Eastern Illinois University Logo
Historical Administration MA |

Class Exhibit 2012-2013


Apply Now

Why Choose Historical Administration at EIU



Graduate Assistantship


Graduate Coordinator

Program Partners


History Undergraduate Program

Contact Us


This year marks part of the 150th anniversary of the US Civil War. To help our community reflect on and interpret those historic events, the Historical Administration class plans to build an exhibit on the Illinois Civil War Soldier.

Springfield Artifact Trip

We titled this year's exhibit:

Experiences of the Illinois Civil War Soldier: Reflections through Art and Artifact

Pictured right is a sneak peek of some of the artifacts we hope to incorporate from the Illinois State Military Museum.

The planning process for our exhibit breaks down into several steps. Throughout the fall 2012 semester we worked on survey evaluations, a design brief, preliminary label outline, scale model, budgeting, artifact selection, and a schematic design. In December, we completed an exhibit narrative with updated floor plans, drawings, and a first draft of the label copy.

Class 2012-2013 Exhibit Planning

The exhibit focuses on some common themes in soldiers' experiences such as time spent in camp, on the battlefield, and in prisons. The conclusion will reflect on the aftermath of the war and its remembrance in the decades shortly after.

To the left, members of the HA class gather around the exhibit model and discuss design options in the lab.

This spring, we look forward to finalizing our label copy and eventually beginning construction. The exhibit opens April 13, 2013 and runs through July 7, 2013 in the E-Gallery of the Tarble Arts Center on EIU's campus.

In the meantime, follow class members online to explore Civil War history and gear up for the exhibit:

"Like" and follow our exhibit's Facebook page.

See Civil War art and photography on Tumblr.

Discover moments in the lives of Illinois soldiers on Twitter.

Official Exhibit Website:

Civil War Exhibit Website