An interactive exhibit, “A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri,” will open at the William S. Harney Mansion in Sullivan this Saturday, Aug. 30, and remain on display through Oct. 26.

Hours for Saturday are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food and drink will be available for purchase throughout the day.

“We want to invite our surrounding and local communities to come and enjoy the day’s events,” stated Debbie Depew, chairperson for this exhibit. “There will also be displays of local stories of Franklin County during the war and of Price’s Raid through the area 150 ago in 1864, as well as vintage clothing and quilts.

“We are very excited to have the Turner brigade encampment re-enacting the everyday life of Union soldiers as well as Melinda Twyman, a local resident who will be sharing her collection of cast iron and campfire cooking.”

Mountain Man Tom Hood will display mid-19th century weaponry and artifacts. Mike Watson, sutler, will have Civil War ammunition on display as well as give demonstrations on making hand-rolled, tied cartridges as used during the Civil War.

Steve Laubinger will share his vintage tools and implements, and at noon Kathy Summers and the Windy Ridge Bluegrass band will perform. Along with the exhibit Sue Blesi has created some great story boards depicting the Civil War in Franklin County.

Learn about the different facets of the war through displays; “A Soldier’s Life,” “Slavery in Missouri,” “Divided Loyalties” and “A War of No Quarter,” with its own interactive media unit. See what everyday military life was like between the battles, the face of slavery in Missouri and the impact of divided loyalties within a family and also the destructiveness of plundering Confederate “Bushwackers.”

All events at the exhibit this weekend are free. Other events throughout the next six weeks will be published.

The display will be open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. Groups can make arrangements for tours by contacting Debbie Depew at, 314-807-3967, or Myrl Bledsoe at, 573-468-6847.

This exhibit is made possible by a partnership between the Missouri History Museum and the Missouri Humanities Council. It is sponsored by the Bank of Sullivan, Harney Mansion Foundation, Sullivan Area Arts Council, the Sullivan Independent News and the Missouri Arts Council.