Civil War Exhibit in GCC Library in Batavia

The Genesee Community College library in Batavia is proud to announce a new Civil War display that will run through February 17th. The exhibit features Civil War era newspapers, 3D models of iconic scenes from the war, period weapons, uniforms and much more.

As a kick-off to the exhibit, there will be a grand opening reception at 12:30 PM on January 25th in the library. The reception will feature a short lecture by GCC history professor Derek Maxfield. The talk is entitled “"Turning a page: War becomes Real in 1862,” and examines how the nature of the war changed dramatically during the course of that important year.

One of the central elements of the exhibit is the work of David Armitage, a local craftsman and active Civil War re-enactor, who built the many shadow boxes and other 3D models. Armitage has taken iconic scenes from the war and reproduced them in miniature. Among the many scenes are the wounding of Stonewall Jackson, a scene based on an iconic photo of the Cold Harbor battlefield in the days after the carnage there, and many more – over two dozen in all.

The exhibit was made possible by the loan of Civil War newspapers too. GCC composition and public speaking instructor John Molyneux has assembled this collection over many years. Among the many are pages from an anti-slavery newspaper, a Buffalo paper – which features a political ad advocating for Lincoln for president, and several from the New York Times.

Adding a military flair to the exhibit are Civil War uniforms, replica weapons, and accoutrements of war. The Holland Land Office and Museum kindly loaned a remarkable infantry sword (and a secure display case to house it). Other items are on loan from Tom Bowers, a Rochester communications guru who is famous for his “School of the Soldier” program he developed at the Genesee Country Museum in Mumford, and David Armitage.

The exhibit and reception on Jan. 25th are free and open to the public during normal hours of operation.


About Derek Maxfield

Associate Professor of History Genesee Community College
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