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Press Release
March 23, 2010

Civil War History Meets Twitter @Discovercivwar

Follow the National Archives’ Upcoming Civil War Exhibit on Twitter

Washington, DC…You can now follow the National Archives’ exhibition marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Discovering the Civil War on Twitter [http://twitter.com/discovercivwar]. Followers can discover the Civil War for themselves through tweets highlighting the people and stories of the Civil War linking to images of items that will be featured in the exhibition such as letters, diaries, photos, maps, petitions, receipts, patents, amendments, and proclamations. @discovercivwar will also alert the public to exciting, free programs related to the exhibition that will be held at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.

On April 30, 2010, the National Archives will peel back 150 years of accumulated analysis, interpretation, and opinion to reveal a Civil War that is little-known and even more rarely displayed in its new exhibition Discovering the Civil War. The free exhibition will be shown in two parts in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. The exhibition is presented by the Center for the National Archives Experience and the Foundation for the National Archives.

  • Part I: “Beginnings” opens April 30, 2010, and runs through September 6, 2010.
  • Part II: “Consequences”opens November 10, 2010, and runs through April 17, 2011.

Following its Washington, DC, premiere, Discovering the Civil War, will travel throughout the country to venues including:

  • The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI (Summer 2011);
  • The Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX (Fall 2011 through Winter 2012); and,
  • The Durham Museum, Omaha, NE (Fall 2013).

Visit the National Archives’ other social media sites. Check out our three Facebook pages for:

  • News and Events [http:// www.facebook.com/pages/Nationwide/US-National-Archives/128463482993],
  • Research [http://www.facebook.com/researchatusnationalarchives], and
  • the Federal Register [http://www.facebook.com/pages/Federal-Register/146084042922],
  • our YouTube channel [http://www.youtube.com/USNationalArchives], and
  • our Flickr photostream [http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives].

For more information about the National Archives visit our web site: http://www.archives.gov/.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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