Civil War Treasures in Your Nation’s Attic was filmed as part of The Civil War: America’s Long Struggle event hosted by the National Archives at Atlanta in the spring of 2011. The event commemorated the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Attendees were given the opportunity to display their Civil War artifacts and heirlooms and learn more about their historical significance from experts at the event.
“It’s one thing to hear about the Civil War in a lecture or read about it in books. It’s another to dig through your attic and find your family’s place in the greater narrative," said Jim McSweeney, Regional Administrator, National Archives at Atlanta.
The National Archives at Atlanta is a center for the study of the history of the South. Records in the National Archives tell the story of southern families and communities, technological advances that changed lives, and social and economic forces that shaped the makeup of our society. The Archives in Morrow has both a Microfilm Research Room and an Archival Research Room with extensive microfilm holdings of value for genealogy research and general historical interest. It also has about 150,000 cubic feet of archival holdings dating from 1716 to the 1980s, primarily textual records but also maps, photographs, and architectural drawings.