'Digs' add to prison's history
The Hayes Presidential Centers latest exhibit - Privy to History: Civil War Prison Life Unearthed is on display NOW through Jan. 4, 2015.
Curated by David R. Bush, Ph.D. the exhibit presents new information about Johnson's Island Civil War Prison (near Marblehead) gleaned through archaeological exploration of the prison site. The exhibit is made possible by funding from the Sidney Frohman Foundation and the Friends & Descendants of Johnsons Island Civil War Prison.
Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $7.50/adult, $6.50/seniors age 60+, and $3/children ages 6-12.
Privy to History: Civil War Prison Life Unearthed advances the history of Johnsons Island with facts literally 'unearthed' since the 1965 publication of Rebels on Lake Erie - the seminal history of the prison written by Charles E. Frohman. Numerous artifacts recovered during excavations of the prison latrines are displayed. A visual timeline chronicles the prisons creation, arrival and treatment of prisoners, and diversions POWs employed during their imprisonment - including jewelry making, theatrical productions, and photography.
An episode of the PBS series History Detectives is included in the exhibit. It explores the amazing story of a particular Confederate officer who fashioned a camera from a tobacco box and used oyster tins to produce photographs of his fellow prisoners.
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