PHOTO OPP: 'Lincoln' Movie Set Pieces at History Center Today

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February 22, 2013
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PHOTO OPP: 'Lincoln' Movie Set Pieces at History Center Today

Telegraph equipment on loan from the Morse Telegraph Club to be installed Today.

WHAT: Will "Lincoln" win Best Picture at Sunday’s Academy Awards? The debate is raging, but a bit of the movie set is making its way to the Minnesota History Center’s newest exhibit, "Minnesota and the Civil War." The items include telegraph instruments that were used in the War Department Telegraph Office and the Headquarters of the Union Armies at City Point scenes.

Today the media are invited to meet with Jim Wades, the International President of the Morse Telegraph Club, who will answer questions about the equipment and show how it is used.

The telegraph equipment will be part of a hands-on display where visitors can type messages into a computer and then hear it reproduced in morse code.

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 22, 3 p.m.

WHERE: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. West, St. Paul, MN 55102

Q&A/DEMO: Jim Wades, International President, Morse Telegraph Club

ABOUT: The Civil War divided the United States in two, left more than 750,000 dead and resulted in the release of four million people from bondage. Through nearly 200 artifacts as well as firsthand accounts drawn from letters, diaries, memoirs and reminiscences, learn about the everyday lives and the often extraordinary witness of individual Minnesotans during the war. Exhibit run dates: March 2, 2013 – Sept. 8, 2013.

An online press kit is available.