After delays, Civil War exhibit set to open March 6

Monday, February 14, 2011 | 4:23 p.m. CST; updated 8:45 p.m. CST, Monday, February 14, 2011

COLUMBIA — After several delays, the Boone County Historical Society has set a date to open an exhibit marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The Civil War exhibit will open March 6, the Boone County Historical Society Board and its Civil War Committee decided Friday.

The collection will be presented in chronological order and change every six months to represent a different year of the Civil War. The first year to be featured will be 1861.

Originally planned for January, the exhibit's opening has been postponed twice — most recently by the snowstorm that left the museum parking lot covered.

Jennifer Flink, executive director and curator of the Historical Society, said opening the exhibit in March makes sense, historically speaking, considering the events of March 1861 in Missouri.

“In the past, historians have not given Missouri much credit in the Civil War history," Flink said. "They didn't cover the battles on the frontier perspective.”

The exhibit will retrace the Civil War period and focus on the role of Missouri as a border state.

The exhibit will include artifacts as well as performances and interactive exhibits. An opening ceremony is set for 1 p.m. March 6 at the Walters-Boone County Historical Museum,  3801 Ponderosa St.

The delayed opening is not the only change in the exhibit. The Historical Society decided to turn it into a two-year exhibit instead of just 18 months.

To finance this extension, the Historical Society is seeking additional funds from the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Historical Society on Friday filed an application requesting $8,000 from the Tourism Attraction Development fund for advertising and extra security for the exhibit.

Flink said the goal is to target people coming to Columbia for the weekend, either for business or pleasure, and make sure they know about the exhibit.

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