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November 17, 2013

Civil War museums merge

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RICHMOND, Va. —

“The ability to attract a much bigger audience and really stake the claim that Richmond is the premier museum experience for the Civil War — this is a tremendous opportunity for us,” Rawls said.

Rawls agreed with Coleman that the combined museums will build on each other’s mission.

“Their strength is their site at the Ironworks and their access to the river and their room for living history,” he said. “Ours is our collection.”

For his part, Richmond National Battlefield Park superintendent Dave Ruth welcomes the new collaboration along the James.

The new museum, he said, “will define how visitors experience the dramatic story of the Civil War and will communicate the powerful and untold stories that provide transcendent meaning for this event, which shaped our country’s history.”

Coleman could barely contain her enthusiasm as she offered a sneak peak at some of the future exhibits at the yet-unnamed museum, including a look at the extraordinary growth of Richmond as the Confederate capital.

“The idea is to create experiences for our guests that are really different so they can understand the conflict more deeply,” she said. “It’s really exciting.”

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