The DuSable Museum of African American History Discover the American Civil War Like Never Before  Discover the American Civil War Like Never Before makes nearly 130 works of art from seven Chicago cultural organizations accessible to teachers, parents, and students around the world.

Developed by a team of museum and library professionals, historians, and teachers, this unique website connects elementary and high school students to the issues, events, and people of the era through:

  • A high-resolution, zoomable gallery of objects
  • Illustrated essays examining the causes and impact of the war and role that art played
  • An extensive glossary of close to 200 art and historical terms and biographies
  • Lesson plans developed by teachers for teachers

To learn more about this one-of-a-kind online tool, please visit The Civil War in Art: Teaching & Learning through Chicago Collections was funded and developed by the Terra Foundation for American Art in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, DuSable Museum of African American History, and Newberry Library.

Selection of Work

Tintype of Black Union Solider, J. L. Balldwin, c. 1863, Chicago History Museum, ICHi-22172.

Tintype of Black Soldier

Currier and Ives, Abraham Lincoln, Sixteenth President of the United States, 1860, Chicago Public Library.

Lincoln Sixteenth President

Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Alexander Phimister Proctor, John Alexander Logan Monument, 1897, Chicago Park District.

Logan Memorial, Grant Park

Shirley Firestone, Harriet Tubman, 1964, DuSable Museum of African American History.

Harriet Tubman

Artist Unknown, Kady Brownell in Army Costume, 1866, The Newberry Library, F 83344.59.

Kady Brownell in Army costume

The Illinois Civil War Sesquicentennial Website hosts a calendar of Civil War-related events in Illinois that we would like to link to on the CWIA website and/or Facebook page. TFAA encourages partners to submit their events to this page using the form located at this following URL:

This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events