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Lone Star Adventure: Pearce Museum

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This week's Lone Star Adventure features a Civil War museum that's one of the best in the country that you may not know about. FOX 4's Richard Ray takes us to Corsicana and the Pearce Museum at Navarro College.

The Pearce Museum has been called the best Civil War museum west of the Mississippi. This hidden gem is a multi-media museum. It includes a battlefield experience told through reenactors and film. The script is real, taken from pen and pencil dialogue from the museum's collection of more than 15,000 documents.

Handwritten letters from Confederate and Union soldiers is only part of the treasure. The museum is home to remarkable artifacts, including a bloodstained prayer book and a rifle with the minie ball still embedded in its stock.

It all started with a single letter rancher Charles Pearce purchased for his wife Peggy in 1991. The collection continues to grow even after Pearce's death. The museum embodies his vision to show the Civil War for what it was from the viewpoint of the common soldier.

There is heightened interest in the Civil War right now. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the conflict. In honor of the anniversary, the Pearce Museum has created an exhibit that marks the battle of Bull Run. The exhibition runs through October.

For more information please visit the Pearce Museum's website.

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