Join Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman for an in-depth, insiders’ look at the commemorative Civil War exhibition To Bid You All Good Bye: Civil War Stories in Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel. Explore the inspiration behind the exhibition, marking the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, and get insights on the process of selecting these compelling stories and historic objects.
More than 5,000 Civil War soldiers, abolitionists, former slaves, and others who contributed to the war effort are interred at Green-Wood. The exhibition, which runs through Sunday, July 12, 2015, celebrates the lives of 20 of these permanent residents. The exhibit features photographs, letters, swords, stereo views and other historic objects from Green-Wood’s collections and archives, as well as items borrowed from public and private collections, some of which have never been exhibited before.
Immediately following this behind-the-scenes look, Richman will lead a trolley tour through Green-Wood to visit the gravesites of key figures featured in the exhibition. Meet, for example, the 12-year-old drummer boy who became Kings County’s first casualty of the Civil War; the Quaker who enlisted and whose mother never spoke with him again; the female abolitionist turned nurse; and many more.