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Civil War in Benton County: Untold Stories

The Rogers Historical Museum presents the upcoming exhibit “Civil War in Benton County: Untold Stories.” The exhibit will be on show in the Trammel Gallery May 7 - November 12, 2022.

Saturday, May 7, 2022 to Saturday, November 12, 2022
10:00am to 4:00pm
Rates/Admission Prices

Free admission

Rogers Historical Museum
322 S. Second Street
Rogers, AR 72756
Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 4pm

Learn about some of the true stories of bushwhacker attacks, food shortages and other daily life and death challenges for Benton County civilians in a war-torn land on the edge of the American frontier. This exhibit shares personal accounts from letters, local family histories and other documents detailing experiences of daily life during the Civil War period. 

According to Monte Harris, Programs Educator for the Rogers Historical Museum and researcher for the Civil War exhibit, there is much to learn about the civilian side of the war. Civil War narratives have often been more about the military aspects of war than the everyday life of citizens. She says, “learning about the people who lived during the time of the Civil War enables us to better understand a period of American history that continues to haunt our state and national persona.” 

The exhibit will feature fascinating artifacts including a section of the Ruddick family coverlet that survived the Battle of Pea Ridge, and letters, documents, and clothing from Civil War-era Benton County. Presented together with selected stories of local importance, the exhibit will tell the stories of a number of people, enslaved and free, men, women, and children that survived the Civil War in Benton County.