History of the Civil War Museum
of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library -
Captain Thomas Espy Post No. 153,
Grand Army of the Republic

View of Civil War Museum

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Addresses for this History Web Site:
History of the Civil War Museum of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library -
Captain Thomas Espy Post Number 153, Grand Army of the Republic:
< http://garespypost.tripod.com >
Electronic Mail Regarding This History Web Site: < garespypost@andrewcarnegie.cc >

Internet addresses for Official Web Site of the Civil War Museum of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, Carnegie, Pennsylvania -
Captain Thomas Espy Post Number 153, Grand Army of the Republic
(co-sponsored by the Ninth Pennsylvania Reserves Civil War Reenactment Group
and the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, Carnegie, Pennsylvania):

< http://www.carnegiecarnegie.org/civilwarroom.html >

and

< http://www.carnegiecarnegie.org/espycollection.html >


Recent Events of the Civil War Museum

Recent News Regarding the Civil War Era

Public Visiting Hours: 1999 July through 2000 June *** Current Visiting Hours

Museum Location

Requested Donation for Museum Tour

History of Post and Museum

Program from 25th Anniversary Celebration of the
Captain Thomas Espy Post
December 31, 1904

Other Historic Espy Post Manuscripts

Photographs of Post and Museum

Inventory of Original Museum Artifacts --

Original Inventory Booklet Published in 1911

Transcribed Inventory, with Updates


Additional Civil War Artifacts Donations Received

Artifacts From Other American Wars
at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library

Public Visiting Hours (1999 July through 2000 June)

Current Visiting Hours

NOTE: The Wednesday evening tours, begun in July of 1999, have been so successful, Wednesday evening tours will now continue throughout the year, except for holidays. Since these tours are given by volunteer Docents, whose employment schedules may vary, it would be advisable to telephone the Library[(412) 276-3456] on the afternoon of the Wednesday you wish to visit, prior to that Wednesday evening.

SPECIAL NOTE: NO CIVIL WAR MUSEUM TOURS ON THE WEDNESDAY EVENING BEFORE THANKSGIVING DAY;
this particular Wednesday, the Andrew Carnegie Free Library closes, early, at 5:00 p.m.

January, February, March -
Every Wednesday evening: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.[18:00 to 20:00 Eastern Standard Time]
[Note: the last tour begins at 7:30 p.m.(19:30 Eastern Standard Time)]

ALSO First Saturday of month:
12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m.[12:00 to 15:00 Eastern Standard Time]


April -
Every Wednesday evening: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.[18:00 to 20:00 Eastern Time]
[Note: the last tour begins at 7:30 p.m.(19:30 Eastern Time)]

May, June, July, August -

Every Wednesday evening: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.[18:00 to 20:00 Eastern Daylight Saving Time]
[Note: the last tour begins at 7:30 p.m.(19:30 Eastern Daylight Saving Time)]

September -

Every Wednesday evening: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.[18:00 to 20:00 Eastern Daylight Saving Time]
[Note: the last tour begins at 7:30 p.m.(19:30 Eastern Daylight Saving Time)]

ALSO Friday and Saturday after Labor Day:
12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m.[12:00 to 15:00 Eastern Daylight Saving Time]

October -

Every Wednesday evening: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.[18:00 to 20:00 Eastern Time]
[Note: the last tour begins at 7:30 p.m.(19:30 Eastern Time)]

November -

Every Wednesday evening: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.[18:00 to 20:00 Eastern Standard Time]
[Note: the last tour begins at 7:30 p.m.(19:30 Eastern Standard Time)]
SPECIAL NOTE: No Civil War Museum Tours on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving Day;
the Andrew Carnegie Free Library closes, early, at 5:00 p.m.(17:00 Eastern Standard Time).

