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Seeing the Civil War

Several exhibits mark 150th anniversary

By Mark Feeney
Globe Staff / November 27, 2011
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You’d think the ongoing observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War would act as a prompt for recalling the conflict and reflecting upon its impact - except for one thing. There’s no need. The war has been and remains a constant presence in the national imagination. The subtitle of “The Civil War: Unfolding Dialogues,’’ at the Addison Gallery of American Art, acknowledges this ongoing relevance. The exhibition is one of at least five area shows honoring the anniversary.

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THE CIVIL WAR: Unfolding Dialogues

At: the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Andover Academy, 180 Main St., Andover. Through Jan. 31. 978-749-4015, www.andover.edu/ museums/addison

DISUNION! THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR 150 YEARS LATER

At: the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, through Dec. 11. 413-542-2335, www.amherst.edu/ museums/mead

HOME FRONT: Boston and the Civil War

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TORN IN TWO: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

At: the Boston Public Library, Copley Square, through Dec. 31. 617-536-5400, www.bpl.org

THE PURCHASE BY BLOOD: Massachusetts in the Civil War, 1861-1862

At: the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., through Jan. 13. 617-536-1608, www.masshist.org


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