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From: "John L. Maurath" <>
Subject: [MOATCHIS] New................Missouri Civil War Museum
Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 00:46:41 -0500


Dear Atchison County Mail List,




In 2002, a grassroots group of Missouri businessmen and citizens formed
the "Missouri Civil War Museum, Library and Research Center", a 501(c)(3)
non-profit, charitable organization. This organization, preserving the
story of both sides of the American Civil War in Missouri and without
bias to either side, is dedicated to the preservation and study of
Missouri and its involvement in the American Civil War. While attempts
were made to locate centrally in the State, the opportunity arose to
locate instead at Historic Jefferson Barracks near St. Louis, the oldest,
active military base west of the Mississippi River since 1826. To learn
more about the history of Jefferson Barracks, the military gateway to the
west, visit http://www.mcwm.org/history_jbtimeline.html


In 2003, the group acquired the old "Officer's Post Exchange and
Gymnasium Building" at Jefferson Barracks, a beautiful old Federal-style
building, built between 1903 and 1905, which is currently being
refurbished to it's original state, and which will become the Missouri
Civil War Museum. The group also acquired the neighboring, smaller
officer's post exchange building, which was built during World War I in
1918, and which is being refurbished to it's original state for use as
the Missouri Civil War Library and Research Center. To date, over 2000
volumes have already been collected for the library. Membership in the
organization is quickly growing and is now over 400 members. To learn
more about the Missouri Civil War Museum, Library and Research Center,
please visit http://www.mcwm.org


Big plans are underway throughout the State of Missouri and at Jefferson
Barracks, in anticipation of the many ceremonies and commemorances being
planned for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in 2011 (only 2 short
years away). The Civil War is still considered to be one of the most
popular subjects in America, and State Tourism has stated that Civil War
sites are still one of the biggest tourist draws. Jefferson Barracks is
currently going through a great renovation/revamping phase. The whole of
the approximately 2000-acre Jefferson Barracks campus will become a
destination for military historians from all over the country, with
museums throughout Jefferson Barracks dedicated to all of the various
wars. Thus, with the expected influx of visitors from all over the
country, and most probably also from foreign countries to Jefferson
Barracks, the Missouri Civil War Museum, Library and Research Center will
be in a vital position to help direct visitors interested in Civil War
history to other key Civil War sites located throughout the State of
Missouri, including the well-known Civil War sites at Wilson's Creek
(near Springfield), Pilot Knob (Fort Davidson), Westport (Kansas City),
Cape Girardeau, Belmont, Palmyra, Lexington, Carthage, Nevada, Jefferson
City, St. Louis and the many other Civil War sites throughout the State
of Missouri.


The Missouri Civil War Museum (MCWM) wants the story of every county
told, and wants every County in the State accounted for and represented
at the museum. And, they are working on creating links from their
website to the Civil War link of every County in the Missouri GENWEB
system. As most of you know, soldier's military records and pension
records, can sometimes contain a great wealth of family and genealogical
information, often solving many of those "brick walls" and "dead ends".
The MCWM hopes to some day have a file created for every Missouri soldier
from every county, including military records and pension records, and
this will include soldiers from other states who served in Missouri, or
who lived in Missouri after the war, and/or who are buried in Missouri
soil. If you would like to help, please send any information or pictures
you have about any Civil War soldiers to the MCWM. Also, if you, or
anyone you know, has Civil War artifacts or books (and especially Civil
War books about your particular county), please consider donating them to
the MCWM. All donations are tax-deductible and appropriate paperwork is
supplied to the donor, and staff members will make arrangements to pick
these items up from you, if you can't deliver or ship them.


Despite the tough times, good things are happening, and this memorial to
our Missouri Civil War ancestors is long overdue. Here's a chance to
make Missouri history and help preserve the memory of our Missouri Civil
War ancestors. Please consider spreading the word about the Missouri
Civil War Museum, and if you really want to help, please consider
becoming a member at
http://www.mcwm.org/imgs/Museum%20Membership%20Form.pdf (put to the
attention of "John")

This is an approximately $2 million dollar project, with $1 million
already into the project The Missouri Civil War Museum, Library and
Research Center needs only $500,000 to complete the first phase in order
to open to the public. If you know an investor angel, please have them
contact museum Chairman Mark Trout, and his contact information is at
www.mcwm.org


For those who don't have computer access, please send us their names and
addresses and we'll mail information to them.


Thanks for letting us have the time and space here on your mail list.


Sincerely,
John


John Maurath
Missouri Civil War Museum at Historic Jefferson Barracks
222 Worth Rd
Jefferson Barracks, MO. 63125
www.mcwm.org


MCWM phone number 314-845-1861
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