ALSO First Saturday of month:
12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m.[12:00 to 15:00 Eastern Standard Time]

December -

Every Wednesday evening: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.[18:00 to 20:00 Eastern Standard Time]
[Note: the last tour begins at 7:30 p.m.(19:30 Eastern Standard Time)]

ALSO First Saturday of month:
12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m.[12:00 to 15:00 Eastern StandardTime]

Other times by appointment - contact Glenn A. Walsh:

By Telephone (412) 561-7876 or
By Electronic Mail andrcarn@alphaclp.clpgh.org.

Requested Donation for Museum Tour

Adults - $1.00
Children (age 12 and under) - Free of charge



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Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall
300 Beechwood Avenue
Carnegie, Pennsylvania 15106-2699
Telephone: (412) 276-3456
Telefacsimile: (412) 276-9472

Internet -

Electronic Mail Addresses--
This History Web Site: < gar@andrewcarnegie.cc >
Official Library Web Site: < andrcarn@alphaclp.clpgh.org >
Internet, World Wide Web Sites--
This History Web Site: < http://garespypost.tripod.com >
Official Library Web Site: < http://www.carnegiecarnegie.org/ >

Directions/Free Parking for Civil War Museum,
Library, Discount Bookstore, and Music Hall

Disclaimer Statement

Address for this Web Site:
History of the Civil War Museum of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library -
Captain Thomas Espy Post Number 153, Grand Army of the Republic:
http://garespypost.tripod.com
Electronic Mail Regarding This History Web Site: gawalsh@andrewcarnegie.cc

Address for Official Web Site of the Civil War Museum of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library -
Captain Thomas Espy Post Number 153, Grand Army of the Republic
(co-sponsored by the Ninth Pennsylvania Reserves Civil War Reenactment Group
and the Andrew Carnegie Free Library):

http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~jw3u/round/garroom.htm


Recent Events of the Civil War Museum

Wilson Fuoco, Linda. "Photo exhibits in Carnegie mark 150th anniversary of Civil War battle."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011 April 7.
Pitz, Marylynne. "Civil War mystery: Do you recognize anyone in this photograph?"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011 April 3.
Iconic photograph of Civil War veterans at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, Pennsylvania.
"Espy Post members."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2011 April 3.
Oster, Doug. "Capt. Thomas Espy Post Video." Blog: Gardening with Doug.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2011 April 3.

Bauder, Bob. "Pittsburgh, Lincoln crossed paths in trip to D.C."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2011 Feb. 13.

"Some organizations are tapping private sources of money. Diane Klinefelter, director of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library in Carnegie, said the Massey Charitable Trust of Bridgeville is providing the funding for a full schedule of events April 30 at the library and for nearby Carnegie Park's Civil War living history weekend, expanded this year because of the anniversary.
"The library is home to a rare Civil War veterans meeting room known as the Captain Thomas Espy Post No. 153 of the Grand Army of the Republic, which has been fully restored."

Wilson Fuoco, Linda. "Lincoln portraits on display at renovated post in Carnegie."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2010 Feb. 11.
As part of celebration for reopening of Civil War Museum of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, Pennsylvania.

Shaw, Kurt. "Art illustrates an amazing life of James J. White."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2010 Jan. 24.
"He also cataloged all of the objects in the collection of the Captain Thomas Espy Grand Army of the Republic Post No. 153 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library in Carnegie."

"Our American Cousin" Theater Benefit
Commemorating the 135th Anniversary
of the Assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
The Weekend of April 14, 15, & 16, 2000(the weekend before Easter Sunday)

Our American Cousin,
the historic play during which President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated,

performed on the weekend of --
Friday, April 14, 2000 - 8:00 p.m.(EDST)
Saturday, April 15, 2000 - 8:00 p.m.(EDST)
Sunday, April 16, 2000 - 2:00 p.m.(EDST)

To benefit artifact restoration in the
Captain Thomas Espy Post Number 153, Grand Army of the Republic,
the Civil War Museum of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library.

Other special Civil War events all weekend long!!!

