The American Soldier, A Photographic Tribute From The Civil War To Iraq will be on exhibit at the St. Petersburg Museum of History March through June 2014. The exhibit is an extraordinary collection of photographs that capture the essence of the American soldier over more than 150 years.
The photographs cover America at war beginning with the Civil War and running through the Spanish-American War, Boxer Rebellion, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq. The exhibit captures the danger, frustration, humor, beauty, camaraderie, death and victory that the American soldier encountered in his or her odyssey through history.
Scott Macksam, a member of the Board of Trustees of the St. Petersburg Museum of History and a recited Army officer, was instrumental in bringing this exhibit to Florida. Macksam said, “I invite all active military, veterans, families and young people to visit this exhibit in order to honor, recognize and show appreciation of our nation’s soldiers, past and present.”
The show is coming to Florida for the first time from the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. This traveling exhibit has drawn in over one million visitors. Macksam added, “I saw this exhibit three years ago at Ft. Knox and wanted it to come to our area.”
The exhibit is curated by Cyma Rubin who curated and produced the highly successful exhibition, Capture the Moment, The Pulitzer Prize Photographs.
The St. Petersburg Museum of History was founded in 1922. Since that time, the museum has sought to preserve the history of St. Petersburg. The museum has featured world-class exhibits such as Schrader’s Little Cooperstown and the Flight One/Benoist.
The St. Petersburg Museum of History is located on St. Petersburg’s beautiful downtown waterfront at 335 2nd Ave. NE. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Admission costs $15. For more information on this exhibit and others, please call 727-894-1052 or visit www.spmoh.org.