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‘Minnesota and the Civil War’ exhibit opens at History Center

Artifacts, letters, diaries and more are featured in the major new exhibit, which runs from March 2 to Sept. 8.

A major new exhibit on “Minnesota and the Civil War” opens Saturday at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

With 170 artifacts, letters, diaries and more, the exhibit looks at Minnesotans’ first-hand observances of the war, as well as the everyday lives of time.

The exhibit opening Saturday includes a 2 p.m. lecture by historian and author Mary Lethert Wingerd. The talk is free, but tickets are needed and can be reserved by calling 651-259-3015 or online.

The History Center says the exhibit includes stories like:

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“15-year-old Charley Goddard who lied about his age in order to fight; Minnesotans in battle, including the heroic actions of the First Minnesota Regiment at Gettysburg and the capture of the battle flag of the 28th Virginia Regiment; and personal experiences in the war, especially well told by the Christie brothers, whose numerous letters and diary entries are among the great treasures of the Minnesota Historical Society.”

The History Center, at 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. in St. Paul, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Admission to “Minnesota and the Civil War” is included with regular History Center admission of $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and college students, $6 for children ages 6 to 17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.