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National Museum of Civil War Medicine Announces New Funding

National Museum of Civil War Medicine Announces New Funding

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine (NMCWM) is pleased to announce the receipt of grants from two first-time funders: the Middendorf Foundation ($10,000), the Tawani Foundation ($5000).
"This support could not have come at a better time, as we begin a major renovation and modernization project here at the Museum in preparation for the upcoming sesquicentennial of the Civil War," said NMCWM Executive Director George Wunderlich.
The NMCWM has stepped up efforts to seek out new funding sources as it prepares for the 150th anniversary of the war between the states, which is expected to generate as much as a 25% increase in visitation to Civil War sites. The commemoration will begin in 2009 with the anniversary of John Brown's raid, and end in the spring of 2015. The National Park Service, many state and local park authorities and numerous museums of this nation are now preparing a celebration of the sesquicentennial.
In anticipation of increased visitation and programming demands, and in order to attract tourists traveling to the area to visit Harpers Ferry, Gettysburg, Monocacy National Battlefield and Antietam Battlefield, the Museum is undertaking a comprehensive makeover. The improvements include upgrades to the audio and video equipment, new interpretive panels, interactive video touch screen kiosks, and the opening of a new gallery.
"The sesquicentennial anniversary is a tremendous opportunity for Frederick County and the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area," said Wunderlich. "Here at the Museum, we want to make sure we are at the very top of our game. We have worked hard to acquire much-needed additional funding and are extremely grateful to the boards and staff of these private foundations for their generosity."
The Middendorf Foundation of Baltimore funds primarily in Maryland, and supports education, cultural institutions, and historic preservation. The Tawani Foundation is located in Chicago and has a Historical Preservation of Military Heritage program to which the Museum applied.
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is the premiere repository of exhibits and artifacts devoted to the technological and procedural advances made in the medical field between 1861-1865. These changes occurred in the midst of tremendous social and economic upheaval. The Museum is committed to effectively weaving the narrative of suffering soldiers, caregivers, their families and the dramatic and innovative developments in medical treatment. The Museum utilizes its collection to heighten public awareness of the modern medical practices that originated on the battlefields and in the hospitals of this once divided country. Interactive educational programs, exhibits, seminars and lectures provide the knowledge that Civil War medicine connects us not only to our past, but is the scientific and historical link to our present and our future.
The NMCWM serves over 30,000 on and off-site visitors annually.
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is located at 48 E. Patrick Street in downtown Frederick, Maryland, and is open Monday through Saturday 10-5, and Sunday 11-5. The Museum Store carries a wide selection of educational books for the Civil War enthusiast as well as reproduction medical items for reenactors. For further information, please visit our web site at or call 301-695-1864.

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