State Capitol and Civil War

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my Pennsylvania stamp

As I arrived into Harrisburg, I drove to the Pennsylvania State Capitol building, which I have visited earlier. I would make a quick visit, and get a stamp for my Capitol Collection book. 

This book is like the NPS Passport book, but with capitol buildings. I would learn of this book, from Bill (Zagnut66), after saying that I may consider adding another quest. I thought it was sold in gift shops, but turns out, they have to be bought online. In case anyone is wondering, it is this web site... The Capitol Collection.

Arriving there, I made a very quick visit, and got my first stamp in the book. Then came back out, as I only paid for a very short time for parking.

diorama of "The Battle of Shiloh"
That accomplished my 2nd goal for the day. But I also had another attraction in mind. 

Leaving the Captiol area, I drove to the National Civil War Museum. It would have been quite a distance, if I walked there. And then, going up a hill. I learned that there were no buses that went to this museum. So good thing that I came by car, as I have considered coming to Harrisburg another way.

I would enter into the museum, and looked around. I had a little less than 2 hours to see this place. And hoped to see it all, as I have been meaning to visit this place. 

But I would not see it all, as there is a lot to see in this place. The museum was all about the American Civil War, which happened from 1861 to 1865. It went in chronological order, from the beginning to the end. And there were a couple temporary exhibitions, with one of them being on Reconstruction, which was about civil rights after the war.
view of Harrisburg area
The other being about honoring the war veterans of the Civil War. More about visiting this place in the review here.

I ran out of time, and was not able to see everything, and skimmed through the temporary exhibitions. When exiting the building, I saw that it was raining very hard. At first, I tried to wait it out. But realizing that it was not going to stop anytime soon, I had to venture into the rain. Then drive through it.

I made a couple stops, one of them at a Sam's Club. Then a quick stop at Chocolate Town in Hershey, to get some fresh chocolate bars. I arrived there, about 5 minutes before closing. I ran inside the shop, and bought a few bars. Then back out, and started to head home.

I would drive most of the way in the rain. But luckily, it would later stop, as I did make it back home.

It was a fun day trip, and one that I wanted to do, just to make sure I did things in a certain way. Now, I do plan to do a similar one for New Jersey.

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my Pennsylvania stamp
my Pennsylvania stamp
diorama of The Battle of Shiloh
diorama of "The Battle of Shiloh"
view of Harrisburg area
view of Harrisburg area
old desk inside the Capitol
old desk inside the Capitol
display of the Slave Trade
display of the Slave Trade
chain and collar, used on slaves
chain and collar, used on slaves
Confederate flag that flew over Ft…
Confederate flag that flew over F…
recruitment ads, asking for volunt…
recruitment ads, asking for volun…
different games, played by soldiers
different games, played by soldiers
musical instruments
musical instruments
items used for medical care on the…
items used for medical care on th…
display on Field Hospital
display on Field Hospital
chair from the Confederate White H…
chair from the Confederate White …
painting of The Last Salute
painting of "The Last Salute"
portrait of Abraham Lincoln
portrait of Abraham Lincoln
violin case, which doubles as a mu…
violin case, which doubles as a m…
portrait of Lincoln and the parade…
portrait of Lincoln and the parad…
cotton items on display
cotton items on display
38-star US flag
38-star US flag
Harrisburg Sights & Attractions review
Museum on the Civil War
The National Civil War Museum is quite a distance from the Pennsylvania State Capitol building. And up on winding and hilly trail in Reservoir Park. A… read entire review
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