Terra Collection Initiative: Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the United States Civil War, the Terra Foundation for American Art partnered with the Newberry Library to mount Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North. The exhibition focused on the enormous and costly effect the war had on civilians, using more than 100 items—paintings, sheet music, and magazine illustrations—to examine the culture of the Northern home front and illustrate the war’s impact on all areas of life. From household economies to the absence of young men at home and from war relief work to the erasure of frontier Indians from the national consciousness, Home Front revealed the all-consuming nature of this transformative war.

Dates & Venue

September 27, 2013–March 24, 2014
The Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Works of Art from the Terra Foundation Collection


Brownlee, Peter John, Sarah Burns, Diane Dillon, Daniel Greene, and Scott Manning Stevens. Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Related Content

Press release: “Terra Foundation & Newberry Present Chicago’s Only Major Sesquicentennial Civil War Exhibition,” September 18, 2013

Website: Civil War in Art: Teaching & Learning through Chicago Collections

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