A traveling Civil War exhibit opens at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum in Knoxville today. “The Fiery Trial – Iowa and the Civil War” details the impact Iowa had on the Civil War. It’ll be on display from 8am-8pm Thursday and Friday, and 10am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. It’s part of the State Historical Society of Iowa’s History on the Move Program. The Rotary Club of Knoxville is helping bring the exhibit to the city. Tom Schmeh, with the Rotary Club, says the exhibit displays the impact the Civil War had on Iowa, and has a computer program that allows visitors to research Civil War Ancestors. An Iowa Civil War time governor, William M. Stone, was from Knoxville.
As part of the event, a Civil War reenactment will take place at 10am Saturday at Auld Park Organizer Carolyn Formanek says that her parents were regular parts of Civil War reenactments, and they offer a unique take on the history. The reenactment will include a skirmish and cannon demonstration, authentic weapons and clothing, and much more. A lunch will be offered during the reenactment. Iowa State Savings Bank and the Knoxville Historic Preservation Commission are sponsoring the reenactment.