The Durham Museum

September 21, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Liberty on the Border: A Civil War Exhibit
, designed by Cincinnati Museum Center, focuses on the border relationship between Ohio and Kentucky to provide new insights into the events leading up to the Civil War, the war years, and the “politics of memory” that has occurred from post-war to modern day. At that time the Ohio River was not just a physical border between neighboring states, but also represented a dividing line between North and South, “free” and “slave.” The exhibit allowing visitors to look at the Civil War in a new way, not only at the very real physical border that separated Ohio from Kentucky and slave states from the free states, but also the wide spectrum of attitudes of people in those areas.

Through photographs and documents, touchable replicas and artifacts, backdrops and dioramas, hands-on interactives, audio visual effects, diaries, and music, visitors come to understand why the War came about, and what impact the War has had on the cultural fiber of the United States.

Liberty on the Border is sponsored by Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc., the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation, the Dillon Foundation, U.S. Bank, and the Robertson Family Foundation.