RICHMOND – The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission has released the preliminary 2014 tour schedule for the award-winning Civil War 150 HistoryMobile. The schedule includes stops at 40 events, including a number of key anniversary programs, and builds on the success of the first three years of the HistoryMobile tour. The tour schedule is available at www.HistoryMobile.org.
The 2014 tour schedule includes appearances at a number of milestone events, including the 150th anniversaries of the battles of Trevilian Station (Louisa), Spotsylvania Court House, New Market (Shenandoah County), Crater (Petersburg), Third Winchester, and New Market Heights (Henrico).
In addition, the HistoryMobile will continue to promote Civil War tourism in Virginia by visiting a number of out-of-state locations, including events in West Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, and Mississippi.
The HistoryMobile made its debut in July 2011 at Manassas National Battlefield. Since then it has made nearly 120 tour stops, attracting approximately 130,000 visitors from every state and at least 16 other countries. The HistoryMobile has appeared at special events, county fairs, museums, and schools, and has also made several out-of-state trips, including visits to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, Antietam National Battlefield Park in Maryland, and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia.
The HistoryMobile was awarded a 2013 Leadership in History Award of Merit in September by the American Association for State and Local History. The Award of Merit is one of the nation’s most prestigious recognitions of achievement in state and local history. In addition, the Commission has received several awards for its work promoting the sesquicentennial, including an Outstanding Achievement award from the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Distinguished History Service Award from the Virginia Historical Society.
The HistoryMobile tour was scheduled to conclude in April 2015, but due to high demand and overwhelming success, it has been extended for a year and is slated to run through spring 2016.
"The HistoryMobile has been one of the most effective means of commemorating our sesquicentennial and has been a tremendous asset in developing tourism," said House Speaker William J. Howell, who serves as the Chairman of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. "People from across the United States have come to see the HistoryMobile and then are inspired to go visit battlefields and sites throughout the Commonwealth. It has been a wonderful opportunity for all who have visited, and we look forward to continuing the good work in the years to come."
The HistoryMobile is a mobile museum housed in an 18-wheel expandable tractor-trailer that draws together stories from all over Virginia and uses immersive exhibit spaces to present individual stories of the Civil War from the perspectives of those who experienced it—young and old, enslaved and free, soldier and civilian. An initiative of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, the HistoryMobile tour is managed in partnership with the Virginia Tourism Corporation and Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. The exhibit was created through a partnership between the Commission, Virginia Historical Society, and the National Park Service.
For more information on the HistoryMobile and other initiatives of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission visit www.VirginiaCivilWar.org. To plan your trip to explore Virginia’s incomparable sites related to Civil War and Emancipation in 2014 visit www.Virginia.org/CivilWar.