Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library is featuring a summerlong exhibit focusing on various themes of the Civil War.
Visitors are welcome to view display cases on the library’s main floor. The themes include the role of women in the war; the enlistment of Native Americans, African-Americans and Mexican-Americans in the war effort; the flourishing of visual and performing arts during the 1860s; and the internal politics of President Abraham Lincoln’s war cabinet.
Also on display is a collection of authentic home and battlefield items on loan to the library from WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center and from the Cherokee County descendants of F.P. Axley and Margaret Knox Johnston.
Other battlefield items, including hats, bullets, a bayonet, a saber and a calvary bugle, are from the collection of Lonnie Speer, a Civil War scholar and historian who also is a member of the university staff.
Letters and photographs from the Civil War period can be viewed online at this library Web site: http://library.wcu.edu/DigitalColl/default.asp.
Hunter Library’s summer hours are Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 2 to 10 p.m.
For more information, call the Alessia Zanin-Yost at the library at (828) 227-3398.