Growing up in a western Cavalry town where many Civil War veterans were stationed after the War, my interest in the Civil War goes back to my early childhood days. Our schools do not do it justice in the lessons they provide about the War, but this Museum can transform a boring history lesson into a life-altering event. The exhibits are authentic, and there is a wonderful library full of information on the upper level.. There were hardships and tragedy for those who lived in the South as well as in the North and this era had the potential to divide our nation permanently. I believe the Civil War was the most dangerous period in the history of the United States for its government as well as its people. Before judging who was wrong or right, or assuming the War was a waste of time and money, citizens need to become familiar with the hardships and tragedies endured by people of both the North and the South, and this is the place to do that. An essential history lesson for all.