HAMMOND | Eighth-grade history students from Hammond's St. John Bosco School learned of their region's participation in the Civil War during a Tuesday field trip to the Indiana Welcome Center.
The students toured the Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln exhibit, which documents the participation of Northwest Indiana residents who answered President Abraham Lincoln's call to duty during the 1861-65 war.
The free public exhibit tells the region's Civil War story through hundreds of photos, narrative text, artifacts and replica battle flags. The exhibit opened in February and runs daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 30 at the Welcome Center, just off the South Kennedy Avenue exit of Interstate 80/94.
The exhibit also offers free screenings of the independent film, "Saving Lincoln," at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April. Free field trips are available to region schools.