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"The Civil War in Art: Teaching and Learning through Chicago Collections" is intended to help teachers and students learn about the Civil War—its causes and effects—and connect to the issues, events, and people of the era through works of art.

The website was initiated, funded, and developed by the Chicago-based Terra Foundation for American Art in acknowledgement of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War (1861–1865). From 2010 to 2012, the Terra Foundation collaborated with six Chicago cultural organizations on the project. Each partner contributed images from its collection along with written descriptions, questions for discussion, and additional reading sources. Content specialists from DePaul University curated the selection of objects and wrote the Exhibit texts and selected object descriptions. Terra Foundation staff contributed to the writing and editing of the Exhibit texts, object descriptions, and other content in collaboration with the partners and content specialists.


The Art Institute of Chicago
Principal Contributors: Sarah Alvarez, Director of Teacher Programs, Department of Museum Education; Glennda Jensen, Teacher Programs Assistant
Contributors from Museum Education: Karin Jacobson, Coordinator of Docent Program; Robin Schnur, Director of Student Programs; David Stark, Interim Woman's Board Endowed Executive Director of Museum Education
Contributors from Curatorial: Judith Barter, Field-McCormick Chair and Curator of American Art; Ellen Roberts, Associate Curator of American Art; Elizabeth Siegel, Associate Curator of Photography; Martha Tedeschi, Prince Trust Curator of Prints and Drawings

Chicago History Museum
Olivia Mahoney, Senior Curator
Phyllis Rabineau, Vice President of Interpretation & Education
Kate McCarter, Intern

Chicago Park District
Julia Bachrach, Department of Planning and Development

Chicago Public Library
Elizabeth M. Holland, Museum Specialist, Special Collections and Preservation Division
Glenn Humphreys, Librarian, Special Collections and Preservation Division
The following people also contributed to the project: Angela Holtzman, Carol LeBras, Laura Morgan, Leslie Patterson, Bob Sloane, Will Sumner, and Teresa Yoder

The DuSable Museum of African American History
Charles Bethea, Chief Operating Officer
Jacqueline K. Dace, Collections Manager

The Newberry Library
Rachel Rooney, Director, Professional Development Programs for Teachers
Phonshia Nie, Intern, Teacher Programs through the Center for Civic Engagement at Northwestern University/Ph.D. candidate in History at Northwestern University
Maggie Grossman, Intern, Scholl Center for American History and Culture

Terra Foundation for American Art
Jenny Siegenthaler, Program Director, Education Grants and Initiatives (Project Director)
Eleanore Neumann, Program and Communications Associate (Project Manager)
Sara Jatcko, Program Associate, Education Grants and Initiatives (Content Manager/Contributor)
Carley Moseley, Grants and Programs Intern (Contributor)
The following people also contributed to the project: Peter John Brownlee, Associate Curator; and Annelise Madsen, former Curatorial Assistant

Content Specialists
Mark Pohlad, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture and Associate Dean of the Liberal Studies Program, DePaul University
Margaret Storey, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, DePaul University

Website Development
Website developed by Sandbox Studios
Scott Sayre, principal, Sandbox Studios, contributed to the concept for the website with input from Kris Wetterlund, principal, Sandbox Studios
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Other Contributors
The following individuals provided guidance during the early stages of the project:
Nancy Cortés, formerly with the Office of Arts Education, Chicago Public Schools
Martin Moe, Lead Social Science Specialist, Department of Literacy-Social Science Education, Chicago Public Schools
Frank Valadez, Executive Director, Chicago Metro History Education Center

Map Credit: A detail of the map, "Principal Cities of the United States (1856)," by S.S. Cornell, is used as a design element throughout the website, courtesy of the Birmingham (AL) Public Library. To see the complete map, visit their website.

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