Issue 4: Summer 2000 page 2
New Exhibits Transform Old Visitor Center
If you haven't stopped by Richmond National Battlefield Park's Chimborazo Visitor Center lately, you are really missing a great opportunity. A new exhibit has replaced the antiquated "Campaigns for Richmond" displays, those having been made obsolete by the Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works. The site has been reborn as the Chimborazo Civil War Medical Museum.
Some Richmonders may recognize the exhibit as it belongs to the Museum of the Confederacy and was previously on exhibit there. The Museum has graciously loaned the exhibit to the Park until November 2000. Our permanent exhibit will be in place in 2001.
The large 6 foot by 8 foot diorama of the Chimborazo hospital is now in the room that formerly housed our research library. Researchers should have no fear however; the library is now in a much larger space--the former first floor auditorium that is now an ideal place for conferences and quiet studying of our reference material. Hats off to the maintenance staff who renovated the space.
Did You Know?
Scattered throughout the Richmond area are 58 historic markers erected by the Richmond Battlefield Markers Association beginning in the 1920’s. One of its members was Douglas Southall Freeman, editor for the Richmond News Leader and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Robert E. Lee.