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Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, April 9:
The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is fast approaching. Scores of visitors relive Civil War history by walking along the battlefields in Adams County each summer, and a record number of tourists is expected to flock to the region this year to mark the sesquicentennial. But history buffs can get a jump start on commemorating the battle this month, when a new exhibit opens at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. As part of the “Objects of Valor” exhibit, visitors can see Peter Frederick Rothermel’s expansive painting of Pickett’s Charge, when Union forces effectively stopped the Confederate army from advancing any further in Pennsylvania. They can also get an up-close look at rare artifacts the public hasn’t seen in decades, including General George Meade’s chair and a musket belonging to the oldest soldier to fight at Gettysburg.
On Radio Smart Talk, we’ll hear from Museum Director David Dunn and Curatorial Supervisor Brad Smith, about how the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission put together such a vast collection of Civil War relics. We’ll also delve into the importance of the battle to the region, and why it continues to fascinate Pennsylvanians 150 years after taking place.
“Objects of Valor” - on display at The State Museum of Pennsylvania
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