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A history class spends the day working at the Johnson's Island Prison site. A collage shows three prison artifacts unearthed by workers.
Exhibit on Civil War prison extended

The Hayes Presidential Center is extending the run of its popular exhibit focusing on the history of Johnson's Island Civil War Prison. Scheduled to end in early January, the exhibit now will be on display through Presidents' Day (Feb. 16, 2015).
The prison on Johnson's Island (offshore of Marblehead, Ohio) was the only Union Army prison specifically designed to house captured Confederate officers. Thanks to archaeological exploration, the prison site continues to reveal tantalizing details about the war and the men who served on both sides. The Hayes Presidential Center’s exhibit - Privy to History: Civil War Prison Life Unearthed – shares information learned from artifacts unearthed at the prison.

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.Visitors can view this exclusive Hayes Museum exhibit 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.

Privy to History: Civil War Prison Life Unearthed is made possible through funding fromthe Sidney Frohman Foundation and the Friends & Descendants of Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison.

Collaboration with David R. Bush, Ph.D. of Heidelberg University’s Center for Historic & Military Archaeology, makes possible the display of numerous artifacts recovered from the site. Personal stories of prisoners and guards gleaned from diaries and letters enhance the understanding of prison life, the war, and how the two were inter-related. An episode of the History Channel’s History Detectives is included in the exhibit. It explores the amazing story of a particular Confederate officer who fashioned a camera out of a plank of wood and a small oyster tin to create photographs of his fellow prisoners.