ACK IN THE SADDLE
When last we checked in with the Grand Army of the Republic museum, it was cluttered, closed and at a crossroads. A curator with professional archival experience had replaced a caretaker, and there was much work to do organizing and reorganizing one of the city’s smallest but scrappiest museums, a place that has survived since 1962 without a penny of public money. Brought in to make an already fascinating place even better, curator Chuck Hill is ready for the tourist season, and so the museum, which closed last August, is set to reopen on April 5 at 10 a.m. The museum at 629 S. Seventh St. features relics and documents from the Civil War, but this is no Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and so it will be open just three days a week – Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays – from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free, but visitors nonetheless should cough up a few bucks to ensure the place, which is owned and operated by the National Woman’s Relief Corps, an auxiliary to a defunct Civil War veterans organization, flourishes. We’d be poorer without it.