to such topics throughout history.

The Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center of Wilmington College is an educational center designed to help learners of all ages discover the rich heritage and living traditions of the Religious Society of Friends through a variety of exhibits, tours, presentations, lectures, activities, and programs. For more information about special events, hours, and upcoming exhibits, visit

Ohio’s leadership before, during and after the Civil War had a profound influence on American history. Decades later, a statewide initiative to observe the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Ohio (2011-2015) is being led by the CW150 Advisory Committee and the Ohio Historical Society. American Electric Power and the Ohio Humanities Council are sponsors of the initiative. For more information about Ohio’s Civl War 150th anniversary commemoration, special events, and more, visit www.ohiocivil