Teacher Resources


We have a variety of teacher

resources available

at our

Echoes Through Time Learning Center


Our Learning Center is the ONLY

Civil War Learning Center/ Museum


Western New York !


Some of our Teacher resources available:

Our Learning Center

We have one of the largest privately owned collections of the Civil war era, used for educational purposes in Western NY

We have a wide variety of weapons, uniforms & equipment

  • Many items in our collection are used in our presentations
  • Many of our displayed items are very unique covering all the major military services and many of the supporting services

Many items within the exhibit are able to be touched: Uniforms, equipment or displayed items not under glass – to touch history!

  • At no time, are the weapons such as: swords, firearms, knives or bayonets to be handled or held in anyway by students under the age of 18 yrs – this is a safety precaution
  • We do have non-firing firearms available for students to handle if permission is given.We often use wooden cutouts of rifles to help demonstrate soldiering with the students


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If you are planning to visit us:

If you are planning a visit our Learning Center, these are some benefits

  • We can accommodate any size group from a small handful to about 150 in front of our Learning Center
  • We can accommodate larger groups if needed, providing that we make prior arrangements with the mall to hold larger programs in the food court or open mall areas.
  • We ask for at leased 3 weeks notice for a program or tours
  • Your class will get a chance to tour our Learning Center’s exhibits & collections
  • We can do most any type of Civil War program (many to choose from); where we use many of our items in the collect to demonstrate or show; a type of visual aide to help your students understand the program presented
  • Wide range of weapons, uniforms & equipment to see
  • Enjoy our uniformed staff to do your educational program

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Our Reference Library

  • We have one of the largest, privately own libraries regarding Civil War history in WNY
  • Our libraries collection has many works regarding battles & leaders, biographies, weapons, and reference material
  • 2000 + book collection including many rare books





Our resources are here to help aide our educators in their curriculum


Books available

  • We have a variety of books available to suite any age including children’s activity books & coloring books





Echoes Through Time

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Echoes Through Time shared Andersonville National Historic Site's post.

A Glimpse into Andersonville’s Archives

Chartered in 1883, the Women’s Relief Corps (WRC) served as an auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic. In 1896 they obtained the land that was once the location of the infamous Andersonville Prison, and right away started making improvements to the run-down condition that they received it in.

One of their first projects was constructing a cottage on site for families visiting Andersonville National Cemetery to use. This nine room, brick cottage sat on a piece of newly acquired land that the WRC purchased as an expansion to their preservation effort. Their ultimate goal: to memorialize the prison site. Efforts to create a memorial to the Civil War prisoners who suffered and died in the prison included a memorial rose garden, memorial orchard of pecan trees, and a road surrounding the historic prison site for visitors to use to explore.

By 1910, the grounds became almost too expensive for the WRC to maintain. It was then that the U.S. Government agreed to a land transfer. A WRC monument was erected at Andersonville in 1911 to honor the efforts of the women managing the site, followed by a monument to one of their founding members, Lizabeth Turner. While the government owned the land, however, the WRC still managed some aspects of it until the 1950s.

The WRC medal handed out to its members was in the shape of a Maltese cross. Some with red, white, and blue ribbons, others (like the one pictured) have the red, white, and blue stripes incorporated into the medal. “F.L.C” is engraved in each one to remind members of the Corps’ founding motto: Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty.

This metal, along with other items in our collections, will be on display in the National Prisoner of War Museum later this year. (JH)(NPS Photo)