Monday, October 13, 2014

Organization of the Week: The Museum of the Confederacy

Every Monday, I highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of New Jersey and beyond.

This week, I am featuring the Museum of the Confederacy based in Richmond, Virginia. The museum was originally located in the Confederate White House, originally built in 1818 as the residence of Dr. John Brockenbrough, It served as the executive mansion for the Confederate States of America, 1861–1865 and was home to President Jefferson Davis and his family. After the Civil War, the mansion became a school and in 1890, the Confederate Memorial Literary Society saved the mansion from demolition. After extensive renovation, it became the Confederate Museum in 1896. In 1976, the museum moved to a new building and the house reopened furnished as it would have been during the Civil War.

The museum contains the world’s most comprehensive collection of artifacts and documents of the Confederate States of America, numbering 15,000 and includes: 5,000 domestic items, 3,000 military accouterments, 1,000 military buttons, 510 wartime flags, 300 edged weapons, 250 uniform pieces, and 250 firearms. The museum has three floors of exhibit space and hosts programming throughout the year.

The Museum of the Confederacy relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, exhibits, and special events hosted by the Museum of the Confederacy or to become a member or volunteer, please call 804-649-1861 or visit

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