In this video, ACWM Board Chairman Ed Ayers, CEO Christy Coleman, and Foundation President Waite Rawls discuss Richmond's important role in the Civil War, our work and our goals for the future.
In November 2013, The Museum of the Confederacy and The American Civil War Center consolidated operations to create a new organization, The American Civil War Museum. Its mission: “to be the preeminent center for the exploration of the American Civil War and its legacies from multiple perspectives: Union and Confederate, enslaved and free African Americans, soldiers and civilians.”
This new Museum possesses an unrivaled collection of Civil War art, artifacts and research materials, which will be showcased in a new facility in Richmond, Virginia.
The American Legacy Campaign has been launched to enable The American Civil War Museum to use its consolidated resources to provide newly designed, authentic, interactive and emotionally compelling experiences to diverse audiences, from school children, scholars and Civil War buffs, to family tourists from across the nation and around the world. A new, 28,500 square-foot museum facility will be built along the James River, at the historic site of Tredegar Iron Works. Tredegar ranked as the third largest foundry in the U.S. and was one of the Confederacy's most important industrial sites. It was critical in the Confederacy's decision to move its capital to Richmond after Virginia seceded, and was one of the major reasons for repeated Northern campaigns to capture Richmond and end the War.
In addition to greatly expanding offerings and exhibits at the Historic Tredegar site, the campaign provides for improvements to the White House of the Confederacy - the executive residence of Jefferson Davis and his family - and enhancements to the Museum's Appomattox site.
History matters, and the American Civil War is critical to understanding the past and the present. Understanding and appreciating its causes and legacies is vital to understanding our nation and world today. The American Civil War Museum is unparalleled in its ability to foster modern conversations about the Civil War and its legacies. Through its exhibits and programs, its research and encouragement of historical scholarship, and its dedication to preserving and understanding the past, the Museum will stand as a gift to the nation that explores the causes, courses and legacies of the War for generations to come.