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‘Brothers Again’ Exhibit Opens February 26 at Georgia Museum of Agriculture

February 12, 2015

“Brothers Again,” a new exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, will open Feb. 26 at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum Gallery. Guests will enjoy brief introductory remarks and light refreshments at 6 p.m.  Admission to this event is free.  It is sponsored by the Museum and by the Baldwin Players theatre group at ABAC.

Museum Assistant Director and Curator Polly Huff said this exhibit will focus on Civil War artifacts from the wiregrass Georgia area relating to the war, as well as memorabilia from life at the home front.

“The war fundamentally changed America, particularly the South, and its end marked the beginning of many changes, mostly for the better, but some suffering lingered,” Huff said.  “This exhibit will feature opportunities to explore how the war impacted several facets of life throughout the United States, the South, and particularly south central Georgia.”

Huff said a series of lectures and presentations will be presented during the life of the exhibit that look at the issues of the time, including the war itself, as well as politics, slavery, and religion.

As another part of the “Brothers Again” event, the Baldwin Players of ABAC will present “The Whipping Man” by Matthew Lopez, a powerful play set just after General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox.  The play examines the issues of slavery, faith, and relationships in a time of upheaval and change.

Performances of “The Whipping Man” will be held March 5-7 at 7 p.m. at the Peanut Museum of the GMA. Admission is free to ABAC faculty, staff and students. The ticket cost is $7 per person for the general public. This play is intended for mature audiences.

There will also be an original play, “Brothers, Husbands, and Sons,” written by Dr. Brian Ray, professor of English and instructor of theatre, that explores the impact of the war on those Southern family members who remained at home.

The special exhibit opening inside the GMA Gallery as a part of “Brothers Again” is an exhibit curated by staff especially for this event. Artifacts will include uniforms, weaponry, photographs, diaries, household items, and more.

“Artifacts on loan from Fort McAllister along with various artifacts from a number of private collectors make up the new exhibit,” Huff said.  “Many of the items on display which belong to private collectors have never been displayed publicly.”

Leola White, a Rural Studies major from Arlington, who focuses on a concentration of Politics and Modern Cultures, will be working with Huff as a senior intern and will assist with topic research, layout design, interpretation, and artifact labeling and installation for this exhibit. A Tifton public relations firm, The Big Picture, will assist with the design, digital content, and graphics for the exhibit.

Huff said the exhibit will remain on display until July 5.  Admission to the exhibit will be included in GMA’s general daily admission or free with a valid Season Pass.

For more information on this event, interested persons can contact Huff at (229) 391-5222.
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