Andersonville National Historic Site is the only park in the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Congress established the site "to provide an understanding of the overall prisoner of war story of the Civil War, to interpret the role of prisoner of war camps in history, to commemorate the sacrifice of Americans who lost their lives in such camps, and to preserve the monuments located within the site."
The 1,200 square foot traveling exhibit is based on the thematic organization of the National Prisoner of War Museum – Capture, Prison Life, Those Who Wait, and Freedom. Hosting facilities will need to meet NPS standards for temperature and humidity control and security to ensure the preservation of artifacts. Receiving institutions will set-up, promote and market the exhibit, bear shipping costs, arrange for a former POW to attend the exhibit opening, host the exhibit for a three to six month period, use NPS-provided educational materials, and record the number of visitors.
Victory From Within The American Prisoner of War Experience is designed to be exhibited in an area 50' x 24' but a 30' x 40' setup is also an option. The entire exhibit has eight components: an exhibit intro kiosk, three cell kiosks, three fence kiosks, and one bench. Setup can be done in one day by a minimum of three people but venues are encouraged to allow additional time. In addition to text and graphic panels, the exhibit contains audiovisual stations and museum collection items made and used by American prisoners of war.Shipping cost of the exhibit will be incurred by the receiving venue. The receiving venue must arrange for transport from current venue, including any needs for a palletjack and/or a forklift if venue does not have a loading dock. The exhibit consists of fifteen crates with a total weight of 9,040 pounds:
Crate 1 35" wide x 79" long x 4 7" tall 720 lbs.
Crate 2 35" wide x 79" long x 55" tall 800 lbs.
Crate 3 35" wide x 79" long x 47" tall 720 lbs.
Crate 4 35" wide x 79" long x 55" tall 800 lbs.
Crate 5 35" wide x 79" long x 4 7" tall 720 lbs.
Crate 6 35" wide x 79" long x 55" tall 800 lbs.
Crate 7 34" wide x 48" long x74" tall 880 lbs.
Crate 8 35" wide x 76" long x43" tall 720 lbs.
Crate 9 35" wide x 37" long x 63" tall 790 lbs.
Crate 10 41" wide x 1 00" long x 52" tall 1,290 lbs.
Crate 11 34" wide x 40" long x 71" tall 360 lbs.
Crate 12 50" wide x 32" long x 55" tall 440 lbs.
Victory from Within Curriculum Guide
The Victory From Within Curriculum is a companion middle/high school curriculum for the traveling exhibit "Victory From Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience." The VFW Curriculum is designed to provide a meaningful and powerful learning experience for young people across the U.S. to understand andappreciate the sacrifices made by American prisoners of war. The curriculum may be found at:http://www.nps.gov/ande/forteachers/classrooms/curriculum-vfw.htm
How to request the exhibit
Andersonville National Historic Site (ANHS), in partnership with the Friends of Andersonville and the American Ex-Prisoners of War have developed the traveling exhibit Victory From Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience, available for loan to qualified institutions and organizations. Criteria and exhibit information are outlined below.
1. Institutions seeking more information, or to schedule the traveling exhibit should contact the Chief of Interpretation and Education at 229-924-0343 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
2. All borrowers must provide a completed American Alliance of Museums (AAM) General Facility Report. A blank report can be provided for the borrower to complete, if requested. Completed General Facility Reports must be received by Andersonville National Historic Site within three months after the official request for the exhibit.
3. Once a site is approved, the borrower must contact Bridget Beers, Museum Curator, at 229-924-0343 ext. 113 to process the loan of traveling exhibit museum collection items. Curator's hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.
4. Loan of exhibit will be for educational purposes only.
5. The loan of exhibit which contains museum objects gives a borrower temporary custody. No title is conveyed.
6. Exhibit must be mounted in a space open to the public during regular business hours.
7. The loan term will be for a minimum of three months and will not exceed six months. Loans may be renewed. The park reserves the right to recall the loan and will give 30 days' notice for such recalls.
8. The borrower must provide insurance coverage of the traveling exhibit while in transit and during exhibition. Total value of the exhibit is $275,000.
9. Andersonville National Historic Site retains the right to deny a request for a loan if, upon review of the General Facility Report, interview with the borrower, and/or visit to the facility, feels the potential borrower cannot provide proper conditions for protection of the traveling exhibit and museum objects. An explanation of why the loan request was denied, or the limitations of the loan, will be provided by the park Superintendent.
10. Andersonville National Historic Site does not loan museum collection objects to individuals for private use. Andersonville National Historic Site does not rent museum collection objects for use as props, or loan or rent objects for entertainment or social events, or for commercial gain by the borrower.
11. Each venue will be responsible for completing an Object Condition Report for each artifact when the exhibit arrives. The venue will also complete Object Condition Reports for each artifact prior to shipping the exhibit to the next location. A copy of the reports should be sent to the museum curator in both instances.