The National Civil War Chaplains Research Center and Museum Foundation announces the establishment of The National Civil War Chaplain’s Research Center and Museum
October 4, 2005
It is with great pleasure that The National Civil War Chaplains Research Center and Museum Foundation announces the establishment of The National Civil War Chaplain’s Research Center and Museum.
Liberty University will lease the Foundation up to 10,000 square feet of space for housing the Research Center and Museum, which is targeted to open not later than the fall of 2007. Provision of this space is contingent on a successful capital campaign to raise the funds to build out the space, move the donated collections into the space, and properly exhibit the various items in the donated collections.
The mission of the National Civil War Chaplains Research Center and Museum is to educate the public about the role of chaplains and religious organizations in the Civil War; to promote the continuing study of the many methods of dissemination of religious doctrine and moral teachings during the War; to preserve religious artifacts; and to present interpretive programs that show the influence of religion on the lives of political and military personnel.
This museum and research center will be unique in that there is no other comparable entity dedicated to the chaplains of the Civil War.
The focuses of the Research Center and Museum will be on:
Union and Confederate Protestant Chaplains
Union and Confederate Catholic Chaplains
Union Jewish Chaplains
Union and Confederate African-American Chaplains
Union and Confederate Religious Organizations
Union and Confederate Religious Publications
Religion and Political Leaders of the Union and the Confederacy
Religion and Military Leaders of the Union and the Confederacy
Religion and the Common Soldiers of the Union and the Confederacy
Religion and the Public Sectors of the Union and the Confederacy
The areas within the Research Center and Museum will include:
Visitor’s Reception Area
100 Seat Video Theater for Chaplains/Religion in Civil War Videos
Re-enactors’ Mission for Jesus Christ Display
The members of Board of Trustees for the Foundation and the Research Center and Museum are:
Kenny Rowlette, Associate Professor of English, Liberty University—Director
Rev. Alan Farley, Director, Re-enactors Mission for Jesus Christ—Curator
Donald R. Leslie, CPA, MBA—Treasurer
Dr. Cline Hall, Associate Professor of History, Liberty University
William E. McRorie, Attorney at Law
Dr. Harold Willmington, Dean, Liberty Bible Institute, Liberty University
Jerry Falwell, Jr., Vice-Chancellor, Liberty University
The Board of Advisors for the Museum are:
The Honorable Kathy Byron, Delegate from the 22nd VA House District
The Honorable Virgil Goode, Representative of the 5th District of VA to the US House of Representatives
Rod Gragg, Nationally Renowned Civil War Author
Terry Jamerson, Publisher, The Lynchburg News and Advance
Dr. Ervin, Jordan, UVA Records Manager & Research Archivist, The University of Virginia
Dr. D. James Kennedy, Pastor, Coral Ridge Ministries, Florida
Dr. James I. Robertson, Alumni Distinguished Professor of History, Virginia Tech
Marc Schewel, CEO Schewel’s Furniture
Dr. David Valuska, Professor of History Emeritus, Kutztown State University.
Dr. Steven E. Woodworth, Professor of History, Texas Christian University
Al Stone, Nationally Noted Robert E. Lee Re-enactor
Rev. Lloyd Sprinkle, Sprinkle Publications, Inc.
Don Troiani, Nationally Renowned Civil War Artist
The National Civil War Chaplains Research Center and Museum Foundation will be supported by individual contributions and grants.
All donations or inquiries can be sent to the following:
The National Civil War Chaplains Research
Center and Museum Foundation
PO Box 11182
Lynchburg, VA 24506
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