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4/26/2018 Member News

Nationally Acclaimed "The American Soldier" exhibit to open May 2

Media Release

The American Soldier Storms Back into St. Petersburg
The Nationally Acclaimed Photography Exhibit Finds a Permanent Home at the St. Petersburg Museum of History

St. Petersburg, FL (April 26, 2018) – The birth of photography turned the camera into a notebook of history, especially when it came to battlefields and the men and women in a U.S. uniform. A celebrated collection of those historic American military photographs make its way back to St. Petersburg in May, and this time for good.

The St. Petersburg Museum of History is proud to announce that The American Soldier – A Photographic Tribute opens May 2 in the Museum’s main gallery. A dramatic exhibition of nearly 70 wall-to-wall photographs capturing the essence of American soldiering for more than 150 years, the exhibit will take guests on a soldier’s journey from the Civil War to the streets of Baghdad.

The oversized, award winning photographs capture the emotions of danger, frustration, humor, camaraderie, death and victory that American soldiers encountered in this odyssey through history.

Museum curator Nevin Sitler and collections manager Amy Anderson have added various military artifacts from the Museum’s collection - including weaponry, uniforms and equipment - to complement the award winning exhibit.

The American Soldier made its St. Petersburg debut in 2014 to record-breaking attendance for a three month run. Originally on loan from curator Cyma Rubin and her Business of Entertainment, Inc., Rubin decided to retire the world renowned traveling exhibit in 2018 and graciously gifted it to the St. Petersburg Museum of History, where it will now becomes part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

“We’re still in shock that this amazing exhibit, one of the greatest photographic collections of its kind, now belongs to the St. Petersburg Museum of History,” said Rui Farias, Museum Executive Director. “Words can’t express how grateful we are to Cyma Rubin and The Business of Entertainment for gifting this collection to the Museum of History.

“Visitors and residents who missed this enlightening exhibit four years ago now have a second chance to walk through photographic history.”

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.

Exhibit Opening: The American Soldier
Opens: Wednesday, May 2 for a limited run

Museum Operations during Pier & Pier Approach Construction
Although the street will be under construction, the Museum of History will be open for normal operations during the Pier and Pier Approach construction. Visitors can continue to enter the Museum through the front doors on 2nd Avenue NE.

Location: St. Petersburg Museum of History
The St. Petersburg Museum of History – celebrating 96 years of sharing stories of the Sunshine City – is located at 335 2nd Avenue NE on the Pier Approach. Hours are 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday and Noon-5pm on Sundays. For more information, please call 727.894.1052 or visit
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