Civil War exhibit opens at Minn. History Center

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A new exhibit that explores Minnesota's role in the Civil War opened Saturday at the History Center in St. Paul, the Star Tribune reports.

“Minnesota was a new state eager to show it belonged, so it was quick to volunteer and the soldiers distinguished themselves in ways that were really quite tragic,” Dan Spock, the History Center’s director, told the newspaper. “This is not a general exhibit but specifically about Minnesota in the Civil War, and especially about women trying to hold their families together and keep their farms and homes. There is a lot of pathos, and we wanted to show the toll war takes on people.”

The Associated Press says the exhibition, “Minnesota and the Civil War,” features artifacts as well as first-hand accounts from letters, diaries and memoirs of Minnesotans during the war.

The exhibit will run through Sept. 8.

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