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Civil War History Comes Alive at St. John's College's Mitchell Gallery
October 27 and 28: Civil War field hospital encampment on the St. John's campus
FOR RELEASE: October 23, 2012
CONTACT: Gregory Shook, 410-626-2539
As a special event related to the opening of the “Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection” exhibition at St. John’s College’s Mitchell Gallery, a Civil War field hospital encampment will be presented on the St. John’s College campus on Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, features surgical demonstrations, an embalming surgeon, a Provost Guard drill, musket firing, and commissary cook staff. Colonel Pete “Doc” Peters, renowned surgeon with more than 30 years of experience as a Civil War re-enactor, will be on site to share his knowledge about Civil War medicine and will perform mock surgical procedures during the encampment. Colonel Peters has appeared in a number of films and documentaries, including multiple appearances on the Smithsonian channel.
During the Civil War, “Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper,” “Harper’s Weekly,” and the “New York Illustrated News” sent artist-correspondents to travel with the Union armies to make drawings of what they saw. “Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection,” on view from October 27 to December 12 at St. John’s College’s Mitchell Gallery, showcases their first-hand observations. This exhibition of 123 drawings selected from the Becker Archive, most of which have never been published, documents the heroic battles of the Civil War, construction of the railroad, Indian wars, the Chicago fire, and other important events in the development of American identity and culture. As part of the opening reception, Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Civil War Era Drawings” exhibition, followed by a hands-on workshop. Families are welcome to the opening reception, which will be held on October 28, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
For more information, call 410-626-2556 or visit www.stjohnscollege.edu/events.
Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection” is curated by Judith Bookbinder and Sheila Gallagher, and the traveling exhibition is organized by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles.
Drawings from the Becker Collection premiered at the McMullen Museum at Boston College in the exhibition “First Hand: Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection,” which was organized by the McMullen Museum and underwritten by Boston College and Patrons of the McMullen Museum.