North Carolina Civil War and Reconstruction History Center

The overall goal of the North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center (NCCWRHC) is to create a comprehensive portrait of North Carolina history that spans the Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods. Eisterhold Associates, Inc. (EAI) completed the Interpretive and Digital Master Plan for the new facility in November 2012, and has recently been re-engaged to develop content.

The North Carolina Civil War History Center will take Civil War history to a new level. Centered on the state’s home front rather than the war, it delves into the stories and cause-and-effect relationships among the peoples, the lands, and the laws of North Carolina during the Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods of American History. The Center also features a Prologue gallery, which actively assesses visitor assumptions and beliefs up-front, and ends with an Epilogue gallery, which revisits those assumptions and beliefs after having experienced the exhibit. Upon exit, visitors are encouraged to explore the “Enduring Conflicts” gallery, which encourages open, positive discussion and debate on today’s issues, using the exhibit issues as a springboard for discussions.

The Digital Master Plan was created and designed to extend the reach of the Center beyond its walls in accordance with government-mandated objectives to be accessible to state-wide audiences. The plan includes an online “virtual museum,” which goes beyond the typical museum website to translate the learning objectives for the digital realm, and provide online learning and immersive experiences for classrooms and virtual audiences.