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COLUMBUS, Ohio. Friday, July 10, 2009 – Capital University’s Schumacher Gallery will open its fall 2009 season with Lee and Grant, an exhibit that provides a major reassessment of the lives, careers and historical impact of Civil War generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant.
Curated by William M. S. Rasmussen, Lora M. Robins Curator of Art at the Virginia Historical Society,
and Robert S. Tilton, chairman of the Department of English at University of Connecticut, Storrs, the
exhibit encourages audiences to move beyond the traditional mythology of both men and rediscover them
within the context of their own time – based on their own words and those of their contemporaries.
Lee and Grant presents photographs, paintings, prints, coins, accoutrements owned by the two men,
documents written in their own hands, and biographical and historical records to reveal each man in his
historical and cultural context, offering audiences a rare glimpse into how each man understood himself
and his place in the world.
“Visitors will enjoy discovering similarities and differences between Lee and Grant that are rarely pointed
out,” Rasmussen said. “These generals have been explored by historians for decades, but Lee and Grant is the first exhibition to present the two men together so that visitors can make decisions about them, side by side, based on facts. We hope that after they view Lee and Grant, visitors will give more thought to the
legacies of both generals.”
Lee and Grant will be on display at Capital University’s Schumacher Gallery from Wednesday, Sept. 9,
through Saturday, Oct. 17. A public reception will take place in the gallery from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
Sept. 11. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The Schumacher Gallery is located on the fourth floor of Capital University’s library. Admission is free.
For additional information, call The Schumacher Gallery at 614-236-6319.
Lee and Grant has been made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National
Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit was originally developed by the Virginia Historical Society.
It is toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance through NEH on the Road. The exhibition also will feature
special selections from the Civil War collection of the Motts Military Museum, in Groveport, Ohio.
Exhibition Name: Lee and Grant
Description: This exhibition provides a major reassessment of the lives, careers, and historical impact of
Civil War generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant. The exhibit encourages audiences to move
beyond the traditional mythology of both men and rediscover them within the context of their own time—
based on their own words and those of their contemporaries.
Organized By: Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia
Toured By: Mid-America Arts Alliance through NEH on the Road
Curators: Dr. William M. S. Rasmussen, Lora M. Robins Curator of Art, Virginia Historical Society and
Dr. Robert S. Tilton, Chairman of the Department of English, University of Connecticut, Storrs
Commentary: “This exhibition is more than a study of Lee and Grant," states co-curator Dr. William M.
S. Rasmussen. “These generals have come to symbolize the two regions that fought the Civil War—each
was a product of his region and his rearing. When we investigate the values that they championed and
their decisions, which literally changed the course of this country's history, we discover the sectional
legacies that many contemporary Americans have inherited from southern gentry and from Yankee selfmade