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March Issue 2003
Charlotte Museum of History in Charlotte, NC, has Expanded and Extended Exhibition about Soldiers and War
As a US war with Iraq appears increasingly likely, the Charlotte Museum of History in Charlotte, NC, has expanded its current major exhibit Soldiers' Stories: War in the First Person, adding components to help visitors reference and respond to the new Iraqi conflict by providing a forum for the opinions and emotions of both currently deployed US military personnel and the public.
Soldiers' Stories: War in the First Person is an original multi-media exhibit that explores the range of emotions and need for human connection during wartime as revealed through personal correspondence written by and about Carolina soldiers and their families during every American war.
Originally scheduled through Sept. of this year, Soldiers' Stories has now been extended through Sept. 2004.
New exhibit components include:
- An up-to-date map of the Middle East, with individual maps and in-depth profiles on 17 countries and major sites for US military personnel in the area.
- A polling station where visitors can weigh in with their opinions about war, both by casting their vote on "yes or no" statements, and also by expressing their free-form thoughts in a public comment book on such questions as "What sacrifices would you make for your children to grow up in a safer world?" and "How have current or previous global conflicts changed your understanding of different peoples?"
- Correspondence from currently deployed US military personnel with first-hand accounts of their experiences.
- A "magnetic word" wall allowing visitors to express their feelings about war and terrorism in phrases and poetry.
"Our aim is to give the community a safe place to express their feelings without being judged," states Bill Massey, Museum President, "and also a way to connect with and hear from US soldiers currently serving in the Middle East."
For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 704/568-1774, e-mail at (firstname.lastname@example.org), or on the web at (www.charlottemuseum.org).
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