Archives Awards Grant To Civil War Museum

by Julie Hill

Posted on April 26, 2011

Prospect House Founder Jay Johnson with Archives Grant certificate.

Prospect House Founder Jay Johnson with Archives Grant certificate.

Today, Archives.com awarded the Prospect House Museum a $1,000 grant to fund a community event to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The Prospect House Museum, located Battle Lake, Minnesota, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of this historic house and its priceless Civil War memorabilia.

Founder Jay Johnson's great grandfather "Cap" Colehour built the Georgian-style mansion in the early 1880's. Several years ago, Johnson discovered hundreds of Civil War artifacts including "Cap's" Spencer rifle, and the sleeves of the uniform jacket "Cap" wore when he was shot. Since then he has dedicated countless hours to sharing these treasures with Battle Lake residents and visitors by conducting daily tours through the mansion and Civil War museum.

Johnson notes, "By sharing "Cap" Colehour's house, letters, memorabilia and collections, we open a door to history. Visitors who pass through that door achieve greater understanding and appreciation for an earlier and important time in the making of our nation. The Prospect House Museum supports my dream of preserving family treasurers and sharing "Cap's" Civil War story with others. The Archives.com grant helps us open that door to all, and makes the dream a reality."

On July 24, 2011 the Prospect House Museum will be hosting a Civil War Sesquicentennial celebration event to raise awareness throughout the community. The festivities will include cannons, music, refreshments, Civil War era dress, and tours of the Civil War collections. In anticipation of the event, Johnson remarks, "By helping us hold an event commemorating the beginning of the Civil War, we can bring the enormous sacrifice to mind that young me like 'Cap' Colehour made for our nation."

Archives is proud to help the Prospect House with their mission to preserve priceless Civil War artifacts, and to bring greater awareness to this important event in American history. Congratulations to the Prospect House and its representatives, including Abby and Jay Johnson, and the Board of Directors. Visit their website to learn more about the museum and their July event commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

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