Civil War rivals featured at museum

GRANVILLE, N.Y. - The Slate Valley Museum, located across the Vermont state line inGranville, N.Y., will open its newest exhibit, titled "Rivals in Slate, Brothers in War: The Slate Valley Unites for the Union Cause," on Sunday, June 5, 1-4 p.m.

The exhibit, sponsored in part by grants from the New York Council for the Humanities, the Shepard Broad Foundation, and the Miles Hodsdon Vernon Foundation, will begin a year of programming focused on how the Slate Valley was impacted by the Civil War.

The exhibit is an entirely new look at the Civil War and how it impacted the Vermont-New York slate belt.

Through journals, oral histories, sketches, and artifacts of Vermont and New York residents during the Civil War, discover the story of how the two-state Slate Valley community reacted to the war in ways that reflected both the region they lived in, and their native culture.

From Welsh immigrants writing poetry and letters, and Irish immigrants using music to escape, to women in the Slate Valley uniting under the U.S. Sanitary Commission to send supplies Black soldiers from Vermont joining the 54th Massachusetts regiment, Slate Valley residents experienced the Civil War in ways defined by their culture and community.

The battlefield sketches and letters of the Union Gen. David Russell-whose family married into one of the prominent slate families-will be on display for the first time.

The journal of Welsh immigrant John H. Williams will also be on display.

The story of S.M. Rising III, who fought alongside Welsh immigrants in the 14th Vermont Infantry before creating Rising and Nelson Slate Company only four years after the end of the Civil War, will also be told.

Check It Out: Visit the Slate Valley Museum's website at www.slatevalleymuseum.org or call 518-642-1417 for the most up-to-date information on the museum.

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