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Squires win 'Sauder Cup'
The Spiegel Grove Squires were champions of the Sauder Village Cup held Saturday in Archbold! Read about the match.

 

 

 


'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.

An episode of the PBS series History Detectives is included in the exhibit. It explores the amazing story of a particular Confederate officer who fashioned a camera from a tobacco box and used oyster tins to produce photographs of his fellow prisoners.

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