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[LIBRARY] RELEASE: Civil War Sesquicentennial Exhibit Coming to the Indiana State Library
Start Date: 5/8/2014Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Date: 5/8/2014End Time: 7:00 PM
Entry Description

INDIANAPOLIS (April 29, 2014) – After 150 years, the American Civil War remains a defining moment in our nation’s history. The Hardship & Hope: The Life of the Hoosier Soldier During the Civil War ( exhibition gives a more personal understanding of the everyday realities from the Hoosier soldier on the battlefield. Unique letters, photographs, and artifacts from the Indiana State Library’s collection, many of which have never before been on display, are now available for the public view. The Exhibit will be open May 9th— August 29th, 2014 during regular hours.

An opening reception will kick off the exhibit on May 8th from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT) at the Indiana State Library. The free event will feature special guests and entertainment including:

  • Michael Peake, Civil War Historian, presenting his latest publication, Blood Shed in this War, Civil War Illustrations by Captain Adolph Metzner, 32nd Indiana.
  • Fred Schaefer, CSFA-OS, Civil War Medical Historian, discussing medical history and techniques on the battlefield.
  • Bernie O’ Bryan, Mid States Living History Association and Lew Wallace interpreter, covering pre-war life in Indiana, Wallace’s relationship with Oliver P. Morton, and military career.
  • 49th Indiana, Company F. and 18th Light Artillery reenactors portraying the common soldier’s war perspective with uniforms and special equipment on display, including a Coehorn Mortar.

Among the guests for the opening reception will be representatives of the Indy Eleven, Indiana’s new professional soccer team. The team’s nickname pays homage to Indiana's 11th Regiment Indiana Infantry in the American Civil War. The inspiration for the name came from Donna Schmink, the Collection Manager at the Indiana War Museum, who, when asked by team officials for ideas a team name connected to Indiana history, suggested "the Eleventh" in honor of the regiment that valiantly fought under the initial direction of Colonel Lew Wallace.

"The opening reception will be a fun, family-friendly way to honor the 150th-anniversary of the American Civil War and kick off the State Library's latest exhibition," said Connie Bruder, State Librarian (interim) of Indiana. "Hardship & Hope will highlight our collection as a treasure trove of historically-significant Civil War materials."

Civil War-themed refreshments will be provided by CJ’s Sweet Creations & Catering and special event parking will be available for $5.00 in the Senate Avenue Garage from 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM. The Indiana Historical Bureau bookstore will also be open extended hours to accommodate the event.

The State Library holds one of the world’s largest collections of Indiana-related manuscripts, documents, photographs and newspapers. The Hardship & Hope exhibit includes a significant collection of rare relics, correspondence and official documents from Hoosier soldiers, publishers and political leaders during the Civil War-era. The exhibit will also feature  items on loan from the Ruth Lilly Medical Library, the Medical History Museum, and Fred Schaefer’s private collection.

The public is also invited to visit the State Library’s Genealogy Collection, which contains many Civil War resources useful for researching Civil War ancestors. The collection of Civil War materials includes both the Roster of Union Soldiers series as well as the Roster of Confederate Soldiers series. Both are indexes which contain the name of the soldier and the company he was attached to during the war. Additionally, the Civil War Roll of Honor lists soldiers killed in action. For Indiana soldiers an often overlooked resource is the Report of the Adjutant General Indiana War of the Rebellion 1861-1936, which lists the name of the soldier, residence and when mustered in and out.

The opening reception is part of Civil War 150, a project organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America, and funded in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Other exhibit & promotional items are courtesy of the Indiana State Library Foundation.

About the Indiana State Library ( 
The Indiana State Library was established in 1825 to provide library services to Indiana’s state governmental officials and employees. Since that time, the responsibilities of the State Library have expanded to provide services to all citizens of Indiana. Just as the Library of Congress serves as the historical repository for our nation, the State Library is responsible for collecting and preserving all types of information and data about the state of Indiana.


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315 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Name: Drew Griffis
Phone: 317-650-6158
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