May 20, 2011

Museum Exhibit Confiscated Over Smallpox Scare

Betsy McKay, WSJ


An outbreak of smallpox was the farthest thing from Paul Levengood's mind when his staff at the Virginia Historical Society put together an exhibit of "bizarre bits" in the society's collection since its founding in 1831.

There was Confederate President Jefferson Davis's cigar, confiscated by Union troops. There was a fungus carving of Robert E. Lee on his horse Traveller and a wreath made of human hair.

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TAGGED: Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Smallpox