A privately financed exhibit on Washington's first territorial governor, Isaac Stevens, gets a formal grand opening at 5 o'clock today at the Capitol.
The exhibit went up Friday at the Office of the Secretary of State in the Legislative Building and runs through February 2012. It is called "Young Man In A Hurry: The Life of Isaac Stevens & The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War."
Secretary of State Sam Reed's staff has details and background including this:
During the opening ceremony, Dr. Kent Richards, author of the compelling book Isaac I. Stevens: Young Man in a Hurry, will offer insight into this complex figure. Another speaker will discuss Washington and the Civil War. The opening ceremony will feature a folklore singer who will perform songs from the mid 1800s. Also on tap are roughly 20 Civil War re-enactors of the 4th Infantry, which was the unit stationed in Washington Territory until the Civil War's outbreak.The exhibit includes a panel showing that many generals on the Union and Confederate sides of the Civil War served in Washington Territory. Thanks to the cajoling of his persuasive staff, Reed will be dressed as a Civil War-era Union general during the opening ceremony.