Special to the Journal
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia (Nov. 7, 2013)–After years of planning, a new traveling exhibit detailing the American prisoner of war experience opens to the public on Nov. 9, at the James Earl Carter Library of Georgia Southwestern State University.
The traveling exhibit entitled “Victory From Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience,” was created by the National Park Service, in cooperation with the American Ex-Prisoners of War (AXPOW) and the Friends of Andersonville to give more citizens the opportunity to explore the American POW story. The 1,200 square foot exhibit is based on the thematic organization of the National Prisoner of War Museum, including sections on Capture, Prison Life, Those Who Wait, and Freedom, and displays artifacts and audio-visual interviews from actual prisoners of war.
This is the first stop for the traveling exhibit, but it is hoped that the exhibit will continue to travel across the country to reach people who would otherwise be unable to visit the National Prisoner of War Museum. “This traveling exhibit is really the continuing legacy of prisoners of war and is a testament to the belief that these stories should not be forgotten,” said Superintendent Brad Bennett.
Other locations for the traveling exhibit will be released to the public as they become available.
The National Park Service has also created a companion middle school or high school educational curriculum. “We are very proud to make these materials accessible to any teacher in the country,” stated Chief of Interpretation and Education Eric Leonard, “and we hope the exhibit and classroom materials will inspire a new generation of historians and history-makers.” Teachers can print the curriculum from the Andersonville National Historic Site website.
The traveling exhibit can be viewed on the first floor of the James Earl Carter Library. There is no cost for admission. For dates and hours of operation, please visit the library website at www.gsw.edu/library or call 229-931-2259.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The site features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. ¬Andersonville National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park System and serves as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with the museum opening at 9:00 a.m. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS