“History Made Personal: The Civil War” Comes to Sanderson Museum

he Christian C. Sanderson Museum in Chadds Ford presents a new exhibit: “History Made Personal: The Civil War” starting September 27. The opening of this exhibit will be celebrated with events on September 27, 28 and 29, including an opening reception, a reading of a children’s book, and an appearance by local author Bruce Mowday. The exhibit will be on display at the museum through November 30.

This exciting Civil War exhibit will include a letter written by the man who lowered the Union flag at Fort Sumter, the purse that was in Jennie Wade’s apron pocket when she was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg and much, much more. The opening of the exhibit begins Friday, September 27 with a reception from 5pm to 8pm. The reception includes refreshments, music and a Civil War reenactor dressed in an authentic uniform. The reenactor will put on an exciting weapon demonstration and teach visitors about his clothing and equipment. Tickets to the reception are $5 for Sanderson Museum members and $10 for non-members. Space is limited to attend the reception, so reservations are suggested. On Saturday, September 28, the museum will entertain children with Li’l Dan, The Drummer Boy, by Romare Bearden, presented by a recorded reading by Maya Angelou. Afterwards, children will have fun making a replica of Li’l Dan’s drum that they can take home. There will be book readings at 1:00pm and 2:30pm. Cost is $3 per child. The events conclude Sunday, September 29, with popular local author Bruce Mowday entertaining visitors with tales from his book, Pickett’s Charge: The Untold Story, about the decisive Confederate defeat on the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg. A book signing will follow. Signed prints by renowned Chadds Ford artist Karl J. Kuerner will also be available.

The Sanderson Museum represents a man’s life and a nation’s history. It contains an eclectic array of art, military memorabilia, presidential artifacts, local history, and collectibles. Open March through November, Thursday through Sunday, 12pm to 4pm or by appointment. Visit the museum at 1755 Creek Road (old Route 100), Chadds Ford, just north of Route 1. Admission to the museum is $5 and free for members and children under 12 accompanied by an adult. For more information, call the museum at 610-388-6545 or go to the website at www.sandersonmuseum.org.