Last week was a first for me – I was part of the team which developed the National Museum of Civil War Medicine’s first traveling exhibit! R. Gregory Lande, D.O.; Terry Reimer, the Director of Research for the NMCWM; and I worked together to create the exhibit titled, “The Emotional Toll of War.” It was inspired by the recent news stories of our current soldiers who have struggled with issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and even suicide. Civil War soldiers suffered from many of the same issues, and so this exhibit shows some of the causes of these “emotional casualties” of war.
|Since the exhibit is designed to be moved to different venues, it consists of a series of informational banners. However, we felt that adding a small display of associated artifacts would enhance the exhibit.|
This exhibit will be on display at the NMCWM through spring of 2014, after which the banners will be available for loan. So, if you can’t make it here to see it, perhaps it will come to a museum near you!
Photos courtesy of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, except where otherwise noted.