Seasonal Special Happenings

Civil War History

When: Sat., April 30 2011

Prepare to be bombarded by Civil War history and commemorations for the next five years, as the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the war between the states. Leading the local charge is the Western Reserve Historical Society, which will be utilizing its vast arsenal of artifacts to illustrate the many ways in which Northeast Ohioans played a key role in the bloody war. One of the centerpieces of WRHS' programming opens today: Rally 'Round the Flag, an exhibit of 25 historic Civil War-era flags and banners. While the exhibit documents the entire spectrum of the war — the anti-slavery movement, captured Confederate flags, and the rise of post-war patriotic organizations like the Grand Army of the Republic — the most spectacular display is two massive 18-footers: the Union Jack and the Confederate Stars and Bars. The exhibit continues through the end of the year at WRHS' History Center, 10825 East Blvd. Today's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; adult admission, which includes entry to the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, is $8.50. For more information, go to wrhs.org or call 216-721-5722. — Cicora

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