READ MORE ABOUT IT FROM NEWSPAPER ARTICLES -

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - February 20, 2000:
"Drive to revive Civil War post, library"

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - February 20, 2000:
"9th Reserves staging `American Cousin'"

News Release - April 5, 2000:
MUSIC HALL SHOW COMMEMORATES
135th ANNIVERSARY OF LINCOLN ASSASSINATION

BENEFITS LIBRARY'S CIVIL WAR MUSEUM

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - April 9, 2000
"Andrew Carnegie was so much more than a businessman"
Includes information on -
Civil War and
Pittsburgh-Area Soldiers Carry President Lincoln
Out of Ford's Theatre After Shooting


Notice - September 8, 1999:
Tour Library's Civil War Museum,
Captain Thomas Espy Post No. 153, Grand Army of the Republic,
Wednesday Nights Throughout Year, Except Holidays

Notice - August 14, 1999:
Tour Library's Civil War Museum,
Captain Thomas Espy Post No. 153, Grand Army of the Republic,
Wednesday Nights through October 27, 1999

News Release - July 9, 1999:
Tour Library's Civil War Museum,
Captain Thomas Espy Post No. 153, Grand Army of the Republic,
Wednesday Nights through Labor Day, 1999

Two short, 1899 Newspaper Articles About the Captain Thomas Espy GAR Post
[Prior to 1906 creation of Civil War Museum in Library]

Donations of Civil War Artifacts, Received by the
Civil War Museum of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library

Artifact No. 1999-1 - 1864 Honorable Discharge of John W. McCowan
Donated by Mr. William Hertrick of Crafton, Pennsylvania, during his visit
to the Captain Thomas Espy Post Civil War Museum on August 4, 1999.

Discharge***Enlarged View

Reverse Side of Discharge

Artifact No. 1999-2 - Harper's Pictorial History of The Civil War
(reprint of original 1866 volume)
Reference Copy(Quarto-Oversized) in Civil War Museum collection.
Note: Additional copy for public loan in collection(Quarto-Oversized section of Reference Room) of Andrew Carnegie Free Library.

Artifact No. 1999-3 - The Civil War, Volume 8 of The American heritage new illustrated history of the United States. Created and designed by the editors of American heritage.
Reference Copy in Civil War Museum collection.

Artifact No. 2000-1 - Three Ring Union Bullet, .58 Caliber
Found on the Battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
[originally sold for $4.75 by The Horse Soldier,
P.O. Box 184, Cashtown PA 17310, (717) 334-0347]
Donated by Helen Shick, Life Trustee,
Andrew Carnegie Free Library,
At the Regular Meeting of the Library Board of Trustees,
Tuesday Evening, February 29, 2000.

Artifact No. 2000-2 - Certificate from Captain Thomas Espy Post, Number 153, Grand Army of the Republic acknowledging donation of artifact to the Espy Post, by the grandfather of Library Life Trustee Helen Shick.
Donated by Helen Shick, Life Trustee,
Andrew Carnegie Free Library,
At the Regular Meeting of the Library Board of Trustees,
Tuesday Evening, February 29, 2000.

Artifact No. 2000-3 - Abe Lincoln of Pigeon Creek, a novel by William E. Wilson.

Reference Copy in Civil War Museum collection.
Donated by Helen Shick, Life Trustee,
Andrew Carnegie Free Library,
At the Regular Meeting of the Library Board of Trustees,
Tuesday Evening, February 29, 2000.

Artifacts From Other American Wars
On Display at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library

Cannons from the Spanish-American War
guard the entrance to the Andrew Carnegie Free Library

Cannon on north side of Library entrance. *** Cannon on south side of Library entrance.

Black-Out Blinds Used by the Library During Air Raid Drills,
Conducted During World War II

Donations of Civil War artifacts, books, and other materials, to the Civil War Museum of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library(or the donation of artifacts from other wars to the Library), are welcome and encouraged. For more information, regarding a donation to the Museum, contact the Andrew Carnegie Free Library.

