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Night Museum Program Returns to Andersonville

Children stand next to an illuminated sculpture at night.
Children view the museum courtyard sculpture at night.
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News Release Date: December 12, 2012
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343, x.201

ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia - On the evening of Saturday, January 26, 2013, Andersonville National Historic Site will again hold its "Night Museum" event.

From 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., the National Prisoner of War Museum will be open for a rare nighttime opportunity to view the museum exhibits and experience the prison site.

At the National Prisoner of War Museum, the exhibits, museum and bookstore will be open. At 7:00 p.m. a special presentation, "The Resurrection of Camp Lawton" will occur in the museum theater. The park films Voices From Andersonville will be shown at 6:00 p.m. and Echoes of Captivity will be shown at 8:00 p.m.

From the courtyard at the rear of the museum, the path to the prison site will be illuminated by lanterns, allowing access to the reconstructed northeast corner of the prison site. Among the replica shelters will be living history volunteers, portraying the often-overlooked winter period of the prison in 1864-65.

The special program, "The Resurrection of Camp Lawton" will be presented by Dr. John K. Derden, Professor Emeritus of History, East Georgia College, and will focus on the recent investigations, both archeological and textual, that have illuminated the story of this large, yet little known Confederate military prison.Dr. Derden's most recent book is The World's Largest Prison: The Story of Camp Lawton, published at the end of 2012 by the Mercer University Press. Copies of the book will be available for signing after the program.

"A visit to the National Prisoner of War Museum is a moving experience under any circumstance," stated Superintendent Brad Bennett, "we hope that the Night Museum program will provide new opportunities and new experiences for visitors, especially those who might not have been back recently."

During this nighttime event the prison site tour road and the Andersonville National Cemetery will be closed.

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?

Sack of Cement Cross on exhibit in the National POW Museum

The largest artifact in the National Prisoner of War Museum is the “Sack of Cement Cross” from Camp O’Donnell in the Philippines. The total height of the cross is 8 ft. The cross was built as a memorial to American prisoners who perished in the camp.