Civil War Talk Radio: November 17, 2006

Air Date: 111706
Subject: More Than Old Baldy
Museum:  The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia
Guest: John C. Rumm

Summary: Dr. John C. Rumm is the Executive Director of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, the oldest Civil War museum in the country, and one with a very promising future.

Brett’s Summary: This was an interesting hour.  I listened to this one on my way home from work in April 2009.  Dr. Rumm described the origins of the Philadelphia Museum of Civil War History.  It was founded by members of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS).  Eventually MOLLUS members started collecting books and relics and stored them there.  The Museum has undergone some name changes over the years, but it changed over from a private to a public museum in the 1970s, according to Dr. Rumm.  Gerry and Dr. Rumm had a nice conversation about how to draw the public in and teach them something about Civil War history.  He focuses on personal stories of the war to get people to think about and relate to the people whose stories he tells.  In this way he can get people to think about and to begin to understand what life was like during this great national tragedy.

Civil War Talk Radio airs most Fridays at 12 PM Pacific on World Talk Radio Studio A. Host Gerry Prokopowicz, the History Chair at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, interviews a guest each week and discusses their interest in the Civil War. Most interviews center around a book or books if the guest is an author. Other guests over the years have included public historians such as park rangers and museum curators, wargamers, bloggers, and even a member of an American Civil War Round Table located in London, England.

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