(Gettysburg) -- Exhibits are being installed in a new Gettysburg museum slated to open on the upcoming 150th anniversary of one of the Civil War's bloodiest battles.
The Seminary Ridge Museum in the Lutheran Theological Seminary's Schmucker Hall is on track to open for private tours in April and will open to the public July 1st.
The building served as a Union lookout on the first day of the battle on July 1st, 1863, and a hospital for months afterward.
Barbara Franco, the museum's executive director, says the facility will highlight what happened during the battle's crucial initial hours. "A lot of people who visit Gettysburg kind of skip over the first day, and are interested in Pickett's Charge. But in many ways, the first day sets up the whole battle and really is a way to understand how these two armies came together and the consequences of it."
Franco says exhibits will also tell the personal stories of wounded soldiers who were treated there, as well as the religious men who studied at the seminary.
She adds the museum will continue to raise money leading up to its official opening.
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