On the Home Front: New York in the Civil War

Home from the War
.  Harpers Weekly Newspaper Print.  June 13, 1863. Collection of Dr. Jay G. Williams.

September 8–December 30, 2012

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Fenimore presents On the Home Front: New York in the Civil War.

Even though no battles were fought in the area, the Civil War was reflected in all aspects of everyday life in upstate New York. Military and patriotic themes appeared in children’s toys, home decorations, and even women’s clothing. On the Home Front offers a multitude of rare artifacts, artwork, photographs, and clothing from the museum’s collection, which detail these elements, including items from upstate New York regiments.