Other News Regarding the Civil War Era

A Note About News Articles in This Archive

Wilson Fuoco, Linda. "Photo exhibits in Carnegie mark 150th anniversary of Civil War battle."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011 April 7.
Pitz, Marylynne. "Civil War mystery: Do you recognize anyone in this photograph?"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011 April 3.
Iconic photograph of Civil War veterans at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, Pennsylvania.
"Espy Post members."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2011 April 3.
Oster, Doug. "Capt. Thomas Espy Post Video." Blog: Gardening with Doug.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2011 April 3.

Bauder, Bob. "Pittsburgh, Lincoln crossed paths in trip to D.C."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2011 Feb. 13.
"Some organizations are tapping private sources of money. Diane Klinefelter, director of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library in Carnegie, said the Massey Charitable Trust of Bridgeville is providing the funding for a full schedule of events April 30 at the library and for nearby Carnegie Park's Civil War living history weekend, expanded this year because of the anniversary.
"The library is home to a rare Civil War veterans meeting room known as the Captain Thomas Espy Post No. 153 of the Grand Army of the Republic, which has been fully restored."

Shribman, David. "Today's Civil War."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2010 Aug. 15.

Shribman, David. "The Civil War keeps getting redefined."
The Blade, Toledo 2010 Aug. 15.

Wilson Fuoco, Linda. "Lincoln portraits on display at renovated post in Carnegie."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2010 Feb. 11.
As part of celebration for reopening of Civil War Museum of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, Pennsylvania.

Shaw, Kurt. "Art illustrates an amazing life of James J. White."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2010 Jan. 24.
"He also cataloged all of the objects in the collection of the Captain Thomas Espy Grand Army of the Republic Post No. 153 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library in Carnegie."

Colimore, Edward. "Could Confederate surrender paper be original?"
Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Aug. 7.

Robrish, Dan. "Museum: Civil War surrender document no photocopy."
Google.com/AP 2008 Aug. 2.

Prout, Lloylita. "Phila. Civil War museum holds open house before closing."
Philadelphia Inquirer 2008 Aug. 1.

Rodgers, Ann. "Saturday Diary: Living in the 19th century."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 July 12.
Re-enactor who assists with Civil War Museum in Andrew Carnegie Free Library.

Salisbury, Stephan. "Civil War history gets an inventory in Philadelphia."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/The Philadelphia Inquirer 2005 March 23.


Also, see -

Ninth Pennsylvania Reserves Civil War Reenactment Group.

Photo Album of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library

History Pages of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library: Link 1 *** Link 2

Official Web Site of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, Carnegie, Pennsylvania

Official Web Site Pages of the Civil War Museum of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library, Carnegie, Pennsylvania,
Captain Thomas Espy Post, Number 153, Grand Army of the Republic: Link 1 *** Link 2


Other Internet Web Sites of Interest

History of Andrew Carnegie and Carnegie Libraries

History of Astronomer, Educator, and Optician John A. Brashear, Friend of Andrew Carnegie

History of The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, Pittsburgh - America's Fifth Major Planetarium !

History of The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Chicago - America's First Major Planetarium !

History of The Duquesne Incline, Pittsburgh - Historic Cable Car Railway Serving Commuters and Tourists since 1877 !

Other History Links


Disclaimer Statement: This Internet Web Site is not affiliated with the Andrew Carnegie Free Library,
Ninth Pennsylvania Reserves Civil War Reenactment Group, Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium and Observatory,
The Carnegie Science Center, The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Institute, or The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

This Internet, World Wide Web Site administered by Glenn A. Walsh.
Unless otherwise indicated, all pages in this web site are Copyright 2000-2011, Glenn A. Walsh, All Rights Reserved.
The author thanks The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Three Rivers Free-Net for use of their digital scanner and
other computer equipment, and other assistance provided in the production of this web site.
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