OWENSBORO, Ky. (2/3/14) – Step back in time and explore The Civil War: A Kentucky Perspective Feb. 6-9 at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art.
The exhibition, featuring art and artifacts that document Kentucky’s critical role during this period of U.S. history, will open at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.
The public is invited to attend an opening reception featuring special guests President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, President and Mrs. Jefferson Davis and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Douglass 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the museum.
Complementing the re-enactors of these historical figures, members of the Brescia University Theatre Troupe will be in period dress, interacting with the crowd and sharing letters from Civil War soldiers during the reception.
The exhibition will spotlight historic events from the Owensboro region, including photography documenting the 1861 Battle of Sacramento.
Interpreting that exhibition will be Civil War art and artifacts from regional collections, including a bronze bust of President Lincoln by noted American sculptor Robert Berks.
Rare Civil War guns, including a LeMat revolver favored by Confederate soldiers, will be featured.
Historic flags, including a 35-Star U.S. Flag and a Confederate First National Flag, will be displayed. Visitors may view Kentucky folk art of President Lincoln and other prominent figures from the era, part of the museum’s permanent collection.
Visitors are encouraged to tour the John Hampden Smith House, a Civil War-era structure on the National Register of Historic Sites featuring period rooms furnished with decorative art from the mid 1800s. The house features a portrait by Kentucky artist Aurelius Revenaugh of Captain William T. Ellis (1845-1935), an Owensboro attorney and Congressman, who was a leader in the Orphan Brigade, a Civil War military unit that originated in Kentucky and relocated to Tennessee to fight for the Confederacy.
The exhibition is presented as part of Owensboro/Daviess County Remembers: The Civil War, a community collaboration of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Owensboro Museum of Science and History, Daviess County Public Library, RiverPark Center, Brescia University, NAACP and the Owensboro-Daviess County African-American Faith Community.
The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, 901 Frederica Street, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.For more information, visit www.omfa.us or call (270) 685-3181.
Information provided by Owensboro Museum of Fine Art
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