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Thunder in the Valley

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Experience History on the Move with HistoryMobile at Virginia Horse Center - Sept. 13-14, 2014

Written by: Courtesy of Client
Client: Virginia Horse Center Foundation
Release Date: 2014-08-13

Lexington, VA - August 13, 2014 - History is on the move in Virginia as the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile rolls into the Virginia Horse Center for a two day visit Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14, 2014. The exhibit, an initiative of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, willbe open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission to the HistoryMobile is free.

This event is presented as part of the Rockbridge County’s Thunder in the Valley and the county’s 250th birthday commemoration. The HistoryMobile exhibit will also include a living history encampment, guest speakers and Rockbridge County’s own historical display celebrating its 250 years.

The HistoryMobile uses immersive spaces and interactive exhibits to draw together stories of the Civil War and emancipation from the viewpoints of those who experienced it across Virginia—young and old, enslaved and free, soldier and civilian.

Visitors will encounter history in ways they may have never experienced before. The HistoryMobile exhibit is divided into four sections: Battlefront, Homefront, Journey to Freedom and Loss-Gain-Legacy. From the bewildering sense of chaos experienced by soldiers, to the last letter written by a dying son to his father after sustaining a mortal wound, to a hushed conversation between a husband and wife considering the great risks and rewards of fleeing to freedom, the HistoryMobile presents the stories of real people in Virginia whose lives were shaped by the historic events of the 1860s, and invites visitors to imagine, “What would you do?”

The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile crosses the state visiting museums, schools and special events. Its tour began in July 2011, and since then it has made over 120 stops and attracted visitors from every state and a number of other countries.

In addition to learning more about Virginia's history, the HistoryMobile also provides visitors with information from Virginia Tourism about the many historic sites and destinations that they can explore today. Interactive maps and touch-screen kiosks located at the HistoryMobile help visitors to easily plan their next trip.

The HistoryMobile was named a 2013 Leadership in History Award of Merit winner by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in the collection, preservation and interpretation of state and local history. The Award of Merit is one of the nation’s most prestigious recognitions of achievement in state and local history.

The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission was created by the General Assembly to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Virginia. In addition to the HistoryMobile, the Commission sponsors programs that include a major gallery exhibition that will be installed at seven museums across Virginia, a statewide document digitization program, a highly- acclaimed annual Signature Conference series, an Emmy-nominated documentary, and much more.

More information on the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile and the initiatives of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission can be found at For information on visiting Civil War sites throughout Virginia go to


Media contact:
Cheryl Jackson
Executive Director, Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission Office
Phone:(804) 786-3591, ext. 276
Mobile: (804) 205-0788
High-resolution images of the HistoryMobile can be downloaded at:


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