Temporary Exhibit “Recent Acquisitions” Opens at Andersonville National Historic Site
Contact: Bridget A. Beers, 229 924-0343, ext. 113
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia - Andersonville National Historic Site, home of the National Prisoner of War Museum, is pleased to announce the installation of Recent Acquisitions, a new temporary exhibit at the Prisoner of War Museum.This exhibit features items donated to the museum collection by former POWs, their families, and others in recent years. The images and artifacts relate to the prisoner of war experience during the Civil War, World War II from the European and Pacific theaters, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
The objects on display were used for eating, recording daily activities, and personal items used by the prisoners during their captivity as well as items used to remember POWs.Among the artifacts on display for the first time are a knife made by Korean War POW William Borer, a pair of socks knitted by World War II POW Larry Dennis, and a poem by Vietnam War POW Theodore W. Triebel.These items help illustrate the complexities of the Prisoner of War experience.
Andersonville National Historic Site would like to thank the following contributors who made this exhibit possible: Donna Jo Woollen, William F. Borer, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Murphy, John H. Anderson, Paul F. Hannan, David G. Rawlings, Theodore W. Triebel, Lawerence J. Dwyer, Joseph Casano, Betty Cozens, Laurence Dennis, Rita Grenier, Muriel King, Virginia Niebrand, Faye Lowe, Marilyn Hodges, Robert W. Phillips, and Midway Village Museum.
The exhibit opened September 27, 2012 and the public can view it through early February of 2013.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The national park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. Andersonville National Historic Site is the only national park within the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with the museum opening at 9:00 a.m. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS
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Did You Know?
Two unknown Union soldiers are buried in Grave 13,718. These prisoner deaths were discovered in 1899 when heavy rains exposed their remains within the prison site. It is thought that they died as a result of suffocation from a cave-in or a shelter or well.