Last September, just in time for the 150th we opened the new exhibit gallery in the Visitor Center Museum. This space allowed us to get some pretty cool stuff on display.
One of the real hits with visitors is the "relic pyramid"
In the years following the war a sort of relic-based folk art became popular, and the designs were quite unique.
We acquired, from Gettysburg of all places, three relic "pyramids" that had been made in the years following the battle of Antietam. All of the attached items were salvaged from the battlefield in the days before the National Park (ahem...remember that relic collecting is a prohibited activity today).
The results are pretty fantastic and we put the best of the three on display.
Here are some close-up views for you.