A hidden gem for Civil War buffs has reopened. The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum in Springfield has reopened after closing in August to update the museum's offerings. Curator Chuck Hill has been busy reorganizing the museum's artifacts from the organization that proved to be the forerunner to veterans groups like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The most impressive artifact of all was one that was seen and heard as the Civil War ended in Virginia.
Between now and October, the museum will be open Thursday through Saturday from 10 to 4. Admission is free and donations are accepted.