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Working on an exhibition requires an immense amount of knowledge and a thorough understanding of the subject matter. . .and the ability to boil all of that down into labels that visitors can read in thirty seconds or less. This leaves much unsaid - and unread. Luckily, there are blogs to provide readers with information that, while fascinating, simply could not fit on a label. This blog also features articles related to our Education programs, the Museum Store, the Museum's vast collections, and more.

John Ransom: An Organized Man

June 9, 2015

John Ransom was an organized taker of notes as a young man. That got him his military assignment. At the age of twenty, he was …

The Singing Recruiter: James Gowdy Clark

June 2, 2015

From “Children of the Battlefield” by James Gowdy Clark, 1864: Upon the field of Gettysburg The summer was high, When freedom met her haughty foe, …

W.R.C. – The Official Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic

May 26, 2015

The Woman’s Relief Corp, founded in the late 1870s in New England, quickly became a national organization, and eventually the official auxiliary to the Grand …

Memorial Day: A Civil War Holiday

May 19, 2015

In May of 1865 in Charleston, South Carolina, the African American community decorated the graves of Union soldiers who had died while in a Confederate …

The Reverend Colonel Higgins

May 12, 2015

Reverend David J. Higgins was already in his forties by the time the Civil War began and was an established minister. He decided that it …

A Closer Look at Thaddeus Lowe

May 7, 2015

Civil War balloonist Thaddeus Lowe was born on August 20, 1832 in Jefferson, New Hampshire. His full name was Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe, and with …

The John F. Godfrey Post, Grand Army of the Republic

May 5, 2015

The John F. Godfrey Post was far from the first Grand Army post formed in California. In fact, it was the ninety-third! Pasadena didn’t form …

Thomas Croft: The Man Who Owned Pasadena for a Day

April 28, 2015

Thomas Croft was an organized man. That served him well during his time in the Union Navy during the Civil War. He was an officer, …

What’s an Enfield, and Why is it in the Exhibit?

April 21, 2015

The Enfield .577 caliber rifled musket was the second most common weapon used in the American Civil War, largely because it was used by both …

Cruising Colorado Boulevard: A Memoir

November 4, 2014

My chariot to freedom arrived in the form of a jalopy. I had turned 16 in July and my driver’s license was aching to go …