Slice of Civil War history now on display

But that's only the first part of Mulligan's July 24 presentation, "How and Why Do We Remember the Civil War?" Many areas of modern life were shaped during the Civil War, he said, including paper currency, income taxes, the formation of the Associated Press and the institution of the Pledge of Allegiance.

"We remember it," Mulligan said. "We see it in the movies, we see it on television, we read books about it."

Visitors to the Association's home at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse will be treated to displays of original and recreated uniforms, weapons, documents, photos and more. Of note is Mulligan's own soldier kit, complete with tent, artillery munitions, a silver platter memorializing a local soldier and all sorts of information about American life during the war.

There are four Sunday presentations scheduled at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse, 1003 River Road. All begin at 2 p.m. and run under and hour.

Mulligan's presentation will be on July 24. On Aug. 14, Mark Bodnar will give a Powerpoint presentation called "The Civil War in Albany Rural Cemetery." He's tracked down almost 800 veterans buried in this cemetery, some from Bethlehem.

On Aug. 28, Michael Aikey, director of the NYS Military Heritage Museum, will show his Powerpoint presentation entitled "Father Abraham's Boys: When We Sent Our Children to War," exploring some of the many New Yorkers who were sent to war " more than from any other state.

On Sept. 11, Valerie Thomas will discuss "Mary Edwards Walker, MD." She was not only the first woman to qualify for the title of "doctor," but also the first woman to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The museum is always open to the public on Sundays from 2- 4 p.m., and admission is free. The Civil War exhibit will run until mid-September.""

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