Hell & Homefront: Civil War Through Fulton County Eyes

Topic: History Subtopic: General

Case Study

of an Exhibit

by John Swearingen, Jr.

Published on May 19, 2011, Modified on May 20, 2011

  • Museum: Fulton County Ohio Historical Society Focus: History

  • Collaborating Organization(s): Americorps, Ohio Historical Society, Ohio Humanities Council, Sauder Village

  • People who worked on this: John Swearingen, Jr. (Design & Installation Coordination)

  • My role: I brought together a team of volunteers to literally "gut" two victorian house museum exhibits that had been in place for decades to create a new changing exhibit gallery. This exhbit shows the impact of the Civil War on a county of 14,000 people. The exhbit has a timeline and display cases that will change each year of the war, with the exhibit ending in December of 2015 when the last of the county's men return home.

  • Description and goals

    “Hell & Homefront: Civil War through Fulton County Eyes” is a five year project during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Experience the history of Fulton County from the underground railroad movement in the 1830s through the reconstruction era. Hear the viewpoints of Fulton County citizens, both on the battle field, and those left behind at home.

    The museum’s extensive collection of Civil War artifacts is the centerpiece of this
    commemoration. An temporary exhibit, which changes with each year of the war is currently on display at the Fulton County Museum.

    Encampments, Lectures, and other programs in Fulton County can be seen on the www.facebook.com site, “Northwest Ohio Military History Events.” A blog has also been set up through the society’s internet web site to update visitors of events. For state-wide Civil War remembrance information, visit, www.ohiocivilwar150.com

  • Exhibit Opened: April 2011

  • Location: Wauseon, OH, United States

  • Estimated Cost: Less than $5,000 (US)

  • Website(s):  http://www.fultoncountyhs.org

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