August 31, 2012
For Immediate Release:
Pry House Field Hospital Museum, Antietam National Battlefield
satellite of the
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Civil War Medicine…it’s not what you think.
Roulette Farm Artifacts Special Exhibit at Pry House
To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, the Pry House Field Hospital Museum is hosting a special exhibit of Civil War artifacts recovered from the Antietam Battlefield. The exhibit features a diverse collection of items found buried at the William Roulette Farm. The property saw heavy fighting during the battle as Union troops past through while attacking the infamous Bloody Lane, afterward using its buildings as a makeshift hospital. The farm also welcomed many veterans’ reunions in the decades after the Civil War. Today the Roulette Farm is part of Antietam National Battlefield.
The unique and impressive display is the work of Mr. George Rees, of Medina, Ohio, who personally collected hundreds of objects over several decades when the property was still a private working farm. Unlike many relic hunters, Mr. Rees’s goal was study and preservation, rather than looting or profit. Each find was carefully numbered, recorded, and researched. He considers himself a steward rather than owner of the recovered artifacts and feels it is important they can be shared with the public. Mr. Rees has invested considerable time, labor, and money to create this travelling exhibit which has been featured at a half-dozen Civil War shows around the country, winning awards at each appearance. Meticulously researched and organized, the collection helps to tell an important story of the bloodiest day in American history.
The Roulette Farm Exhibit will be on display at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum from September 1st through 29th, 2012. The Pry House will be open every day in September from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. There is no charge for the exhibit, but a donation of $3.00 per person is suggested when visiting the museum. For more information, contact Kyle Wichtendahl at 301-416-2395 or firstname.lastname@example.org.