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Check out the latest Past Times.
Whether you've visited our Privy to History exhibit yet or not, you'll find lots of information in our latest issue of Past Times.

 

 

 


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'Digs' add to prison's history
The Hayes Presidential Center’s latest exhibit - Privy to History: Civil War Prison Life Unearthed is on display NOW through Jan. 4, 2015.

Curated by David R. Bush, Ph.D. the exhibit presents new information about Johnson's Island Civil War Prison (near Marblehead) gleaned through archaeological exploration of the prison site.
Officers housed at the prison were educated and cultured - the elite of Southern gentry. This influenced prison life and the amazing array of artifacts that survive - like this violin.The exhibit is made possible by funding from the Sidney Frohman Foundation and the Friends & Descendants of Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison.

Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $7.50/adult, $6.50/seniors age 60+, and $3/children ages 6-12.

Dr. David R. Bush (in red) and students from Heidelberg University prepare the exhibit. Privy to History: Civil War Prison Life Unearthed advances the history of Johnson’s Island with facts literally 'unearthed' since the 1965 publication of “Rebels on Lake Erie” - the seminal history of the prison written by Charles E. Frohman. Numerous artifacts recovered during excavations of the prison latrines are displayed. A visual timeline chronicles the prison’s creation, arrival and treatment of prisoners, and diversions POWs employed during their imprisonment - including jewelry making, theatrical productions, and photography.

Be sure to check out our exhibit supplement Past Times . It's designed for kids but adults will find lots of interesting information in it too!

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