Louisiana's Civil War Museum, Patricia Ricci, Associated Press
In this undated photo provided by Louisiana's Civil War Museum, interior displays are seen at Louisianaâ€™s Civil War Museum in New Orleans. Battle flags line the walls. Uniforms, swords and long-barreled guns fill case after museum case, alongside homespun knapsacks, dented canteens and tiny framed pictures of women the soldiers left at home. In the back, where the body of Jefferson Davis once lay in state, the collection is dedicated to the onetime president of the Confederacy, complete with his top hat and fancy shoes. But 150 years after the Civil War, the little museum finds itself in another battle: like other Civil War museums, in both the north and the South, it is fighting to make the changes needed to keep it relevant to coming generations for which the war is not a memory.
NEW ORLEANS — Inside Louisiana's Civil War Museum, battle flags line the walls. Uniforms, swords and long-barreled guns fill museum cases beside homespun knapsacks, dented canteens and tiny framed pictures of wives that soldiers carried into battle.
In the back, there's a collection devoted to Jefferson Davis, one-time president of the Confederacy, complete with his top hat and fancy shoes at the spot where his body once lay in state.
But despite the detailed displays, the little museum — like others both in the North and South — fighting to make the changes and stay relevant with new generations.
For some it is becoming more diverse, for others its becoming more educational, but for all, it's costly, and they are hoping the 150th anniversary of the war will help them foot the bills.