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CW150 HistoryMobile in Richmond’s Capitol Square for the week

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The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile, on one of its stops in Virginia last year. (SESQUICENTENNIAL COMMISSION)

This came over the transom today from the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission:

RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Civil War 150 HistoryMobile is visiting the Virginia General Assembly this week, welcoming visitors from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

The free, interactive “museum on wheels,” housed in a 53-foot expandable tractor-trailer, will be open to the public,

positioned in the Darden Garden bus loop between the General Assembly Building and the Capitol.

The HistoryMobile draws together stories from all over Virginia and uses state-of-the-art technology and immersive exhibit spaces to present individual stories of the Civil War from the perspectives of those who experienced it—young and old, enslaved and free, soldier and civilian.

Just as the Civil War impacted every area of Virginia, the stories represented in the HistoryMobile are representative of the war experience throughout the state: battlefront, homefront, and the journey to freedom.

From the heart-rending letter written by a dying son to his father after being injured at Spotsylvania in 1864, to touch-screen computers that invite visitors to consider “What Would You Do?” to an overheard conversation between husband and wife considering the great risks and great rewards of fleeing to freedom, the HistoryMobile presents the stories of loss, gain, and legacies of the Civil War throughout Virginia.

An initiative of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, the HistoryMobile was developed in partnership with the Virginia Historical Society and the National Park Service and is operated in cooperation with the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Department of Motor Vehicles. The HistoryMobile travels throughout

Virginia, visiting museums, fairs, parks, and schools, and has seen more than 20,000 visitors since its tour began in July 2011.

The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 2006 and is chaired by House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford.

The Commissionsponsors a number of commemorative projects and events during the sesquicentennial, including seven annual conferences hosted by universities around Virginia; an award-winning museum exhibit at the Virginia Historical Society; a document scanning and preservation project through the Library of Virginia; and an Emmy-nominated video documentary distributed to every public school in Virginia, produced by James I. Robertson Jr. and available on DVD.

“There is no better place than Virginia to experience the different aspects of the Civil War, from the battlefront to the home front,” said Speaker Howell.

“The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile travels to communities throughout Virginia, enabling people to hear the stories then plan visits to the sites.”

For more information about the HistoryMobile’s visit to the Capitol, go to