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When will Spotsylvania County have its own Civil War Museum? by Terry Thomann and Michael Aubrecht, director of the National Civil War Life Museum
Confederates shoot at Union forces during a re-enactment at Belvedere Plantation.
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Museums such as ours do not just serve our respective home communities; they ultimately draw thousands of visitors. These tourism dollars help to support the local economy and vital governmental and community services. Without a Civil War museum of its own, Spotsylvania is not taking full advantage of its legacy.
The National Civil War Life Museum's mission is to operate an inclusive museum and research center. We firmly believe that a museum should present all sides of the Civil War story and the experiences of all Americans, whether they were civilians or soldiers, fought for the North or the South, were white or black, free or enslaved.
This inclusive approach is evident, not only through our curatorial programming, but across our entire organization. Our current board represents all walks of life including black, white, male, female, military, and civilian. We are unified in of our mission
The current National Civil War Life Museum has been serving the county for almost 10 years while providing quality exhibits and historical interpretation at a reasonable cost to the community. For the past three years the museum has also served the Spotsylvania school system's summer enrichment program.
We are very grateful for the county's continued support and believe that we will be able to provide even better service to both residents and visitors with this proposed expansion. The current museum will have the space necessary to grow into one of the nation's premier Civil War facilities once it is relocated to the Courthouse village area currently under construction.