Warrenton – Fauquier Heritage Day on Saturday, 24 September

I will be there on the 24th.  Stop by!

Warrenton – Fauquier Heritage Day on Saturday, 24 September 2011, 9-5.


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For immediate release and for more information, please call Paula Johnson at 540.341.7019 or by email at pauladrdr@aol.com
Two Civil War Exhibits coming to Warrenton, Virginia in September

Two Civil War Exhibits will be coming to Warrenton in September. The exhibits are sponsored by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and are free of charge to the public.  The venue for both will be the Warrenton – Fauquier Visitor Center located at 33 N. Calhoun Street and available for viewing from 9am to 5pm.  Both exhibits will be available to experience during Warrenton – Fauquier Heritage Day on Saturday, 24 September 2011.

Arriving first on September 16th, will be the panel gallery entitled An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia.  The 3,000 square foot exhibit uses over 200 original objects, interactive technology, and state of the art audiovisual programs.  Virginia stood in the center of the 1861 – 1865 conflict and the experience encourages the visitor to consider how this single event occurring 150 years ago can influence and address today’s questions of gain, loss, what was undecided and what is left for us to resolve. The traveling panel exhibit will be on display until October 2nd.

Housed in a 53’ expandable tractor-trailer and open to the public on September 23rd  and 24th for Warrenton – Fauquier Heritage Day, the second exhibit is the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile.   Using state of the art technology and immersive exhibit spaces, “In Their Footsteps” contains four divisions that present stories drawn from all over Virginia of the individuals in the Civil War giving the perspective of those that experienced it.  The sections in the interactive “museum on wheels” are: Battlefront, Homefront, Journey to Freedom, and Loss-Gain Legacy.  Also included is the film The Whirlwind: Virginia in the Civil War posing the question “Why War” and examines Virginia’s decision to secede. The four year tour was launched at the commemoration of the First Battle of Manassas on July 21, 2011, and will visit museums, schools, parks, fairs, and other sites in the Commonwealth and beyond.

For information, to participate or volunteer for the HistoryMobile or Warrenton – Fauquier Heritage Day contact Paula Johnson at pauladrdr@aol.com or call 540.341.7019.  For information about the Warrenton – Fauquier Visitor Center call 540.341.0988 or 800.820.1021.

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