New York’s Civil War Soldiers- The Exhibition & Opening at The Merchant's House Museum

Below are images from the installation and opening of New York’s Civil War Soldiers: Photographs of Dr. R. B. Bontecou, Words of Walt Whitman. The Merchant's House Museum, built in 1832 served as an ideal location for the display of the Burns Collection's Civil War photography and ephemera. After a lecture in the period front parlor and book signing on the lower level, guests enjoyed a warm spring evening in the 'secret garden'. Everyone seemed to be able to enjoy the hors d'œuvres despite a sensitive yet graphic lecture depicting hospital gangrene and amputation.

(All Images © The Burns Archive)
Visitors Enjoy the 7th Regiment Display
Dr. Burns Adding Finishing Touches
The Tersa Viele Civil War Photo Album
Display Case With Civil War Surgical and Bone Specimen Photos
Along with an Amputation Kit
Stereoviews, Brady Images, a Tintype of Volunteer Nurses
Postwar Books, Medals, and Stereoviews Among Other Items
Some Battlefield Images, an Ambrotype of a Confederate Solder,
The New York Herald & Harper's Weekly Papers
One of Four Display Shelves/Tables of Bontecou Medical Images
With Walt Whitman Excerpt from Specimen Days
More Bontecou Images Below the Table
Shelf of Bontecou Large 'Teaching Album' Photos
(The Second Shelf Displays 'Contributed' Images)
Dr. Burns Gives Jeff Rosenheim of
The Metropolitan Museum of Art a Special Tour
Guests Peruse Display Cabinets at the Reception
In the Garden