Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Civil War Goes High Tech in Wauconda-- Part 1

From the Feb. 3-9th Lake County (Il) Journal.

I'm going to have to check out the new exhibit in the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, Illinois, called "Civil War High Tech."

It is set to explore the war in a new light, focusing on new technology in it as opposed to battles and generals. Of course, this also coincides with the sesquicentennial of the war, the 150th anniversary.

It began Feb. 5th, and explores the revolutionary ideas in technology that changed the war, but that also become a staple in today's society.

Director of Cultural resources, Katherine Hamilton-Smith, said, "In its day, the advances that came out of the Civil War were many, not just associated with weaponry and firearms...[like] photography...and types of communication."

She continued, "It was mostly the North, the Union, that had the industrial capacity ti advance technology...[which] really enabled the Union to defeat the South."

A Place to Go Next Month. --Old B-Runner

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