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The American Soldier

Now on exhibit at the Ohio History Center in Columbus, The American Soldier features more than 100 spectacular photographs dating from the Civil War to the War in Iraq. But hurry -- The American Soldier closes May 28.

Captures the Gamut of Experiences and Emotions
Anger and frustration, humor and beauty, camaraderie and death, victory and defeat -- the journey of Americans at war runs the gamut of experiences and emotions. The American Soldier: A Photographic Tribute From the Civil War to Iraq is a tribute to the American soldier that also highlights the way in which photography and photographers have shaped our view of history over the past 150 years.

Since the Civil War, cameras have been notebooks for history and photographers have inspired us to reflect on the sacrifices soldiers have made and are still making today in Afghanistan and Iraq. Perhaps even more remarkable is the way photographers have forever shaped the way we think about what it means to fight but also why we fight, as well as what the words courage, patriotism and justice really mean.

Exquisitely Produced Images Portray Harrowing Challenges
The exhibit comprises 116 enlarged photographs taken during the Civil War, Spanish American War, Boxer Rebellion, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, the war in Afghanistan and in the streets of Baghdad. They portray soldiers' harrowing challenges in situations in which few of us ever find ourselves.

Exquisitely produced images of everyone from veterans to green recruits put viewers into a wide range of experiences that soldiers face in the line of duty. Some of the photographs offer direct, one-on-one eye contact with soldiers, some place viewers in intense moments of combat and others simply say more than a thousand words ever could.

Curated by Cyma Rubin
Curated and produced by Cyma Rubin, who brought the popular exhibit Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs to the Ohio History Center in 2008, The American Soldier is sponsored by Business of Entertainment, Inc.; EADS North America, second-largest aerospace and defense company in the world; the John B. Stetson Co.; ArmorSource LLC; Conestoga; The Columbus Dispatch; Ohio Magazine; and 104.9 The River.

Click here to learn more about The American Soldier.

Planning Your Visit
The Ohio History Center museum is open Wednesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays noon-5 p.m. Ohio History Center museum admission is $10/adult; $9/senior (age 60+); $5/youth (ages 6-12); Free/Ohio Historical Society member; Free/child (age 5 and under). Click here or call 800.686.6124 for more information about visiting the Ohio History Center. Click here to see what else is going on at the Ohio History Center in coming weeks.

Detail of a photo illustrating that, during the Civil War, some families accompanied the men to camps. Photo of a New York National Guardsman saying goodbye to his sweetheart as his regiment leaves for Camp Wadsworth in South Carolina, c. 1917. War Department. Photo of American servicemen and women celebrating in the streets of Paris on V-J Day, the day Japan surrendered, ending world War II, Aug. 14, 1945. Stars and Stripes. Photo of a baby greeting his aunt for the first time at the soldier’s homecoming in Sacramento, Calif. The sergeant had served 15 months in Iraq. Renee C. Byer/Sacramento Bee.
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