NEWS ADVISORY                                                                                          October 11, 2011

For more information contact:
Dr. Amy Wright - Executive Director, GOCMS
(478) 453-1803

"Tenting Tonight on the Old Campground" Exhibit Opens
at Georgia's Old Capital Museum
EVENT:  The Opening of the new experiential exhibit commemorating the Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the Civil War in Georgia and Reception.

WHAT:   The new Civil War exhibit, "Tenting Tonight on the Old Campground" will open on Thursday, October 20th, at 5 PM, with a Ribbon Cutting and Reception at Georgia's Old Capital Museum.  Visitors to the exhibit will have the unique opportunity to experience life in a Confederate campground during the first two years of the Civil War.   The Rotating Gallery, located in the center of the museum, has been transformed into an experiential exhibit complete with tents, camp furniture, uniforms, weaponry, food, and all the accoutrements that surrounded soldiers.  Taste hardtack, peek inside a soldier's haversack, feel the weight of a Confederate musket, and try on a Confederate uniform.  Read the poignant excerpts from letters written by Georgia soldiers including Tomlinson, George and John Fort from Milledgeville.  View documents relating to the service of John Richard Bonner and William Spivey Stetson, Milledgeville sons and members of the 57th Georgia Regiment.  Examine the faces of the men, both young and old, from throughout Georgia who left behind home and family to fight for the South from 1861-1863.  This is an exhibit not to be missed!  

"Tenting Tonight..." will run until August 1, 2012, and a special gallery tour including lunch is available for groups of 12 or more.   Also on display in the Museum's Barbara Chandler Education Room, is an exhibit entitled "The Civil War: Selections from the Georgia College Special Collections" that includes rare books, photographs, and other materials describing life on the front lines as well as life on the home front during the Civil War. The exhibit is a collaboration between the Museum and Georgia College Special collections and is designed and created by Katherine Pope (Archival Associate) and other Special Collections staff and student assistants.  For more information and to arrange special gallery tours, contact Sally at 478-453-1803 or email   

WHERE:    Georgia's Old Capital Museum at 201 E. Greene Street, Milledgeville, GA 31061, is located on the ground floor of the historic Old Statehouse on the Georgia Military College Campus.

WHEN:    Opening & Reception:  Thursday, October 20, 2011, 5 PM.  Free and open to the public.

WHY:  Georgia's Old Capital Museum continues to serve the community with educational programs and events that promote its mission to identify, preserve, and communicate the historic and cultural heritage of Milledgeville and the Oconee River Basin area.