ST. PETERSBURG – The birth of photography turned the camera into a notebook of history – especially when it came to battlefields and those in uniform.
The St. Petersburg Museum of History is bringing that notebook of American military history to St. Petersburg with the opening of The American Soldier – A Photographic Tribute. The exhibit opened March 18 and will run through July 13.
The American Soldier is a dramatic exhibition of 116 wall-to-wall photographs capturing the essence of American soldiering for more than 150 years. The exhibition guides visitors through the Civil War, Spanish American War, Boxer Rebellion, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Afghanistan, and the streets of Baghdad.
The exhibition captures the emotions of danger, frustration, humor, camaraderie, death and victory that American soldiers encountered in this odyssey through history.
Arriving from the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in Texas, space for the exhibit was an initial challenge, but the museum underwent interior renovations adding exhibit space to accommodate The American Soldier and enhance the guest experience.
“The arrival of this amazing exhibit is a major coup for St. Petersburg and the Museum of History,” said Rui Farias in a press release. Farias is executive director at the museum. “It compelled us to be creative and in the process, the redesign and remodeling of our interior exhibit space is energetic and inviting. This exhibit gives the Museum of History the opportunity to re-create itself as a cultural center. Our goal is to use art, photographs and artifacts to teach history.”
Cyma Rubin is the curator and producer of The American Soldier, as well as the curator of the highly successful exhibition, Capture the Moment – The Pulitzer Prize Photographs.
The St. Petersburg Museum of History is at 335 Second Ave. NE. Museum hours for the exhibit are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.