If you’re in Ohio and you’re a military history buff, there are a couple of special exhibits in your neck of the woods that are worth checking out.
The Toledo Museum of Art is hosting The American Civil War: Through Artists’ Eyes until July 5. This exhibit features paintings, sculptures, photos, and artifacts from the museum’s own collection, as well as items from the William L. Clements Library, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, and other repositories that tell the story of Ohioans’ involvement in the war.
One of the highlights is Gilbert Gaul’s 6′ x 10′ painting Battery H 1st Ohio Volunteers Light Artillery in Action at Cold Harbor, on loan from the Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society.
Photos by Gardner, copies of Volk’s cast of Lincoln’s hands, and a sword carried by Rutherford B. Hayes are in the exhibit, too. Definitely worth a visit if you’re into the Civil War.
Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice…
…sorry, at the Cincinnati Museum Center, Treasures of Our Military Past just opened this week. This exhibition covers more than two hundred years’ worth of military history from the Cincy region. John Holt’s broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence, one of only four surviving copies, is the star attraction.